Vac Pot Brewers

Clean, sweet and full of flavor; we love vac pot coffee. This group is for people who want to talk technique and up their siphon game.

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Vac pot brewing temperature experiments

Started by Bryan Wray. Last reply by Chris Dodson Feb 11, 2010. 10 Replies

how to . . .

Started by Steve MacDowall. Last reply by Spyridon Gkinnis Oct 4, 2009. 4 Replies

The Elusive Dome: Stirring for Success

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Comment by El Coffee on July 9, 2012 at 6:51am

use sypthon for brew kopi luwak so good...

Comment by Melanie Logan on November 8, 2010 at 1:11pm
Re: Santos

I've had mine about a year and have played quite a bit with different methods. I haven't had the problem Chris mentions with the filter, but I'm in the habit of complete removal for cleaning. My only gripe is that I don't care for the tiny bit of soot in the bottom of my cup. I'm working on a cloth mod that won't affect the coffee release time.
Cleaning is annoying as hell, but I've found that very hot water and putting a dish-cloth inside and swirling is effective to remove oils (and cheaper than a 's' handled brush.
Comment by Chris Dodson on January 23, 2010 at 11:00am
If you own the Bodum Santos, and you've had problems with it, I think I've got my technique FINALLY squared away:

1. I know this almost goes without saying, but keep your grinder as immaculate as possible. I bought a mini, cordless vacuum specifically for my Baratza. I also use a can of air (you know, the ones that you use to clean your keyboard) to blow out any extra little grounds.

2. The Bodum uses the plastic grooved filter. Fail. In my experience, the cloth filters perform GREAT. However, the plastic filter still can be very effective.

I was having issues with grounds getting stuck in the plastic grooves, making it take 2-3 minutes for the coffee to come back down to the bottom. I realized the other day that since I never took the time to acquire Cafiza, I have never truly gotten all of the oils off my vac-pot. The small grounds (no grinder is perfect), which are super oily, got attracted to the oil that was still in the grooves of my filter. The other day, I spent an extra couple minutes taking care of the filter, and BAM! My syphon never performed so well! I spent a lot of time believing that my grind setting was to blame..

Please add to this, or give me your thoughts!
Comment by Derryl Reid on January 3, 2010 at 6:01pm
My cory Vac pot! temperamental but when it works! It gives that wow factor to the coffee!

Comment by Bryan Wray on August 12, 2009 at 3:28pm
Depending on the area you are referring to there could be quite a few around you. We offer the option of vac pot (along with Chemex and press) but drip is still standard.

Comment by victoria fallon on August 11, 2009 at 2:55pm
are there any coffeehouses or cafes that serve coffee in vac pots?
Comment by Richard Penney on August 6, 2009 at 10:34am
Added comment, Orphan Espresso now has many Yama parts and sets.
Comment by Richard Penney on August 6, 2009 at 9:07am
I am a newby here. I have an ancient Hellem #10 from France. I have a gas heater that I use with it. I grew up with the electric vac pots of the '50s. I use JoeGlo as a cloth filter cleaner and no bleach. And, yes, the hassle of the screw on filter support holder is a bit of a hassle. I only use the Hellem when I have company or am apt to be working at home for the day. I was able to view Ben Chen's wonderful brewing video in "how to," by Steve, only today and am very glad to have found it. My brewing will improve!
Comment by Joseph Plaugher on June 14, 2009 at 8:23am
Thanks, Ill take a look there.
Comment by Ross kunze on June 14, 2009 at 6:31am has some. I picked mine up off of ebay, but it wasn't an awesome deal in the end, because of a misleading description. I have the Yama 5, stovetop version. I am extremely happy with it. Buy10-15 extra filters while you are at it, you will need them.

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