I know this will set off a firestorm or will be completely ignored... I have heard that vacuum brewing is the best way to brew coffee.. is this true? What makes them so much better? Just had to ask....
Temperature control and extraction
The process of heating the water results in a maintained brew temp for the entire infusion period, and then a fairly quick return trip. The coffee is marvelous. The entry fee is reasonable whether the Yama on Tom's site, or ebay for an older Cory, Silex, etc. I have a few Cory vacpots - they come out on special occasions like holidays and Saturdays.... Brett On 8/7/06, Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Too add to it. What I should have said is control over the extraction = time. I have a Bodum with a Hario filter (the bodum filter is sucky). I = much prefer it over my TV. As a matter of fact the TV has been in the = closet for over a year now. I keep thinking I'll take it out when = company comes since the Bodum makes only 8 cups. But if you have a = garbage disposal clean up of the vac pot is so fast that even with = company I can keep up with a much better cup than the TV.
I can't testify about what makes vacuum brewed coffee so wonderful, but I can now affirm that it is some of the best I've ever made. I just finished my second pot ever of vacuum brewed coffee. I've been searching the thrift stores for a vacuum brewer for over a year now and finally scored a Bodum Santos for $3! As soon as the world cools down a bit more this evening I'll be roasting a batch of the Blueberry Horse. I can't wait! BTW, does anyone know a source for a replacement rubber seal? This one is a little bit beaten up and seems kinda loose fitting, though it's still quite soft. Bill
Is that a Yama pot, Bill? Gerald
Ooops sorry, re-read your letter and see now that it is a Bodum Santos..
You guys forgot the most important part of Vac brewing: THE VOODOO FACTOR! It is amazing to watch grown adults stand around and watch the coffee head to the top vessel and make the magic journey south again into the bottom vessel! They act like 6 year old kids. I always offer to bring my special coffee maker to various office parties. I often bring my antique Silas or my depression era Vac Pot. And yes all the other stuff you shared is important too! Les On 8/7/06, Gerald and Beth Newsom wrote: <Snip>
True enough - passion for taste led me to forget passion for incredible anti-gravity coffee stunts! Brett On 8/7/06, Les wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
I once did an expirament and simultaneously (or almost simultaneously) made coffee from the same batch of homeroast in a vac pot, Chemex, French Press, and electric drip. The results were amazing. I tried to taste them blind so I wouldn't prejudge. The FP was easy to identify because it doesn't brew clean. What was interesting was how different each tasted. If I didn't know that it was all from the same batch of beans, I would have never believed it. The were ALL good, but each had it's own "taste". If people are interested, maybe this is something we can do at MAG-II at Tara's next month. JavaJerry RK Drumroasting in Chesapeake, VA Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> Best? Who knows? I like my vac pot, and I use it every day. I like it better than drip. = As a day-in, day-out method, I like it better than press pot. It combines the clarity of drip with the full body of press pot. It is good. That is all that matters.
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as a brewing method, it makes a very smooth full bodied cup, it does require alot of coffee for a samller amount of end product, but well worth it. It is a bit messy to clean up which is why it doesn't always get used, maybe 2-3 times a week. better is subjective, it's different, i like the full bodied coffee i get from the fp, some call it a dirty cup, i think it's just more of a raw cup, less polished more of the coffee soul that filters of any kind remove. On 8/8/06, David B. Westebbe wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee" www.onthisjourney.typepad.com
<Snip> Lest people think that ALL filters remove the "essence" of the cup, there are a number of vac pot filters made of various materials (glass, ceramic, metal, etc.) which remove nothing but fines. All the essential oils that are present in a cup from the FP are also present with these filters... The difference in the cup might be more due to the different extraction times and temperatures than the filters used... A+
ok you got me, all paper and fabric filters i wouldnt consider a glass rod a filter, i guess in the most exacting sense of the word it is, but... same for ceramic and metal. thanks for clearing up my statement. I would like to get a Cona vaccuum pot sometime to taste the difference. On 8/8/06, Angelo wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee" www.onthisjourney.typepad.com
<Snip> <Snip> Interesting point. Guess it might be more accurately stated "most" of the essential oils are present with non-fiber filtered vacuum brewing with the grinds themselves filtering some of the oils. I'll keep it simple for a freshly brewed "cup of coffee" anytime in a minute or two with no water to heat whether press or vac or pour-over or whatever and get all the oils plus flavor compounds extracted not possible to get other brewing methods and no grind fines via Bricoletta Americano:-) Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.