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It is a coffee maker that uses the scientific principles of heating water and the vacuum properties that arise.

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no filters required

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no electricity required for brewing

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pure coffee taste

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fragile, breaks easily

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small capacity

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looks like drug paraphernalia

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dirty looking

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Bodum's Santos machine is a coffee maker that uses the scientific principles of heating water and the vacuum properties that arise. The Santos coffee maker has been part of the Bodum family since the 1950's, personally developed by Peter Bodum himself. The bonus to the Santos machine is that it can be used over any type of hot surface, so it's ideal when there is no electricity available. Capacity: 1.0 liter.

How it works

The Santos vacuum coffee maker has 2 pots sitting atop one another, the bottom containing the water and the top containing the coffee grinds. As the water on the bottom is heated, the water travels up to the upper chamber through a narrow tube. The upper chamber contains the coffee grinds and as the water travels up, the grinds and water mix together to form the coffee you drink. Once all the water is done boiling, the upper chamber will be full of coffee and will travel back down the tube to the lower chamber, which is ready for pouring. This type of coffee making was popular in the mid 20th century before the drip maker became widespread. Many coffee connoisseurs feel that the vacuum method is the best for creating a quality brew, as your coffee is made without coming into contact with any plastic, metal or other materials that might affect the taste of the coffee.

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Eolia
02/28/2012 05:47

I was in love with the picture of this coffee maker, but what a deception! After 10 days, small pieces from the filter part were broken and avoid using it correctly, and I'm a very careful girl. Most of time, the coffee need to be reheat because the filter system does not work well and the coffee does not flow (not so good for the taste). It takes 20 minutes to get a approximate coffee (you need to always keep an eye on it), and 10 to clean it and dry it well if you don't want a get dirty look on the glass! So disappointed, and don't recommend it at all.

Rhmercer
09/09/2008 01:50

The only way to make real coffee! i took me a while to get the right parameters for making coffee this way but boy it was great when I knew how. I have had three of these over the years [one in the UK some forty years ago made by Cona !] all of which suffered from mishaps! Unfortunately they are not obtainable in Australia - the last one I saw some years ago was on offer for the ridiculous price of $180 - a lot cheaper in all other countries even allowing for the exchange rate. I have seen them advertised in the US but postal handlers being what they are I am not game to pay for something so delicate. Electrical so-called replacements [with plastic instead of glass no less!] are nowhere near as attractive and I doubt, taste! Ah well, back to the dripper!

Amanie
08/15/2007 05:02

You've just described a really fantastic cup of coffee...

Sharonna
08/15/2007 04:49

Awesome! This is the same principle as the siphon method that most Japanese coffee is brewed. It's such a common practice there that at the recent World Barista Championships held in Tokyo, there was a siphon only competition!

What is tricky about the vac pot method is that there are more variables to consider when brewing the coffee - temperature, brew time, dosage and grind quality. Instead of just dumping in hot water like the French press, the maker has to figure out their parameters, so it's harder to control a good brew. The cool thing about this is that there's no need for a halogen burner base and it also makes more than two cup so you can entertain the masses, unlike other dainty Japanese models.

I'm a bit of a coffee lover and when I tried siphon coffee in Taiwan I found it to be clean, complex, extremely aromatic and tasted incredible, so I'd definitely want to try the Bodum equivalent out!

Erik
08/13/2007 02:42

I'd be interested in trying it as well. I've used a regular bodum before, and I wasn't that impressed. I like the convenience of drip coffee. I would say I'm in the medium range on the connoisseur scale. I grind my own beans, don't have a fancy machine, and I like a lot of cream and sugar.

Gt-d
08/13/2007 02:33

Don't drink much coffee - especially not at home. But I would consider getting this, I like things that maintain the taste of the beverage to the fullest possible degree. This is generally towards my beer and tea drinking habits however.

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