Although coffee lore has it that this aromatic elixir originated in the Ethiopian highlands, reportedly discovered by a goatherd named Kaldi, it was the Arabs in the 15th century who first cultivated coffee and used it for trade. Commerce with European traders soon brought coffee to England and by the mid-1600s, it found its way to the New World. Today, it is estimated that the world consumes 1.6 billion cups of coffee every single day.
Extracting the Flavor of Coffee
There are basically three methods modern-day coffee drinkers use to brew coffee. The electric drip method is probably the most common way that Americans wake up to coffee. The machine is affordable and easy to use. Although some brands with bells and whistles can run well over a hundred dollars, most electric drip machines are very reasonably priced. The problem with most electric drip coffee makers is that it does not get the water hot enough to extract the entire flavor from the coffee. The heating surface where the pot rests can also burn the coffee if you leave it there long enough.
You can also brew coffee using a French press. This method uses a cylindrical glass carafe and a stainless steel mesh filter to separate the coffee grounds from the water. Hot water is poured into the canister without the plunger mechanism. After the coffee steeps, the lid and plunger are put back on and the plunger is slowly pushed to keep the coffee grounds at the bottom and prevent it from being poured out with the coffee.
The Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee Maker
By far the most effective way to brew coffee, if die-hard enthusiasts of this method are to be believed, is through a vacuum coffee maker. The Bodum Santos vacuum coffee maker is a leading brand and one of the most popular on the market today.
This method uses water vapor, created by boiling water in a bottom container, to force the water up a tube and through a filter into a top container with the coffee grounds. When the heat source is turned off, a vacuum is created in the bottom container which suctions the coffee back down. The filter prevents the coffee grounds from being siphoned with the coffee. Since the vacuum brewing process is entirely sealed, there is no steam or coffee flavor that escapes.
Also known as the PEBO, the Bodum Santos vacuum coffee maker extracts as much of the flavor from your favorite grind as possible and traps it in a vacuum sealed lower chamber, delivering a smooth, intoxicating cup of coffee every time.
Aside from its effective brewing process, a Bodum Santos vacuum coffee maker is simple and fun to use. All you have to do boil water and let science take over. The two perfectly fitted glass globes give you a front row seat to practical chemistry in action. You can even use this stove top coffee maker directly over an electric or gas range.
There is one caveat about vacuum coffee makers in general. Although the glass containers are heat-resistant and quite sturdily built, there is always a danger of breakage. The parts are easy to clean however, and just as easy to put back together. With common sense and proper care, your Bodum Santos vacuum maker can expertly brew your cup of joe for many years to come – and keep you entertained in the process.