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ljcoffeeguy
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Posted Tue Jul 13, 2010, 7:56pm
Subject: Well, it's about time to get a Vac-Pot.  What would you recommend?
 

What would you recommend?  Best bang for the buck?  I have a ceramic top range and with kids don't want to have open flames around.

What about:
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Also, what's this about Cory rods, filters, etc. etc.?

Guess I've been living in the espresso world too long.....
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Posted Tue Jul 13, 2010, 11:07pm
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I have the Yama 8 cup and love it. Funny, mine didn't have the "Northwest Glass' designation, but it did have the 'SY"
I use a Silex "Lox-in" glass filter. it has a chain and hook that fastens perfectly to the bottom of the glass tubing.
The gasket is awesome, and there is NEVER a stuck pop, as long as you have a decent grinder. The grind i use is just slightly finer than drip.

The Yama's do leave a wee bit more water at the bottom of the pot after the trip up north, but I just add another 4-5 grams of  fresh ground coffee to compensate. I Highly recommend the Yama.

Oh yeah, you should be able to find the Silex glass filter on the 'bay. A regular cory rod will also work.

 
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 5:34am
Subject: Re: Well, it's about time to get a Vac-Pot.  What would you recommend?
 

ljcoffeeguy Said:

What would you recommend?  Best bang for the buck?  I have a ceramic top range and with kids don't want to have open flames around.

What about:
Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Also, what's this about Cory rods, filters, etc. etc.?

...

Posted July 13, 2010 link

Northwest is the NAmer distributor for Yama.  I have both the 5- and 8-cup stovetops and use them each weekly.  Strictly a decision based on volume desired.  5-cup yields about 21 ounces; the 8-cup yields 40+ oz.  Any glass rod except the Cona will work in them.  By all means, get one.  So much easier to clean and maintain. My review  and instructions for use are in the consumer reviews.

Enjoy!  B|Java

 
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 10:36am
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Ditto me for the Yama. Cory rod on sleazebay should be available cheap as a buynow. I find the stock cloth filter kinda disgusting w/ a possibilty of microbial overgrowth. Got the 5 cup which I use for 3 cups every am as my wakeup brew.

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 11:04am
Subject: Re: Well, it's about time to get a Vac-Pot.  What would you recommend?
 

I also recommend the Yama. Great performance and less than half the price of other popular vac pots. Just make sure you use the little wire grid that comes in the package if you're using a ceramic stovetop; it prevents the glass from cracking.

While I'm in this thread... Can anyone who has used a glass rod filter comment on the amount of sediment that makes it into the final cup? One of the things I really like about the cloth filters is how they prevent sludge, but I also have issues with the oils it seems to trap. I can never get the damn things clean enough.
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 11:37am
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torontopian Said:

While I'm in this thread... Can anyone who has used a glass rod filter comment on the amount of sediment that makes it into the final cup?

Posted July 14, 2010 link

Hi Carl,

Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

That really depends on the quality of your grinder & the condition of the burrs. With my Rocky it's miniscule, a few grains in the bottom pot of the Yama about the size/area of my baby fingernail. Just don't pour out all the coffee & leave a TBSP or so back & that won't carry over. From memory & I haven't done a vac pot in a while, but maybe a thumbnails worth of sediment in the very last cup poured., as that one gets a little more tailings near the very end of the pot. The longer the cup sits too, the more solids & particulate matter will settle out at the bottom.

One of the things I really like about the cloth filters is how they prevent sludge, but I also have issues with the oils it seems to trap. I can never get the damn things clean enough.

Use OxiClean, it works wonders on removing all coffee oils!, failing that use some dishwashing detergent/powder., & if ya don't have that.., use some unsented laundry detergent.

After the filter's clean, store in the fridge in a small container with cold water., that prevents any bacterial/microbial growth & smells.

 
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 1:45pm
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A Bodum Santos .I was lucky to find one at a decent price,with out a doubt, the finest coffee i ever had.Did the tweak so its a 3 and a half to 4 mn brew time, and it worked perfectly,most likely found out about tweak here yrs ago.plus with the tweak the coffee goes down to bottom with out the huge rush all at once with out that tweak its pretty forceful and might be one reason people said they went through filters to fast.a genius had to invent this,he sure as hell knew what he was doing.
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 3:00pm
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CraigA Said:

Hi Carl,

Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

That really depends on the quality of your grinder & the condition of the burrs. With my Rocky it's miniscule, a few grains in the bottom pot of the Yama about the size/area of my baby fingernail. Just don't pour out all the coffee & leave a TBSP or so back & that won't carry over. From memory & I haven't done a vac pot in a while, but maybe a thumbnails worth of sediment in the very last cup poured., as that one gets a little more tailings near the very end of the pot. The longer the cup sits too, the more solids & particulate matter will settle out at the bottom.

Use OxiClean, it works wonders on removing all coffee oils!, failing that use some dishwashing detergent/powder., & if ya don't have that.., use some unsented laundry detergent.

After the filter's clean, store in the fridge in a small container with cold water., that prevents any bacterial/microbial growth & smells.

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Hi Craig, and thank you! Long time lurker, first time poster and all that...

My Maestro Plus seems to grind well for the Yama, so the glass rod might be a good idea.

Thanks for the suggestions on cleaning the cloth filters too. I have easy access to most of the Urnex range of cleaners through my work, so I might try soaking in Cafiza or something similar. The glass rod filter may be the eventual winner in the end - the less clean-up the better, I figure. Although I may have to do some quick explaining to my girlfriend when it arrives... I just checked it out on eBay and it looks positively perverse.
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 3:06pm
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torontopian Said:

Long time lurker, first time poster and all that...

Posted July 14, 2010 link

Glad you're here!

My Maestro Plus seems to grind well for the Yama, so the glass rod might be a good idea.

I'd give it a go.

Although I may have to do some quick explaining to my girlfriend when it arrives... I just checked it out on eBay and it looks positively perverse.

ROTFLMAO!! {;-D

 
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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010, 3:31pm
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I use a Yama 5 cup, and with a glass rod the sediment is insignificant; mostly that's because you can't easily pour the last bit of liquid from the brewer anyway--the shoulder angle is too acute, or something.

One issue that I've had with the Yama is that the plastic handle has deformed nearest the base, due to heat from my gas burner. I doubt that would be a problem with a ceramic top, but I do know that a ceramic top range takes a long time to boil water when the bottom of the pot isn't totally flat on the surface. So I suspect that the wire diffuser might cause a less-than-optimal heating situation, and the more-widely-spread heat could make the handle too hot to hold. And, if you use a really tinkery vacpot brewing style, you might want a more responsive heat control than ceramic (in my unhappy experience) can give you. Since open flame is out, and thus the tabletop model is out, I think those issues could be abided.
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