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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 7:35am
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As I look forward to my soon to arrive vacuum pot I've been wondering- will the new brewer highlight varietal flavors as much as an espresso machine does? It's apples to oranges I know...
How about the question in the title- what brewing method would you use to get the most out of your coffee bean?
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 1:07pm
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On what?
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 6:48pm
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Who you talk to.

I think that cleaner brewing methods will highlight more subtle flavors than methods which let fines and particulates through. People love the Chemex for this reason as well as the Hario, BeeHouse, other manual pourovers (paper and cloth filters) and the cloth filtered Vac-pot. Some do find that the Chemex, specifically due to the very thick filter, actually takes away some of the oils and fats that account for a percentage of the taste. I have found the Chemex a bit TOO clean. I have a Vac-pot but honestly haven't used it enough to have an opinion about it.

What it comes down to (as always) is very personal. We all have our own idea of the best profile (or will in your case) and we all taste the same thing differently depending on a wide array of factors: our mood, our surroundings, who we're with, what we ate, what we expect . . .

Ultimately you can believe what someone else says and just go with it or experiment yourself and find out what your taste buds and olfactory bulb say is IT.

And I would say the answer to your Vac-pot/espresso comparison is no. Espresso is, on average, brewed to 10% TDS/strength. Coffee brewing in America is about 1.3% (generally 1.25-1.35%). That is the major difference.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 7:10pm
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Well, while Dan's most ELOQUENT dissertation is probably enough to end this discussion (IMO...LOL) my .02:

A couple of years back, while in Lubbock Texas,  I prepared a 3 cup by volume brew with a Cona Siphon brewer.
The coffee was an Ethiopian Sidamo, professionally roasted. The resultant brew was the most elegant, complex, and flavorful cup of coffee I've ever had. However the brewer scares me to death, as I am clumsy. LOL

 
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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2012, 7:49pm
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I like my Drip-o-lator but tomorrow, I'm trying something different...

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Posted Tue Jul 10, 2012, 6:03am
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IMAWriter Said:

Well, while Dan's most ELOQUENT dissertation is probably enough to end this discussion (IMO...LOL) my .02:

A couple of years back, while in Lubbock Texas,  I prepared a 3 cup by volume brew with a Cona Siphon brewer.
The coffee was an Ethiopian Sidamo, professionally roasted. The resultant brew was the most elegant, complex, and flavorful cup of coffee I've ever had. However the brewer scares me to death, as I am clumsy. LOL

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I know what you mean!  I just recently brewed 3 cups in my new Cona, of Sweet Maria's Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry.  It had to be the best brew I've ever tasted!!  And this was only my 3rd or 4th brew with the siphon.

And, like you, I fear I'm going to break it every time I bring it to the sink to clean it!  But the elegance and brew are worth the risk!!
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Posted Tue Jul 10, 2012, 7:17am
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I was hoping to get opinions- so thanks to those that offered theirs, special thanks for the TDS info regarding espresso v standard U.S. brewed coffee. I'm aware that anything to do with taste is subject to the taster's personal preference and physiology and I asked my question hoping for opinions- that's what the forum's about after all.
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Posted Tue Jul 10, 2012, 3:13pm
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Thanks- I appreciate the info!
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