I have the bodum elec vac pot and I love it.
I have had it about three years now and havent had a problem yet.
WHen I goto work in the morning I don't need an entire 12 cup pot of
coffee so I use it to heat up my water quickly to pour through the swiss
gold, about two cups or so worth every morning, more on weekends.
Tricks. well. grind the grounds fairly coarse, like a drip pot and
work down from there on the fine ness. This pot does NOT need super
fine grounds to make a great coffee because of the way it bubbles and
churns up topside.
One thing I have found is that, if sealed up and turned on cold, a cup
or two of water will migrate north before really hitting full temp, and
this can be an issue for some folks, and also cause the water to come
rushing down south again very fast when it clicks off.
What I do is,I keep the top part with the grounds off until the water
temp hits about 170 - 180 degrees F. or the outside starts getting very
warm to the touch. you can tell this temperature without a thermometer
because this is when the bubbles start to really start clinging to the
side of the unit... a thermometer is better though. Once it hits that
temp, put the top in to seal it, and let it do it's thing and boil
itself up then siphon down from that point.
I find that this will slow down the water travel downwards quite
significantly to allow it more time up top to extract, maybe taking
abotu a minute to fully siphon down once the pot clicks off instead of a
10 second whoosh when left to go from totally cold. Why it does this I
have NO friggin clue, one would think steam is steam in the bottom and
the boil would drive the NCG's out but, well, I dont know.
The pot will make a cleaner coffee. I like 'mouth feel' ie sediment in
my coffee... I tell others, I like my coffee chunky, with the sediment
of the swiss gold. This one filters a bit better than the SG so the
coffee will be i guess you could say cleaner.
Start with an automatic drip grind and go finer from there to suit your
taste. You don't want to go too fine because it can start to get bitter
I find, I believe this would be over extraction.....
TO be honest, I am not quite sure why tom didn't really like the
electric pot, though it doesn't have the precision of a gas one. One
word though, the smaller 4/6 cup electric pots, I have heard nothing but
problems about... they all start leaking and the people end up sending
the in for warranty several times before getting a bigger one. Design
Enjoy your pot, and contrary to what many will try to tell you, it WILL
make a good pot of coffee.