Coffee in the balance – that sucks

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This is a most unusual coffee maker, but isn’t it terrific!

The Balance Coffee Maker

Although is looks a bit retro-modern, actually the design of this wonderful coffee maker dates back to the 1830s from Europe.

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A visual spectacle combined with science

The machine works using gravity and vacuum principles. Here is how it works:

  • Put ground coffee in the heavy glass brew chamber
  • Fill the boiler chamber with hot water and place it on the apparatus
  • A tube connects the two chambers.
  • When full of water the boiler sits low on the swing frame and holds the lid open on the alcohol wick burner.
  • When the water boils it is forced into the brewing chamber, and when the boiler rises (as it is not so heavy) the lid of the burner closes extinguishing the flame
  • A vacuum is created in the boiler and the brewed coffee from the brewing chamber is now sucked back into the boiler
  • You serve the coffee from the tap on the boiler

The tube that connects the chamber has a very fine washable mesh filter, so you won’t need to replace it. The machine is well made, and is beautifully presented and securely gift boxed. Included in the box are the balance brewer, measuring spoon and measuring jug.

Vacuum coffee brewers produce a tasty and clean brew. The water reaches the coffee at the ideal temperature of 93c and is able to percolate for just the right amount of time. The vacuum created is very strong and sucks the extracted essence from the coffee grounds. A vacuum brews can work better than a french press (cafetiere) coffee maker.

What a gift!

This machine would make an ideal gift for anyone, but especially a coffee enthusiast.

You can read more about this and buy one here from Amazon.

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