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If you are looking for fascination and beauty, the Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker is one fantastic piece of art, which is both entertaining and functional. This coffee brewing performance beginning with heating the water over the stovetop burner and then watching as it boils up through the tube and brews the coffee, and then sucks it back into the bottom carafe for serving. It is a unique system, to say the least.
The Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker commonly used in Danish homes is a mere 10” x 7” x 12” and weighs about 1.6 pounds. It is wonderful watching this product sitting on a stove top as the water boils in the bottom carafe and travels up a tube into the glass vessel above before filtering back down into the bottom carafe where it produces an excellent cup of coffee. The carafe is made of heat resistant glass with a durable nylon handle that stays cool. It is dishwasher safe and brews about 6 – 5 ounces cups at a time.
The aroma in the room during this brewing process is wonderful and would temp any coffee drinker to pull up closer to smell and look as it brewed.
The Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker is not only fun to watch but it makes an excellent cup of hot coffee that is flavorful and rich, but not bitter. It is easy to clean up after the coffee has brewed, and it is very affordable. There is not electricity required to operate this machine, and because of its small size, it can easily be stored under the counter until needed.
This system for brewing and getting it right is much more complicated than a perk or drip type coffee makers, and you will have to purchase a carafe to keep the coffee warm after brewing. It is not for people who need quick cups of coffee as the process, although entertaining, takes time.
The Final Verdict:
Although the Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum Coffee Maker makes a hot, full, rich cup of coffee that is not bitter, it is not an easy process to master and not recommended for those in a hurry, or for those who like simplicity.