So much for Christmas lists. My kids did not talk with each other and I got nothing off my list. Well, not quite true, as my daughter did pick up a tea kettle for me after Christmas to heat water for the vacuum pot and French press that I did not get. My first pot purchase beyond my espresso maker will be a vacuum coffee maker. Any recommendations between the Yama or Bodum Santos, both of which will let me brew coffee on my stovetop and later graduate to a spirit lamp at the table? -Mark homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
--On 1/3/03 10:48 AM -0500 mark_neuhausen wrote: <Snip> I'd say the Yama. I started with the Bodum, and it worked ok, but when I chipped the siphon tube, I got a Yama as a backup. It doesn't make as much coffee (2 American mugs), but I like the cloth filter better than the plastic disk (which stalled a time or two on me), and the coventional handle on the pot is easier to use than that weird straight one on the Bodum. And it's cheaper. As for the spirit lamp kit, I bought one of those with the Bodum, and only used it a couple of times. Unless you start with just-off-boiling water, it takes forever to send the water "north." I use the stand now with a little butane stove when I need to make coffee away from the kitchen. Fulton Martin __=o&o>__ fulton San Diego, CA N32 43.956, W117 05.874 homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
I have a bodum, works really good now that I've upgraded my grinder. Don't think you will be able to use a propeller grinder, or even a Braun KMM-30 "burr" grinder. The filter would plug up on the powdered coffee grounds that both of those invariably passed. Got a Rancilio Rocky delivered on New Years Eve. Haven't had a problem since then. The Bodum's pot has a flat bottom so it will work on a stovetop as well as on the spirit lamp stand. If you use it on an electric range get the Chemex wire grid at SM. Mike T.