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    Information/Reviews of Syphon brewers- NO DISCUSSIONS

    This thread is for the posting of basic information/reviews of espresso machines and is intended to be used as a starting point for those looking at acquiring a siphon.

    For ease of reading posts should be made using the following format:

    Syphon Name:
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    Notes/Comments:

    This thread is not for any discussion, only informational posts in the above format. Any posts made not of this type will be deleted.

    Unless you have some additional information about a syphon that has already been listed, please do not make an additional post.

    Please use the regular forum for any discussion or questions.

    For further information on a particular machine use the search button at the top of the page, or alternatively use your favorite search engine and add the string site:coffeesnobs.com.au to limit the returns to only this site. For those looking for more information, http://baharris.org/coffee/VacuumCoffeePots.htm is a good resource ;)

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    Hario TCA-3

    Hario TCA-3 3 cup Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Hario Glass Japan http://www.harioglass.com/

    Price Range circa $150-200 AUD ** Current supply in Australia limited but was available from Swanhouse in WA

    Considered by some to be one of the best glass Syphons currently in production the glass is certainly clear and even in apperance. Rubber seal appears to be Silicon and it where fits into the lower chamber is thickened glass. Standard of fit of the components is excellent including the stand. Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard but the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee fits under perfectly. Unit comes shipped with a cloth filter and plastic measure/stirring spoon.

    Physical info:
    Weight of Upper Chamber & Rubber Seal 182g
    Brew Capacity 360ml nominal
    Weight of lower Chamber 108g



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    Unibuy TCA-3

    Unibuy TCA-3 3 cup Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Unibuy China

    Price Range circa $80-130 AUD only source in Australia known is Evilbay at this time

    Cheap Clone Hario copy. Glass looks good and very like the Hario but clearly lighter weight in places particularly the upper brew chamber. Rubber seal appears to be Silicon and it where fits into the lower chamber is thickened glass. Standard of fit of the components is good, the stand is not as secure as the Hario but it does have rubberised feet (unlike the Hario). Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard but the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee fits under perfectly. Unit comes shipped with a cloth filter and plastic measure/stirring spoon and a Bamboo Stirrer. Overall looks like a cheap tacky copy (mainly the stand) but the price is good.

    Physical info:
    Weight of Upper Chamber & Rubber Seal 164g
    Brew Capacity 360ml nominal
    Weight of lower Chamber 116g



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    Kono 3/4 Syphon

    Kono 3/4 cup Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Kono Japan http://www.coffee-syphon.co.jp/


    Price Range unknown availability ex Japan only and more expensive than Hario

    This Syphon is different to most of the currently manufactuered ones in that it is Hand Blown Glass and not machine made. The glass brew chamber heavier all round than any other glass Syphons I have seen and the Temperature Stability is Excellent during use. Rubber seal is Natural Rubber. Standard of fit of the components is excellent including the stand. Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard but the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee fits under the lower chamber at a sqeeze. Unit comes shipped with a cloth filter holder and plastic measure/stirring spoon.

    Physical info:
    Weight of Upper Chamber & Rubber Seal 240g
    Brew Capacity 480ml nominal
    Weight of lower Chamber 106g


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    Cona Size 2

    Cona 3/4 cup Size 2 Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Cona (Uk, Germany & USA?)

    Price Range second hand only

    Made from very fine blown glass do not let butter fingered people wash or use one ;). Rubber seal is Natural Rubber. Standard of fit of the components is excellent including the stand. Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard. Unit comes as standard with a glass drainer but it can be used with a cloth one if preferred. If you get one DO NOT use a damp cloth during draw down.

    Physical info:
    Weight of Upper Chamber & Rubber Seal 198g
    Brew Capacity 480ml nominal
    Weight of lower Chamber 70g


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    Bodum Santos

    Syphon Name: Bodum Santos

    Price Range: $130ish in the "gift box"

    Features:
    *Capacity of approximately one litre (or about 8 cups, in japanese syphon brewer speak)
    *Plastic notched filter
    *Curved top section
    *Flat bottom

    *"Gift box" contains:
    **Curved cleaning brush
    **Measuring spoon
    **Stirring spoon
    **Alcohol burner and metal stand (for heating)
    **Stand for upper section
    **Stand for lower section (for serving)
    **Lid for upper section
    **Lid for lower section

    Notes/Comments:
    *Impractical for use to serve one or two people, but great if you have a whole bunch of people over for dinner.
    *The alcohol burner takes a long time to heat up the amount of water used in this syphon, even if it is added to the lower section right off the boil. The heating stand will accommodate the butane burners that are starting to become popular for syphons and these are, IMHO, well and truly worthwhile getting.
    *Plastic filter is easy to clean, but prone to clog. If the filter clogs, the syphon may be at risk of shattering under the vacuum. (The santos will take a cloth filter from a Hario TCA-2, which does not have these problems.)
    *Scrubbing brush does the job very well.
    *Flat bottom means that you can use this syphon on the stove. Be careful, as if the bottom section boils dry, the glass may crack. It might be a good idea to use a spacer or diffuser ring and be sure to keep a close eye on it.





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    Re: Information/Reviews of Syphon brewers- NO DISCUSSIONS

    Name: Cory DKG-S
    Price: $35-$45 USD
    Features:
    • Glass rod filter
    • Flat bottom for stovetop use
    • 8-cup capacity


    Notes:
    There are loads of these on eBay, apparently in the 1950s everyone in the US bought one and then stashed it in the attic. *Their biggest appeals are their vintage look and the glass filter rod. *I like the rod for its no-waste quality but it really is finicky about clogging on the way down. *Ive only had consistent trips south when I dont whirlpool. *Another large downside to these old pots is that their rubber gaskets tend to be dried up and wont seal well, but they can be reconditioned: http://www.aboutcoffee.net/2008/03/r...t-gaskets.html. *The final downside Ill mention is that the dip tube leaves too much water in the carafe leading to a diluted cup. *I solved this problem by extending the tube with a piece of vinyl tubing so that only about 1/8" is left behind.

    Overall I do like this vacuum pot because it brews a very good cup of coffee with less sediment than a press pot.

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    Pyrexware Syphon by Corning 7748

    Pyrexware 9 cup Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Corning

    Price Range Circa $30-50 second hand only made in 1970s

    Very heavy Glass compared to the Hario types as it is designed for use on Gas or Electric Stoves. It comes with a heat diffuser in the box for using on electric elements. Rubber seal is Natural Rubber. Unit comes shipped with a slightly different style sprung cloth filter holder and plastic measure/stirring spoon.

    Physical info:
    Brew Capacity 9 cup 45 oz nominal

    Very Similar to David Peters Cory above in style and look



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    Duralux "Deluxe"

    Duralux 8 cup Aluminium Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Buckeye Aluminum Co.

    Price Range Circa $50+ second hand only

    Just the thing to add to the Camping Kit. Teamed with a Hand Grinder and there is no excuse for bad coffee anywhere :) Seal is Natural Rubber. Unit comes fitted with a Stainless Steel filter (which can clog and slow drawdown times) as shown so dont grind to fine. I have also tried a glass rod but without much better results. Adapting a cloth filter shouldnt be to difficult.

    The only reason it is the "Deluxe" model is it has Red Handles not Black ::)

    Physical info:
    Brew Capacity 8 cup Nominal but does 4 cups well


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    Imiki TCA-2 (Hario clone)

    Imiki TCA-2 2 cup Glass Coffee Syphon
    Manufacturer Imiki Japan ??

    Price Range circa Unknown but mine was $0.99 + postage 8-)

    Good quality Hario clone. Rubber seal appears to be Silicon and it where fits into the lower chamber is thickened glass. Standard of fit of the components is excellent including the stand. ** Glass is thicker than my TCA-3 Hario. Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard but the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee fits under perfectly. Unit comes shipped with a cloth filter and plastic measure/stirring spoon.

    Physical info:
    Weight of Upper Chamber & Rubber Seal 160g
    Brew Capacity 240ml nominal
    Weight of lower Chamber 100g

    No real company information availabile but the instructions refer to it as a "Hario coffee syphon". Just for fun a quote from the instructions "Wash Grass bowls in water without using soap...." *;D


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    Hario NCA-5

    Hario NCA-5 5 cup Glass Coffee Syphon (also available as a 3 Cup)
    Manufacturer Hario Glass Japan http://www.harioglass.com/

    Price Range circa was $200 AUD but no longer available so second hand only.

    Considered by some to be one of the best glass Syphons currently in production the glass is certainly clear and even in apperance. Fited with a Rubber seal & where fits into the lower chamber is thickened glass. Standard of fit of the components is excellent including the stand. Supplied with an alcohol burner as standard but it is a wickless one the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee is to tall due to the height. Unit comes shipped with a filter that takes paper filter inserts (common in Japan) but the cloth ones from Hario, Bellina or Yama fit well.

    Physical info:
    Brew Capacity 600ml nominal





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    Re: Information/Reviews of Syphon brewers- NO DISCUSSIONS

    Vintage British Made CONA Cory No. 11 a De Luxe

    This is a superb vintage syphon made in the UK with cork seals and bakelite lid. The body of the stand is made of wood.

    Glass quality is superb- very thin neck and tube on the parts make cleaning a little harder. Glass is thick.

    Probably had a glass rod filter originally- this one has been fitted with a metal spring/cloth type set up.

    Large capacity - ran a test brew and the result was superb. Used a cold cloth to accelerate draw back- no exploding dome-

    Build quality is superb- the neck clamp is the nicest I have seen on any syphon. The cork seal looks its age (50+years?) but still seals perfectly in testing. The feet on this one was badly damages so I replaced with a modern part of the same specs. It is chromed ally (just like the original) and looks a perfect match.

    and looks? well, a thing of great beauty no doubt:







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    Re: Information/Reviews of Syphon brewers- NO DISCUSSIONS

    While we are on a Cona theme.

    Cona Model A 2-3 cup Glass Coffee Syphon (no longer in production) Also available in model B, C and D (1.5 litres)
    Manufacturer Cona either England or Germany

    Price Range All models including second hand $100+ to $250+ for model D new.

    Glass quality is outstanding as is the overall component fit and function. Seal is in natural rubber. These units are designed to be used with a Glass drainer but the Hario types can be used. Supplied with a beautifully made alcohol burner as standard the Butane one from Sorrentina coffee is to tall to fit.

    Physical info:
    Brew Capacity 300ml nominal

    Now looking for the Cona Rex model to go with these 2. Syphon in the background is a Hario 3 cup for size reference.



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    Re: Information/Reviews of Syphon brewers- NO DISCUSSIONS

    Syphon Name: Royal Balancing Coffee Syphon
    Price Range: Paid $40NZD
    Features:
    Notes/Comments: Fun to watch and definately gets the comments when you place on the dinner table after a meal. Im pretty new to the whole syphon thing and have not been using any sort of filter as other people Ive seen with this setup use. I simply grind a course press on my hario, pour the contents into a plastic container and tap it on the side to forse the finer grinds allowed through the hario (play at courser grinds) to the bottom. I then scoop only the top grinds into the syphon.

    Im sure the above setups make a far better cup and this is more for display but I gave it a whirl for 40 bucks and it aint half bad.


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    Syphon Name: the CONA coffee machine kitchen model (unsure of the model... only says 'STANDARD MODEL')
    Price Range: Paid $40
    Features: glass rod filter
    Notes/Comments:

    I really dont like the stand it came with! a little flimsy and unstable wire

    a little bit on the large side - picked it up at a garage sale not long ago. i think the glass rod increases the demand for the need of a good grinder - i found that my hario slim mill was not able to cope =( and clogged up on the draw down. another thing that was mentioned before on this thread was that the tube reaching into the lower chamber has a little too much clearance - coupled with a flat base it leaves a lot of water behind which i find makes a diluted cup (thinking of adding a tube or something... any suggestions? )

    also, while waiting on a gas burner to get shipped (local cafe sold out) i found a pretty nifty site that shows how to make variable output alcohol stoves! had some fun making them on the weekend! =p

    IMG_1586 jpeg.jpg
    IMG_1595 peg.jpg

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    Maker's Name: Nicro, Chicago. A division of Cory Corp.
    Price Range: $40 USD to $100 USD + shipping
    Features: All stainless steel except for gasket. Multiple sizes made.

    Notes/Comments:

    Nicro was an American maker of stainless steel vacuum coffee makers from about 1950 into the 1970s. Early on the company was bought by Cory, one of the two largest makers of glass Vacuum coffee brewers. The Nicros are virtually indestructible units that used a double disc stainless steel labyrinth filter which I have personally never had stall. Unless damaged the filter does an excellent job. Units are found on ebay and Etsy. On Ebay do a search for "Nicro Coffee". Things to ask about or look for when buying are gasket condition and whether the unit includes the all steel disc filter assembly. The newest units are approaching 45 years old or so and the oldest are 65 or so. If the disc filter is missing they will work with glass rod filters, the Silex clothless ceramic disc filter, the Vaculator "Dutch" filter and most other filters from that era. Yama screen and cloth filters for their 8 cup pot will also work. The Diguo filter for Hario units is a bit large in diameter to fit.

    Many more lowers are offered than complete units probably due to restaurants buying multiple lowers for each upper for use as carafes. Also when the unit was retired from coffee duty hubby liked the upper for use as a utility funnel for oil changes etc.

    Depending on model the vacuum tube on the upper unit can vary in length from 3.5" to 4.5". The standard original filter had two hooks to accommodate the different lengths of tube without over stressing the spring. Personally I feel that the original Nicro filter assembly was one of the best vacuum pot filters ever made as it was simple, easy to clean and effective. I am told it can be stalled if you go too fine on the coffee grind but I have not yet had any problems that way and pull down is quick with it in the Nicro pots. My 1512 pulls down in about 2 minutes or so using fairly fine conical burr grind coffee. I have been told that chopper fine ground coffee can cause stalls but this is probably true of many vacuum pot filters.

    Most units are 8 American coffee cups of 5 ounce size or about 1200 ml capacity. The largest is the 1512 model which will brew about 1900 ml or 2 American quarts of water or 12 American 5 ounce cups. The 1512B is closer to 10 American cups while the other models are all 8 cup units typically. Models you might see other than the 1512s are the 500, 468, 468A and 472. Nicro also sold to the commercial area such as restaurants and many of those units do not have any model number stamped. There is also a 510 model which takes a different gasket, no longer produced.

    Replacement gaskets are available from Dayseal.com if needed. They are $25 USD + shipping. The same source has gaskets for some other American vacuum pots including Cory and Silex large gasket units.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Maker's Name: Silex
    Price Range: $30 USD to $100 USD + Shipping
    Features: Glass Vacuum Coffee Makers, 4 to 12 Cups

    Notes/Comments:

    Silex was the first and largest American vacuum coffee maker manufacturer during their high popularity period. Started circa 1914 they were the first to use borosilicate glass, providing better resistance to rapid temperature changes. Earliest units were table top stand units like older Cona vacuum brewers. First stove top units date from about 1922. Still in existence as Proctor Silex but no longer making vacuum coffee pots or supporting older ones with spares.

    Units widely available on ebay and Etsy. There were both narrow neck carafe versions and wide neck versions made. Wide neck ones, easier to clean, date from about the start of WWII but production of the narrow neck ones continued for some time. Seals for both versions are still available. Large neck seals from Dayseal.com and narrow neck from Siliconegear.com, a division of Casco Bay Molding.

    Sizes made varied from 4 cups to 12 cups or so. I have seen a few offered for sale with aluminum or stainless steel uppers and even an all stainless steel model but those are rare. The great majority found used are Pyrex glass 8 cup models. Some are offered with an electric stove but it is going to be 110V so would normally require a transformer for use in Australia.

    Quite a few pre WWII Silex catalogs are available on the oldcoffeeroasters.com web site for those looking at older models on ebay or Etsy.

    Narrow neck Silex vacuum pots typically had relatively flat bottom uppers and work with virtually any filter assembly as long as the spring and hook are acceptable length. They do tend to have long vacuum tubes. The large neck versions have uppers with the extended mushroom bottom like Nicro and Cory units so a few filters may not fit. Silex themselves produced three filters over the years I know of, a ceramic and cloth filter, a ceramic disc filter and a glass rod filter with attached spring. I have used the ceramic disc filter and it has worked well. It has finely serrated edges which sit against the bottom surface of the upper unit and provide the filtering action.

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