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    Vacuum Brewing vs. other methods

    For the home coffee roaster, what is the best method for making coffee? I recently read some stuff on vacuum brewing coffeemakers and they sound interesting. I currently use a standard drip machine and am satisfied but I am probably not getting the best possible taste from my home roasted beans. Anyone here use a vacuum brewer? What would be the best method for the home drinker of regular coffee (not espresso).

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    I use a small Bodum vacuum brewer and love it but it's not for quick and easy weekday morning brewing. IMHO it delivers quality like a French Press but without the sludge in the bottom of the cup.

    Not economical for amount of coffee needed. I use 40 grams of beans for 25 ounces of water to make one batch. But it is worth it.
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    I love my Bodum mini Santos but agree that it is not the quick morning jolt brewer that I sometimes need, more of the Sunday morning sleepy eyed science project brewer.

    Pour over cone filters work well, and there is always my other favorite ... french press. I also have a Nuova Simonelli Oscar home machine which is also good.

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    I love my bump espresso coffee maker, Maybe you try it.

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    Have you guys tried near boiling the water for the santos in a kettle and then adding it to the bottom sphere? it works for me and the whole process takes about 10 mins at the most rather than the 30 odd for just letting it sit on the hob

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    Have you ever heard of a Chemex drip coffee pot? I carry them on my website and it is the only drip brew method I recomend. You may be able to find one on Ebay used. It gives you the fullness of a press but no sediment. here is a link to Ineed coffees description of this method http://www.ineedcoffee.com/03/chemex/
    Enjoy Your Coffee!
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    Re: Vacuum Brewing vs. other methods

    It has one thing typical. If you like, it is good; if you don't like, it is not good.

    It has the water temperature higher close to boiling, and the sourness is almost be killed out. We normally like the coffee with good balance of bitterness and sourness, so we do not like it. But, maybe it is good fo you.
    Kaffa Cafe, professional coffee service provider and Barista's trainer, for China.

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    I am a big fan of my French Press, Its an antique handed down from grandma. I have not found a better press, I have found that the water temperature needs to be between 180-185 for it to make its best coffee. Any more or less and I can taste a real difference.

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    I decided to try a vacuum brewer. Everywhere I read, I know I shouldn't buy an electric model but, in the end, the Bodum Santos eclectric model was my choice. Maybe the stovetop model is better because you can control the process a little more but the amount of work that is needed is just too much (especially at 7am on a Saturday when all I want is my coffee). I read enough "people" reviews on places like Amazon and Epinions to justify my purchase. And, anything is better than my crappy $45 Mr Coffee that I bought at Walmart a while ago. Yuck....makes awful coffee!!!

    I should be receiving my brewer within a few days (hopefully before the Superbowl....I'm from Boston!!!) and will post my thoughts once I have tried it out.

    By the way, I thoroughly enjoy the taste of french press coffee but the sediment is to over the top for me. It's like drinking orange juice with pulp. Again with the Yuck!!

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    Matt

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    Put myself out on a limb here. I am a big Broncos fan from the year I did in Colorado 1989/1990. I am backing the Patriots this Superbowl. Brady is hell of a good quaterback. Superbowl in not big in Asia outside of Japan. My first Asian superbowl was at a beach bar, 5.30am in Ko-Samet in Thailand- back in 1998. This year plan to watch it outside of the roastery at a little cafe owned by an expat American. Looking forward to it. Reckon it will be 28-14 to the Pats
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