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Yama Glass 8 Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon (Syphon)
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- Unique, theatrical way to make coffee; 40-ounce (8-cup) capacity
- Vacuum brewed coffee produces a cleaner, richer, and smoother cup
- Made of heat resistant borosilicate glass; heat-resistant handle
- Works on gas and electric rangetops; comes with wire diffuser for use on electric coil burners
- Dishwasher and microwave safe; imported
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This is a 8-cup stovetop coffee siphon, (40-ounce) with a black handle. For brewing and serving the perfect-cup of coffee. A wire grid is included for use on electric stoves, the grid is not required for gas stoves. Always use medium or medium high heat. Dishwasher and microwave safe. This is a great price for this style of coffee brewing.. Plus we always carry replacement parts.
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Until it exploded.
This morning I was making coffee as usual. I removed it from the heat. As usual, the coffee started flowing back into the lower carafe.
When it just stopped. I waited a few moments, but it didn't start flowing again.
Suddenly it just exploded.
Coffee, grounds, and glass went everywhere.
I am not a happy camper.
I thought the cloth filter was fussy-directions said to wash with a toothbrush and then leave in a jar of water in the refrigerator between uses. ?! I had read that there was a stainless steel filter available and I got that. I found that let grit into my cup when made as I had made great coffee using the cloth. Also found the stainless filter had to be disassembled to clean each time as coffee lodged in between the layers of it. Had an idea and tried the Bodum Pebo 'filter' (which is a grooved plastic one). It fits! With it the coffee is clean of particulate matter and washing up is much easier than with either of the Yama filters. Other reviewers have said that glass filter rods fit this-I don't know about that.
Great coffee with either the cloth or the grooved filter.
Update: I tossed the upper chamber and tried using the bottom part to pre-heat water on the stove. Piece of junk is not even good for that. Notice from the photo how the base is so wide that the handle sits right above the edge? That means if you set the heat a tiny bit too high or put the glass a little off center you will burn the bottom of your hand when you pick it up. And because of the weird geometry you need to turn the thing nearly upside down when pouring, so the steam coming out the top burns the top of your hand. I give up. Into the trash it goes.
Does a outstanding job of brewing coffee and allows adjustments to the brewing process impossible with automatic drip coffee makers. Everything is under the operators control so the amount of coffee used and steeping time are up to you, the operator. This control can at least partly compensate for high altitude which lowers the water brewing temperature, making for "BLAH" coffee. The one silly item in the Yama 5 cup design is that there is a slight lip inside the upper area of the carafe making it almost impossible to pour all of the contents when pouring coffee. I am using mine with the Diguo Permanent Coffee Filter (available on Amazon) which does an outstanding job.
I have also added the 8 cup Yama unit to the collection. This is so far as I can find the largest vacuum siphon coffee maker currently made. American makers used to make 12 cup versions in glass or stainless steel which still show up on ebay and Etsy on occasion. Actual water capacity of the Yama lower when filled to the 8 cup line is 42 ounces measured. This gives 2 ounces of water for loss to coffee absorption and evaporation during brewing to end up with approximately 40 ounces of finished coffee.
Both the 22 and 40 nominal ounce Yama units are excellent vacuum pots but nothing in their technology has changed since about 1940 and IMO there were lots more convenient and easily cleaned filters available with the old American vacuum pots than the cloth filters that Yama still ships as standard. The large gasket American vacuum coffee maker carafes were also a lot easier to clean than the narrow opening Yama vacuum carafes.
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