How do you make a great cup of coffee at home?
Choose a brewing method that suits you. No brewing method is "the best" - it is largely a matter of personal preference. Some brewing methods are more suited to one type of coffee than another. For example, vacuum brewing tends to emphasize the delicate flavors in a cup, whereas espresso brewing makes a potent concentrate. Some methods are simpler, some more complicated. It should go without saying, but if you brew coffee that is low quality, poorly roasted, or old to start off with it will taste bad no matter what you do.
With all types of brewing, you need to use good, fresh water and clean equipment. Water must be between 195 and 205°F. The proper grind is also essential for maximum flavor extraction. You can find general brewing tips on the Brewing Fundamentals page and brewer-specific tip sheets and articles in the Library.
This is the tiny cap that fits on the cona spirit lamp. Technically you do not need it - you can squelch the flame by smothering it with a spoon or something else - but it messes up the spoon I suppose. And it is better than using your hand! Yikes. We have had requests for these over the years - so I have a few in stock as a special item.Learn More$5.00
Cona Complete Spirit Lamp (fits all sizes). For use with Cona Vacuum brewers. Use with De-Natured Alcohol, available in Hardware stores (in the solvents section) or Camping-Boating stores.
Comes with a snuffer lid to extinguish the flame.
Note: glass used is recycled - and so it may look a bit greenish.
Shipping restriction: No international shipping on glass items except Canada.Learn More$34.00
This Yama filter is completely reusable and helps you avoid dealing with changing funky cloth filters. The resulting cup is different, not quite as clean and clear, with more insoluable solids that give the cup a feeling of better body. So some folks may really like this option.
There are 2 sizes, one for the 8 cup Yama and the other for the 5 cup Yama.
The filter has a diameter of 2-5/8"Learn More$15.00
Cloth filter replacements for the Yama Vacuum Brewer. A packet has 5 filters. Each filter should last you 3-6 months depending how long you use the brewer. You don't need to replace these often! It is best to clean the filter promptly and to store it in a mild bleach solution.
Each filter measures 4" in diameter.$6.00
This handy little burner puts out a lot of heat for brewing, and has its own ignitor - no matches needed. It saves the hassle of dealing with the wick-type alcohol lamps that come with the vacuum brewers. The burner is 3" tall. Ships empty so needs filling prior to first use.Learn More$41.00
The Yama Vacuum Brewer is a stovetop model from Japan that resembles the long-gone Silex and Cory glass models made in the U.S. for over 50 years. It is a utilitarian vacuum-syphon brewer that can stand up to daily use. It is available in 5 cup and 8 cup sizes. Like other vacuum brewers, the coffee brewed in this maker has great body, without the sediment you get in a French press. The 5 cup model is makes is 20 oz. The 8 cup makes 32 oz. The 5 cup model is fine for 2 people, 3 in a pinch, 4 if you are using "polite cups" and 5 in times of great duress. The 8 cup model has a more graceful aesthetic, with rounded glass parts.Learn MorePrice From: $35.00