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Topic: CONA vacuum brewr (2 msgs / 59 lines)
1) From: Paul
I've owned one for nearly three years, but used it for the first time today, following Tom's tips:http://www.sweetmarias.com/brewinstr/brewing.inst.cona.html   Mine was a stove top model I picked up on ebay, so I didn't have to mess with denatured alcohol. Great coffee! almost as good as a french press. Having only the glass stopper, should I always expect a few grounds? No big deal, I just let them settle to the bottom. How the CONA rate compared to other vacuum brewers?
PAUL
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2) From: Doug Hoople
A stovetop Cona?!? Not surprised, but I hadn't heard of it. The only Conas
I'm aware of are the ones that Tom & Maria are selling. T & M have had one
of the fancy ones on the 'sale page' for $175 for a few weeks now, and I
have to admit that I've been sorely tempted.
But my wife would be sorely tempted to throw me out of the house and onto a
heap of broken glass if I brought my 6th (!) vacpot into the house in just 3
months, and I'm still trying to soothe her rattled nerves at the sight of
the brand-new Baratza Virtuoso that's sitting in the spot where the old
Krups used to be.
So, discretion being the better part of valor, I've refrained from making
the 'sales page' listing one item smaller, but it would be awfully nice to
have that ceremonial beauty as a flagship to this awfully nice collection of
glass vessels!
On my Yama 5-cup and Yama 8-cup with a rare Corning rod (gratefully received
as a gift from a good friend on the SM homeroast list), the resulting brew
is extraordinarily clean and almost always completely free of stray grounds.
The Cona rod is smoother still than the Corning rod, and so I'm surprised
that anything's actually making the break from funnel to pot, but you never
know.
There's no more fervent a believer than a convert, and I've become a vacpot
nut of late, so I'm surpised to read 'almost as good as a French press.' I
like vacpot coffee a lot better than French press. But then, I've been
brewing with a substandard grinder until just yesterday, so maybe my
impression that French press coffee is muddy needs to be revisited. Still,
I'd be surprised to find that the French press improved on the vacpot.
So I guess no real answer to the question "How does the CONA rate compared
to other vacuum brewers?" Just the odd couple of maunderings under the
influence of a Friday evening gin & tonic, laid in over the haze of a full
day of ecstatic coffee drinking under the influence of A NEW GRINDER!!!!
Hope everyone's enjoying their weekend!
Doug
On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Paul  wrote:
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