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alex253k
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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:24am
Subject: Please Help
 

I really need help i have a coffee device i am not sure what it is but i really need help with it...My grandpa used to own it and he said that it has to do something with coffee...I uploaded pictures on my photobucket so if you guys could check it out and write me a message or an e@mail that would be awesome...
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Alex
here is a link to my photobucket...:
http://s1153.photobucket.com/albums/p502/Sasha_Ko/
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012, 2:09pm
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Interesting device, It is hard to really see what is going on with it but it seems to have a open boiler to heat the water in and possibly use part of it as a drip machine?

Whatever it is, you have the first one! LOL!!

It is commercial of some sort due to the Folgers ID tag.

If I had it in my hands I might be able to guess better, to see inside the chambers, to move all the pieces and see what they do. It also may have something to do with cold brewing too. Without fooling with it, I have never seen anything like it, I hope someone here will be able to help with the mystery!

I started by thinking it was a brewer but it may be an air roaster after doing a quick google search but the taps have no logical for being there if it were a roaster.
Call Topper and ask them what it is, it has their name on it and they are still in business under coffee brewing devices.

Topper T J Co Inc
2734 Spring St, Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 365-6962

 
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lalinpv
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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012, 3:38pm
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Im pretty sure its an old school commercial balancing vacuum brewer that doesn't balance. I say "balancing vacuum brewer" so you can search online and look at how they used to work. I think this is a similar device but it relies on manual control of the heat instead of the balancing system to kill the heat.

Balancing vacuum pots were basically vacuum pots that work side to side rather than top to bottom. You can see on in action in "The Bucket List", they use it to brew some Kopi Luak. The really famous manufacturer of the balancing pots was Royal. I recommend a search for royal vacuum pots.
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alex253k
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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2012, 11:21am
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I tryed to call Topper but the problem is that they are no longer in business...I ll try to upload more pictures tonight.....I actually have one more question how much do you guys think this device is worth? Thanks for all your help and sorry for my english.
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JasonBrandtLewis
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Posted Tue Feb 14, 2012, 5:39am
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Look here

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
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