I pulled a couple shots of the Burundi this morning. Still probably a couple days from it's peak but very very sweet and bright as I'd hoped it would be.
e-g-v - which vac pot do you use? I seem to get in a rut preparing coffee the same way week after week. I like to change things up though I always return to my quest for the perfect espresso. I've got a pour over (Clever Coffee Dripper), a French Press and an Aeropress but no vac pot. Please... help me spend more money
Also- can you describe how the taste differs from a good pour over cup?
e-g-v has far more vacpot experience than I do, but I will happily throw out my experiences so far. I am not on an espresso journey, but rather live in a world of pourover and full immersion methods. When I am not working with my Woodneck, V60s, or Kalitas I am often using my Hario TCA-3 siphon. I owned a Yama 3-cup before that, but accidentally broke both the upper and lower pieces (doh!).
I find there to be little difference in the Hario 3-cup and the Yama 3-cup, although I have heard a lot about the quality of the Hario glass in comparison. If using a cold towel drawdown (like Barismo), the Hario glass is a necessity, but again, I have no experience with that and am simply sharing other's findings. The looks of both vacpots is different as well and I prefer the simpler look of the Hario. In the taste department, there is nothing like brewing with a cloth filter. The vacpot takes it to a new level, as you are pairing a full immersion method and a cloth filter. I use a medium/medium-fine grind, bring the water into the upper portion and let it hit and maintain 91-93 depending on the coffee, and then dump the coffee in the top portion and start my timer. I stir in an up-down-up down/side-to-side motion for ~3 seconds. I stir again at 30 seconds in the same pattern for ~3 seconds. At 55 seconds I pull my butane burner away and stir again (just a tad lighter). My drawdown starts at 60 seconds and is done at 1:40-1:45 consistently every time.
I use a lower temp for very bright coffees that I want to be a bit sweeter and savory and find that you can really bring out brighter notes with the higher temps. My favorite aspect of the vacpot is the control you have over the variables. For cleaning, I tap out as much of the coffee grounds from the top into the garbage, then i give it a good rinse in the sink to get rid of the rest. I pop the filter out and give it a good rub under hot tap water and then throw it in a small pyrex dish and pour leftover brew water from my kettle onto it to soak. I then clean the upper and lower portion of the vacpot, and that's that. It's a very short process and a fun one to watch!
I purchased my TCA-3 from avenue18 in Canada. Atomic Cafe has the TCA-5 in stock. They will brew 20oz at a time. I have heard that the TCA-5 performs a touch more consistently than the smaller units. http://www.atomicafe.com/webstore.html# ... ort=normal
Hottop B-2K, Baratza Virtuoso/Esatto, OE LIDO, Rosco Mini, Beehouse, Kalita, Chemex/Kone, Siphon and Aeropress.