50 years old and still makes a better cuppa than most modern drips
Positive Product Points
A 50 year old coffee maker still in working order and able to produce a decent cup of coffee! Heats the water quite fast and with an easy tweak I was able to adjust the time spent "up north".
Negative Product Points
Definately not an automatic brewer unless you want slightly burnt coffee (I unplug it when it clicks to the low setting). Slightly metalic taste if left in the pot for very long. I transfer it to a thermos as soon as possible.
The sunbeam was my first vacuum pot experience and I was truly impressed with the whole process, especially the final product! I saw it in a corner at a flea market and had no idea what it was other than it looked like a vac-pot made of steel. I had only seen the glass ones in pictures. When I got home I couldn't wait to see a vac-pot in action so I filled it with cold water (I wanted the whole experience!) It heated the water fairly quickly and it worked just like I had read about. Next I tried it with some coffee and it brewed a delightful pot of coffee. Just watching the fresh coffee pour into my cup and seeing the streaks of coffee and oil flow while smelling the aroma of what was probably my first properly brewed cup of coffee was wonderful!
Being a flea market, the booth owner said he'd let me have it for what he paid which was $10. He reminicsed a bit about the old ways of making coffee and told me I should hang onto it. I will.