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Topic: New Vac Pots vs. Old (was: Broken Hario upper globe) (2 msgs / 78 lines)
1) From: David B. Westebbe
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I don't have any new pots, so I'm not really in a position to comment on
them.  I've got a bunch of antique ones, tho. I'd love to hear some
comments on the plusses and minuses of the currently manufactured vac
pots, and how they compare to the old ones. 
Does anyone have an opinion on which vac pot makes the best brew?  New
or old?
How about durability or ease of use? New or old? Ease of cleaning?  
I like the narrow-neck Silex because the glass is nice and thick.  I've
dropped one on the floor before without it breaking.  I use a Cory rod,
because it is easy to use and to clean. 
So what about the Harios and Yamas and Conas?

2) From: John Blumel
On Jan 11, 2005, at 3:30pm, David B. Westebbe wrote:
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I can't make any comparisons with the older vac pots but in terms of 
how I would rate the above three (Yama = SM's model, Cona = "D" model) 
and the Bodum Santos:
Cup Quality:
1. Cona, tied with,
1. Yama
3. Bodum Santos w/Hario filter
4. Hario Nouveau
5. Bodum Santos w/Bodum filter
Aesthetics (obviously subjective):
1. Cona
2. Hario Nouveau
3. Yama
3. Bodum Santos
Usability:
1. Yama
2. Bodum Santos w/Hario filter
3. Hario Nouveau
4. Cona (I'm not wild about the glass rod filter mechanism)
5. Bodum Santos w/Bodum filter
Durability:
This is difficult to answer. I've only broken a Yama (once a bowl lip 
by banging a cup down on it -- a little too much wine that night -- and 
once a funnel by dropping it on a tile countertop -- hands slippery 
from soap and me distracted.) but the Yama is also the model that has 
received the most use. Also, even though the glass thickness varies 
from pot to pot, I don't think you can draw definitive conclusions on 
that basis alone. I try to treat all of them as *extremely* fragile and 
not test their durability.
Cleaning:
I think they're all pretty equal, although the Cona has the narrowest 
bowl neck. In all cases you need a narrow brush to clean the inside of 
the filter tube and some sort of flexible bottle brush to clean inside 
the bowl, although, the Clearly Coffee that SM's sells does a pretty 
good job in the bowl without a brush.
John Blumel


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