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Is It A Test Tube? Is It A Hookah? It's A Vacuum Coffee Maker!

Updated on March 20, 2011

The Vacuum Coffee Maker Was Invented Nearly 200 Years Ago!

The vacuum coffee maker is (vacuum coffee) making a comeback! Early in the 1800's, the vacuum coffee maker was invented in Germany by a company known as Loeff. This basic vacuum coffee maker design was later replaced in American homes by the electric coffee maker, but recently has become popular as a novelty item.

A Vacuum Coffee Maker Is A Strange Looking Contraption!

A vacuum coffee maker is made up of four distinct parts. It has two glass globes, one on top of the other, a tube for siphoning the water, and a filter for ground beans. Water is heated in the bottom portion of the coffee maker, creating vapor that forces water up through the tube and filtered grounds, creating brewed coffee in the top portion. 

Cona D Vacuum Coffee Maker Gold
Cona D Vacuum Coffee Maker Gold

The force of the vapor pushes all the water into the upper chamber. At this point you remove the coffee maker from the heat source and the freshly brewed coffee pours back into the lower chamber and is ready to be served.

In the old days, alcohol and wick were used to heat the water, however there are now numerous choices for heating a vacuum coffee maker. You can use a standard stove top or gas range for a quick brewing process. Another option is a wick fueled with butane or alcohol but this method takes quite some time.

Yama 8-Cup Coffee Siphon
Yama 8-Cup Coffee Siphon

Famous Brand Names Of Vacuum Coffee Maker

The full spectrum rainbow range of coffee makers widely available in brick and mortar retail store as well as online web based etailers such as the pod coffee maker, allow any coffee aficionado to locate the coffee maker which best suits their tastes. From the single serve coffee makers to the big 12 cup carafe styles, you can brew as much or as little of your favorite brand as you want. The single serve coffee maker, a smaller model which is also marketed as a 1 cup coffee maker, is a great choice if you only want one cup at a time, and the 4 cup coffee maker is also a great choice for smaller coffee quantities. Watch for the internationally renowned name brands such as Braun coffee maker, and Capresso coffee maker to ensure quality. You might even want to look at the online sources of coffee wholesale if you go through a lot and want to save a lot of money!

If you're looking to select a vacuum coffee maker you can find them under familiar major vacuum pot coffee maker brand names like the Black and Decker vacuum coffee maker, or the Sunbeam vacuum coffee maker. However, don't just disregard any vacuum coffee maker set which comes under unfamiliar brand names, as they can be superlative as well. When purchasing, read the vacuum coffee maker instructions extremely thoroughly and ensure that there is a readily available source of vacuum coffee maker parts for your vacuum brew coffee maker. Be aware that with a stovetop vacuum coffee maker the glass vacuum coffee maker can easily shatter.

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker
Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker

Hints On Making Great Coffee With A Vacuum Coffee Maker

 Not only is fun to watch a vacuum coffee maker brew your coffee, but when used correctly, it produces a perfect cup of java. There are a few steps you can take to ensure you get perfectly brewed coffee every time.

  • Not only is fun to watch a vacuum coffee maker brew your coffee, but when used correctly, it produces a perfect cup of java. There are a few steps you can take to ensure you get perfectly brewed coffee every time.
  • Coarsely ground beans will not clog the filter of your vacuum coffee maker. You may have to use more grounds than you normally would, but the results are far better tasting than drip coffee.
  • Filtered water will produce the best tasting coffee. Tap water contains chlorine and other impurities that can affect the taste of coffee.
  • Wait for the water in the bottom chamber to start boiling before you put the top chamber in place. Make sure the top piece fits snugly for a tight seal. Doing this ensures optimal brewing conditions.
  • You'll want to experiment with different brewing times to find the taste you prefer. Brewing for a longer period will produce stronger tasting coffee. After brewing, keep your coffee warm by placing it in a thermal carafe or thermos.

Handle your vacuum coffee maker with the utmost care. After all, it is made of fragile glass and the slightest knock could break it!

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      7 years ago

      I'm not sure that you would want to wait for the water to "boil" in the lower chamber before placing the upper one on top.

      First, you don't want to boil the water because that is too hot for proper extraction, and part of the advantage of a vacuum brewer is that it does not boil the water. In fact, the water is not boiled, it is because the air is heated and expands in the lower chamber that the water is pushed up into the upper chamber. Second, if you waited for the water in the lower chamber to boil, it would be too hot to allow you to grasp the lower chamber while placing the upper chamber on the lower. well, I suppose that you could wear a heat resistant glove, but it might still be more difficult and hazardous than necessary.


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