Eye Candy for Coffee Lovers: Introducing Vacuum Brewer Coffee

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker

Feeling bored with your regular old coffeepot? Add some pizzazz to your coffee-making process with a vacuum coffee machine. This unique two-chamber pot relies on vapor pressure and the resulting vacuum to produce rich, smooth, full-bodied coffee in a visually pleasing way.

It all started in the 1830s, when a coffeemaker in Berlin connected two glass chambers with a siphon for a strong cup of German brew. From there the vacuum concept took off and remained popular—particularly in Europe—until the middle part of the twentieth century. Functional art buffs may appreciate that there was even a Bauhaus interpretation of the vacuum pot coffee maker in 1925.

Northwest Glass Yama Stovetop Coffee Siphon

Northwest Glass Yama Stovetop Coffee Siphon


These days, there is a renewed interest in this intriguing coffee-making device, thanks in large part to the emergence of a new foodie culture and of course, the ever-growing popularity of coffee houses across the US. Quality examples of products on the market now include the Northwest Glass Yama Stovetop Coffee Siphon and the Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker.

How does a vacuum coffee machine work?

The elegant, almost old-fashioned-looking contraption may look complicated to use…because it sort of is. But, although it does take a tiny bit more mental attention and time than your conventional American coffee maker, a vacuum pot coffee maker is actually easy to use once you get the hang of it. Here’s the drill:

  1. Fill the glass carafe with water, then place on the stovetop and boil water on medium or medium high heat.
  2. Insert a reusable filter into the top glass container, aka, the one without the handle.
  3. Grind whole beans down to a slightly finer ground, then pour in filter.
  4. Place the coffee-filled chamber on top of the water carafe, connecting them with the siphon tube.
  5. Wait as water boils up the tube into the coffee grounds. Stir briefly.
  6. When all the water and coffee is in the top chamber, remove the vacuum pot coffee maker from the stove or hot surface.
  7. As it cools, the brewed coffee drips down into the carafe, leaving the coffee grounds in the filter above.
  8. Remove the top chamber and serve straight from the bottom carafe.

Shopping for the best vacuum coffee machine

As with any purchase, it helps to do your homework before deciding what you’ll use to make your fresh and sophisticated cup of vacuum brewer coffee.

Two products worthy of consideration include the aforementioned Northwest Glass Yama Stovetop Coffee Siphon and the Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker, both which feature a sleek, attractive design (which frankly is part of the appeal of a vacuum pot coffee maker) as well as a heat-resistant glass and handle. And, unlike the conventional coffee machine, both of these products can go straight in the dishwasher.

The Northwestern is priced far below the Bodum pot, for such differentials as Bodum’s signature insulating glass. That said, both products will do your coffee beans justice, you’ll just have to enjoy one faster than the other.

The bottom line is, you can bet these two vacuum coffee machines will brew up a smooth, full-bodied cup of coffee. And that’s what a coffee maker is really all about.