Most coffee makers aren’t visual stimulating. That’s why you might have some explaining to do when guests see a contraption like the Hario TCA-3 Siphon-Vacuum Coffeemaker ($50 @ Amazon.com) resting on your countertop. (“Dammit, Tim! Take that pot out of there!”) But that’s a small price to pay for guys who appreciate high-quality joe.
Built for hardcore coffee nuts this three-cup unit uses a unique process to extract the full flavor from each bean. Up to 12 oz. of water is put into the lower globe. After a butane burner is turned on, the water heats and rises into the top chamber. Once that chamber’s full, you dump the coffee grounds in and stir with a provided bamboo wand. The heat is then remove. As the bottom bulb cools, it create a vacuum that pulls the grounds through a filter to deliver super fresh and smooth-tasting coffee.
Are there easier ways to make coffee? Absolutely. But for people (ahem) who would rather get their caffeine by treating coffee grinds like snuff than drinking the product of K-Cups, it’s a worthwhile investment.