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Topic: Was/Is Yama plus Cona rod/Now ending with *my* IMV (38 lines)
1) From: Jim Wilson
I have been thinking about buying a Yama 8 cup brewer for those times  
when one cup isn't enough.  I'm not familiar with the Cona rod, other  
then looking at it on the SM web vacuum brewer page.  What is the main  
advantage of the Cona rod - is it a matter of not messing with cloth  
filters, or does the rod improve the coffee?  I wasn't considering it  
at first, but the thread about chains breaking on the 8 cup model made  
me wonder about adding it to the order.
Thanks,
Wally
~~~~Wally,  Not the response you are no doubt looking for but...I have been using the 5 cup Yama since shortly before the holidays.  Brewing with it has slacked off since I lost my house guests that were here for 2 + weeks but, when I was using it daily for at least two pots a day, all I ever used was the cloth filter that came with the pot.  I did not buy a Cona rod so I can offer no personal feedback there.
However, I would like to say that I have had good success using the oe cloth filter.  I've never had the filter stall.  I use the same grind I use for espresso (which I drink mostly)
I always clean well after every pot.  I use TSP (Joe Glo).  I put a good teaspoon in the bottom after a rinse, fill and swirl w/hot water, pour that solution in the top w/the filter in place, let soak 5 minutes?, drain into the bottom, wash it all well w/my hands, rinse w/hot water, dry the top in and out, fill the bottom with hot water, dry the outside, set it back on the stove, bring to a boil, let the water go up and back down, drain, dry both glass pieces and put away in a pantry cupboard with the filter hanging to dry
The shelving the pot sits on is one of several shelves, plastic coated wire, so the filter clip hook hangs w/o any problem.  I always let it air dry (cloth filter).  never any problems.  At this point I don't see the need for the Cona rod for my use, even if I used it more but I'm cheap and didn't want to drop another $27 for a filter alternative.  I'm getting wonderful results with the cloth filter system.  Now if the wiore thingy ever breaks...I'd attempt a repair.  it's only wire, I have other pieces of wire and don't imagine it would take much to fashion a new hook out of bent wire using needle nose pliers.  but I understand how some wouldn't want to bother rigging a workaround, so the Cona Rod might be the way to go 
To brew, I use 30 to 34 grams of beans, grind, fill the pot just above the 5 cup mark.  Every pot has tasted wonderful.  After the water makes it to the top, that's when I add the grounds, then I let it brew for 2-3 minutes, depending on who is drinking with me= : - )  
Sometime in November I ordered 20 lbs of coffee from SM's, four different beans so 5 lbs each.  The last one I tried (roasted-Behmor drum) was the IMV that was causing quite a stir here for awhile.  I read about this bean's controversy, how some did not care for it no matter how they roasted or brewed that bean so I was eager to test for myself  
I liked it enough to order 20 more pounds= : - )  Just got it yesterday?  I've roasted it C+, FC, FC +, light Vienna in my Behmor drum roaster.  I prefer it ending at FC and it tastes good pulling espresso shots (I like and drink ristretto caps) or vac pot (my only two brewing methods)  
Anyways, getting back to your Yama questions...you said you were considering the 8 cup model, for those times when one cup isn't enough.  I gotta tell ya, the 5 cup Yama I use makes 3 good sized cups or, enough single cups of coffee for 3 people.  For the cost of the Cona rod, maybe you would be better served buying both the 5 and 8 cup Yama, if you think you need the versatility of both sizes.  Again, my 5 cup Yama makes enough coffee for what I would call 3 decent sized cups of coffee to serve one cup to 3 people at a time  
The only downside I've read where someone used the Cona rod (on another list), was when they were stirring the grounds into the water.  The person hit the rod with the spoon and some coffee, grounds got away into the bottom.  And at the risk of repeating myself= : - )  I've been happy using the oe cloth filter (w/my 5 cup Yama pot)
Jake
Reddick Fla.
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