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    Vacpot question

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    Have to be honest, although I have seen (pictures of) them, I never knew what a vacpot was until reading about it here and doing a bit of googling.

    Having seen them, I always wondered what kind of coffee theyd make. *Just read instructions on Coffeekid on how to use it - seems similar to a moka pot. *(water on the bottom, coffee on top) Is it? *Sounds as though it would make pretty nice coffee. *When ever I have lots of guests, I use a large moka pot or two, dont feel like spending hours making coffee one at a time *;)

    Would a vacpot make as good as if not better? *It would be a nice thing to use at a dinner party.

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    Hi Judy,

    According to some very well respected coffee afficiandos.... Alan Frew for one.... Vacuum Pots are capable of producing the highest quality coffee of all the methods available. They are more suited to those who prefer drinking their coffee black, and if this how you like it, then you cant go wrong. As far as comparing to Moka Pots, in my opinion Moka Pots burn the coffee and always leave a "burnt" coffee taste in the mouth, Vacuum or Syphon coffee makers do not do this.

    A very good description of the process is described here.... http://tinyurl.com/73sw2on Alans website,

    Cheers,
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    Thanks very much - certainly a good explanation.

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    The vacpots look interesting but a lot of their appeal comes from the process of making the coffee I would imagine.

    I just started making coffee at work using a plunger. The plungers work really well and are simple and cheap, producing excellent coffee.

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    amen to that Grant!

    That said, the thought of whipping out a funky glass contraption like a vacpot at a dinner party, lighting a little burner under the water, stirring the water with the coffee at the top etc etc sounds kinda cool and different to me...

    Ill invest one day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattgn link=1134125434/0#3 date=1134267443
    The vacpots look interesting but a lot of their appeal comes from the process of making the coffee I would imagine.

    I just started making coffee at work using a plunger. *The plungers work really well and are simple and cheap, producing excellent coffee.

    Grant
    Which is why I was asking about it - certainly would be better than making espresso for a house full of guests :-) Thats when I take out the moka pot, but this sounds better and you could do it at the table

    As far as the plunger is concerned, I used to use one at work, certainly better than instant, but I woudnt say it was excellent :)

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    Judy:

    Id disagree about the plunger coffee. *I think it produces coffee as good as the beans will allow. *It is slightly different to espresso done as an americano but just as good in its own way.

    I had the Ethiopian Limmu at work last week. *Very nice. *The roast taken to start of second crack and a grind setting of about 20 on the Rocky.

    Yes, the vac pots are fascinating.

    Can they be made for dual use ie. vac pot and BONG?

    I think they would make a wicked bong. *You could have a smoke then make the coffee and drink it.

    An Ethiopian Limmu/Indian Ganja blend?*

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    I certainly agree that the humble plunger makes a great brew - rich and full-bodied. However, having both a Vac Pot and a plunger, I find that the quality of the brew (the extraction of flavour & taste from the coffee) to be distinctly superior in the Vac Pot.

    I think that the reason is simple, the brewing temp in the Vac Pot remains constant (at around 98C) throughout the entire duration of the brewing process. With the plunger, the brew temp might start at the right point, but continues to drop throughout the duration of the brew process.

    I have found that a plunger brew can be greatly improved by pre-heating the plunger with hot water prior to brewing. I guess if you have something akin to a tea cosy, that would further improve the quality of the brew. However, if all things were perfect with the plunger, then the quality of flavour extraction would approach that of the Vac Pot.

    While it might appear that I am disparaging the plunger in favour of the Vac Pot, nothing could be further from the truth. I am a great fan of the plunger, and its advantages are unrivalled - ease of portability & use, as well as a fullness of body perhaps second only to espresso.

    In summary, what I am trying to say is - the Vac Pot is more than a pretty face, its simple and flawless technology produces an exquisite brew. The only downside being that the resultant brew can be somewhat thin-bodied due to the vacuum driven filtration process.

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    One of the CS members is working on a deal for CSrs to buy Vac Pots.

    It will be a good saving for a hard to find item if he can make it happen.

    Ill grab one to see how it goes for sure.
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    youve gotta let us all know if/when it happens Andy!

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    Re: Vacpot question

    japan, for some reason, has a huge number of these in coffee shops. most of the places we went into for a quick cuppa had a row of vacpots, with a bunsen burner underneath.
    it was a great way to pass some time, watching them make our coffee, and not being able to actually speak to eachother!

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    Today I brewed some Bali beans in my ancient Silex. Used a 15 grind on the Rocky and let it bubble for three minutes. (Remember, the bubbling has nothing to do with boiling - its a vacpot!) Was it worth the extra fuss? Just watching the stuff go north, change colour, go south...thats worth the price of admission. And then I got to drink the result, sweet and silky.

    The only problem with vacpots is that you need a group of people to enjoy the brew. Hard to make small amounts, especially in a Cona.



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