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CoffeeGeek Holiday Gift List 2013 - Under $500
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: December 4, 2013
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Akira Halogen Beam Heater for Siphon / Kettles 110V - $368 or less
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Everytime I post of photo brewing with a Hario Halogen Beam heater and a siphon, people ask a) what I am using, and b) where can they buy one. I tell them what it is, how Hario discontinued it, and that it was over $450. Still, many are more disappointed at it no longer being available, than shocked at the price.

Well now, two importers in North America are bringing in a better, lower priced, more powerful, and most importantly -- wired for N. American power (110V) halogen beam heater from another manufacturer: Akira. Where the Hario Beam Heater was 100V (Japan) only and $465 from N. American sources when it was available, this model from Akira is only $368 from the US vendor, and (awesome!) $328 from the Canadian source.

With this heater, you can brew siphon coffee using light: light from a powerful 350W halogen bulb. The bulb is so bright, if you didn't have the red quartz filter in place on the heater, you'd probably go blind from the brightness. The lamp is also infinitely adjustable, allowing you to jack up or tone down the light (and resulting heat). I put the bulb to max to heat up water, then lower it to maybe 60% power to maintain the brew for 1 or 2 minutes. Unlike Hario's model, the front of this unit is slanted. And did I mention it is 110V powered?

For many, this is the ultimate heating source for siphon brewed coffee. It is designed to work with most stand-equipped siphon brewers, and will also work with stovetop models. For more detailed photos, check out this (Korean) blog.

Product Link (Espresso Parts, $368)
Product Link (Avenue18, Canada, $328)

Article rating: 9.7
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: December 4, 2013
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Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.

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