I cannot rave enough about this treasure made in copenhagen. I have used every conceivable type of coffee maker in the past, but this one is simply the best i have ever used. It is beautiful to look at, very easy to use and clean, and makes the best cup of coffee i have ever tasted. I ordered the electric version of this brand, but when it arrived, it had a defect, so i returned it immediately. I am so happy i didn’t order the electric one because it was twice the amount of money that i paid for the non-electric one. I am going to tell all my friends about it–unfortunately you can’t buy it in any stores, only through amazon. Congratulations on carrying this absolute gem of a coffee maker. Joanne evens, granite bay, ca.
Makes the best cup of coffee i have had other than an espresso machine. Very easy to use and clean, just keep butane refills handy for the burner. Takes time to make coffe but well worth it for a great pot of tasteful coffee.
Last try, coffee got stuck in top funnel and wouldn’t let water filter down. Pleaese let me know how to correct this issue. Here are the specifications for the Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker:
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- Its exceptionally effective vacuum brewing method extracts all precious oils of your favorite coffee.
- The vacuum brewing process is entirely sealed off so no aroma can escape.
- In addition, the brewing time and temperature are perfectly calibrated, ensuring a perfect cup of coffee with each brew.
- Depending on the amount of water used, the PEBO can brew delicious coffee within 5 to 11 minutes, serving anywhere from 4 to 8 cups (0.5l/10oz,max. 1.0l/34oz).
Simpler to use day to day than the bunsen burner style siphons you often see. Brews a great, even low acidity cup, and it’s always fun to show off ‘science coffee’ to your friends. Only downside – really easy to break the top glass. Had to replace it twice (which was *not* cheap). Still, that’s my fault and not the siphons.
It’s like something out of a chemistry lab. I found it easy to figure out. For me the coffee tastes less bitter and with a more delicate flavor than autodrip. I think it makes for a nice, gentle, gradual brewing process, not to mention fun to watch. The only thing, if anything, is storage. If you’re strapped for space in your cabinets it may end up having to live on your stove or counter. Watch out that it doesn’t get knocked over as it’s a little on the tall side when put together. It does make for a great conversation piece if you leave it out as ‘counter decor’ when not in use, though.
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- Near perfect Coffee Maker
- Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee Makers
Makes great coffee and tea, plus it’s fun to watch, i highly recommend it.
I have now been using the bodum vacuum device for about six months, and i have experimented with all kinds of coffees, grinds, and brewing techniques. I am something of a coffee snob, roasting my own beans and experimenting endlessly for that perfect morning cup. Here are some tips to get the most out of using the bodum vacuum pot. Using the lines on the carafe, always fill it between the 6- and 8-cup marks. Because some of the water stays in the carafe during infusion, trying to brew less than six cups will result in not enough water rising into the infusion globe. Filling to more than eight cups will not leave enough air in the carafe to expand and force the water upward. (remember, water does not expand very much as it is heated, but air does. This device depends on the air that is sealed into the carafe expanding during heating, forcing the water into the infusion globe. Also, remember the carafe is calibrated in tasse, which is about 120ml or 4 oz, so if you fill to the eight-cup line you will get two or three good-sized mugs of coffee.
I’ve owned both the electric santos and now the stove top version. The electric one pooped out when my non inclined room mate just threw the electric carafe into the sink to clean it not taking the time to become familiar with it. I bought my first stovetop santos and same roommate broke the carafe when she thought it was ok for the carafe to remain on full heat when no water was in it. So of course one would say oh this thing is too fragile. The santos is simply the best coffee maker i’ve ever owned. After you get it all figured out it has to be the cheapest and easiest to operate. And the taste is just exquisite after some dialing in. Bottom line is take your time, become familiar with it and remember if you do not want this thing to break on you, at least an eighth an inch of water has to remain in bottom of carafe or it will break. And handle it like a new born baby. This takes experimentation you have to play around a little to dial in that perfect taste. But once you do, you’re going to be in coffee paradise.After it’s all said and done this is really an extremely easy way to make the absolute best coffee.
My last coffee maker was the electric bodum santos, since discontinued, and i’m a big fan of this company and their vacuum coffee makers. There are lots of great reviews here with lots of raves and many great suggestions on how to use the product, so i won’t reiterate what’s already been stated by others. My five-star rating speaks for itself. I do want to add a brewing suggestion that might be helpful to some of you though. I like my coffee strong–starbucks’ average brew has become like drinking brown water to me–and one of the things that disappointed me about the electric santos was that it had no way to brew the coffee longer for my taste preference. The user was just stuck with the preset bodum brewing time. My only recourse was to use a lot more coffee, which is not an ideal solution. Thankfully, i was forced to try this product after my electric santos broke a few months ago because this is now the only vacuum-style bodum makes. With this one you can keep the pot on the burner and let your coffee brew as long as you’d like, to your taste.
This unit is indistinguishable from the santos coffeemaker that i purchased in the 90’s. I pour the resulting brew into a vacuum carafe which keeps it hot for several hours.
Had this for a year now, and am comfortable that i know this thing in and out, so writing a reviewthe glass is strong enough to withstand minor impacts, and really heat resistant, to the point that i did put it on pretty high heat stovetop while filled with water, or on lower heat while still empty, and it’s still performing strong. Tweaks i recently applied and improved the coffee maker:1) gasket that locks in the upper chamber to the lower chamber: in my opinion is a little too large, this results in too much water always remaining in the lower chamber even at full boil. What i did was simply slice off about half cm from the top of the gasket. As a result i can now push it further up and the upper chamber sits slightly lower, so less water remains in the lower chamber. Careful tho: if you slice too much and no water at all remains in the lower chamber, you risk to overheat and therefore heat damage/crack the lower chamber. 2) filter: no matter what, if my coffee wasn’t really coarse, the filter would clog and the vacuum effect would stop working, resulting in my coffee sitting in the upper chamber for way too long, sometimes nearly 10 minutes. I applied a cloth filter (paper filters would also work), and i never experenced clogging since—————-note: in my experience (this is the reason why i don’t give this product 5 stars) the upper chamber during extraction sits in the vicinity of 87°c, while perfect extraction is supposed to happen around 92/94°c. So far i tried to cover the coffee maker with it’s own cap as well as with a cloth in an attempt to retain a little more heat, but i couldn’t fix it. Note that i rarely use it for more than 0. 5l, while this is made for 1l of coffee, and i noticed when i once did only 0.
I think this type of pot brews the best coffee. The coffee seems smoother, never bitter.
I’m not a coffee snob by any means; in fact, i drink it only occasionally. But this thing is so cool to use, i might start having coffee more often. It’s very easy to use, and makes (imho) a darn good cup of coffee. (isn’t that what’s most important?) it adds the feeling of ritual to the brewing process. And it absolutely entranced my 2-year-old (‘hot’. I didn’t find the temperature to be a problem; in fact, it was at optimal drinking temperature when i poured it out and added milk. I would recommend this to anyone who likes coffee — addicts and occasional drinkers alike. I can’t use this anymore, as the bottom container broke about 5 months after i got it.
I have bought two of these over the past 10 years; it is my preferred method of brewing coffee insofar as it doesn’t take very much time, i can brew plenty of coffee at once. A while ago i was careless and broke the upper carafe, hence the need to replace the unit. I had gotten nearly ten years out of it, so no complaints. However, just a few weeks ago i went to clean the filter and pulled gently on the chain and in snapped and broke< rendering the coffee maker useless. I searched for the part of sure enough. Unavailable on the manufacturer's web site, and none could be found on amazon or anywhere. Availability, is apparently not until late 2014 or january of 2015vacuum coffee brewing is outstanding if you are a coffee aficionado, but i am largely convinced bodum has an issue with this part and has pulled it from the market until they resolve the issue. In the meanwhile, i went over the chemex and have discovered the pleasure of pour-over coffee brewing, and while i love the results of my bodum, chemex makes even better coffee but does require more time. A tip for you coffee addicts out there. While many 'experts' will advise a ratio in the neighborhood of 2/1 ounces of water to grams of coffee beans, if you want the ultimate , deep dark and rich experience, try a ratio of 3/1.
I love the coffee that these make. In both cases the little chain that hooks the filter in place broke after a few uses. I fixed it with some stainless steel jewellers wire.
You can make your coffee stronger but not bitter. Even if you leave it on the heat too long it doesn’t over cook your coffee. Very fun to watch and also pretty easy to clean and use. The dry grounds come right out and there isn’t much to take apart. Easier to clean than a french press and the coffee even tastes a little better. And easier to use then a french press. You don’t have to time how long you wait after the water boils – you just put it over heat and watch while you do other things. A great way to make coffeeit isn’t tippy either which is what i thought it would be. It does take some care to move around and the handle angle on the bottom pot isn’t the best. But it is easy to ignore those things.
I have had this product for a few years; this one was purchased as a gift for someone. Great way to make coffee, extremely easy to clean, and flavor is difference comparison to a drip filter is something to talk about.
Just watching this thing work is fascinating. It’s requires the most amount of interaction to use a vaccum coffee brewer. But that amounts to: ‘fill lower glass with water, put spring thing and rubber thing on top glass, put top glass on lower glass, add coffee grinds to top glass, put on lid, activate heat. ‘ so basically, it’s super duper simple to use, don’t let that discourage you. The coffee that comes out of the nonsense brewer is absolutely fantastic, and as always from bodum the quality of the important bits are great. The handle on the bottom glass should really be thicker, and there’s a plastic cone thing that doesn’t seem to have any purpose. I think it’s supposed to be a stand for the top glass, but it’s waaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to small to be used as such. Overall, if you like coffee, get a vacuum brewer.
So i love siphon brew this item has a major flaw it’s the filter. This is pretty handle is cool and functional but the filter needs work.
Hello, i bought this item back in march, and learning to use it has been quite a learning curve. However, i am now able to brew coffee with it 100% of the time. I have a few recommendations based on my experience that i am hoping will help anyone who might be having a problem. Don’t buy this if you don’t have a good burr grinder. If you use a chopper-type blade grinder, your grind will be uneven and it will clog the filter, guaranteed. The reason the pulldown phase either doesn’t work or stalls out is because of the grind imho. I used the tip of not refrigerating my coffee beans; i’m not sure it helped, but if it prevents too much dust from forming in the ground coffee, that’s a good thing.
Vacuum press coffee is some of the best i have ever made. And this kit is one of the simplest to use and reuse i have ever seen. Gets regular use for company.