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Topic: Vacuum brewers...What is the big deal? (17 msgs / 324 lines)
1) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
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....

2) From: Barry Luterman
Temperature control and extraction

3) From: Brett Mason
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....
On 8/7/06, Dennis & Marjorie True  wrote:
Brett Mason

4) From: Barry Luterman
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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.

5) From: Bill Morgan
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.

6) From: Gerald and Beth Newsom
Is that a Yama pot, Bill?

7) From: Gerald and Beth Newsom
Ooops sorry, re-read your letter and see now that it is a Bodum Santos..

8) From: Les
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!
On 8/7/06, Gerald and Beth Newsom  wrote:

9) From: Brett Mason
True enough - passion for taste led me to forget passion for incredible
anti-gravity coffee stunts!
On 8/7/06, Les  wrote:
Brett Mason

10) From: Jerry Procopio
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.
RK Drumroasting in Chesapeake, VA
Dennis & Marjorie True wrote:

11) From: David B. Westebbe
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.

12) From: David B. Westebbe
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13) From: Woody DeCasere
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
On 8/8/06, David B. Westebbe  wrote:
"Good night, and Good Coffee"

14) From: Angelo
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...

15) From: Woody DeCasere
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:
"Good night, and Good Coffee"

16) From: Rich Adams

17) From: miKe mcKoffee
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
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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.

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