Vacuum Coffee Brewers

I found it interesting that a couple of years ago a coffee specialty store in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles was offering a “new” type of brewed coffee using a “new” vacuum type brewer which the manager described as “ancient Japanese method of coffee brewing”
in a coffee siphon, brewing it right at the customer’s table with a bunsen burner to heat the
lower chamber.
—-Did the “ancient Japanese” even know about coffee?—
This was on Huell Hauser’s PBS show and he was amazed at the brewing process.
I felt like writing to Huell and telling him that his mother or grandmother probably had a Silex or similar vacuum brewer in her kitchen.
I thought about visiting the shop and showing them some pictures of some of the vacuum pots in my collection that are seventy or more years old. I did post about it in the Vacuum Coffee Pot Collector forum.

This Yahoo Group is devoted to collecting Vacuum Coffee Pots and the site can be found at Vacuum Coffee Pot Collector group.

This site – On Coffee Makers – has lots of interesting information about coffee makers – vacuum brewers.

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REPLACEMENT PARTS
especially gaskets, for Cory, Nicro, Sunbeam!!!!

Gaskets for Silex Narrow Neck vac pots and other accessories from:
Baharris.org.

Vac pots and accessories available from:
Orphan Espresso.com.

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Farberware produced a number of great coffeemakers and one of the most popular collectibles is the Coffee Robot, a vacuum brewer.
coffee robot Patented in 1936.

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Silex made vacuum coffee brewers that were used on the stove top or with a spirit lamp but later incorporated a hotplate that was shaped to fit the bottom of the lower vessel.

This is a large, 8-cup Silex with a fancy “stove” and trimmings.

This is a smaller 4-cup and it has a “stove’ but I can’t find it at the moment.

This is also a 4-cup, Silex, with the “stove” and it is one of the “wide-mouth” models.

It also has the glass “filter” with no need for a cloth filter.

This is a 6-cup Silex, wide mouth and with white bakelite trim on both the coffee maker itself and on the “stove” with little “ear-like” handles.

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Sunbeam also produced some fantastic coffee brewers.
The vacuum brewers are among the most hotly bid for when they come up for auction.

Here is the Coffeemaster C-20B which, like other Sunbeam appliances, displays the design from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It’s a stylized version of the Fair Theme structures.
I know it is difficult to see because of the reflection. Here is a detail of the design. 1939 WF Sunbeam design.
Sunbeam used this and similar designs, based on the same theme, for at least fifteen years.
These designs were on toasters, waffle irons, sandwich grills, etc., as well as the different types of coffee brewers produced during those years.

This one is complete, including a package of the cloth filters.
Coffeemaster 2

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This is another and earlier CoffeeMaster – the C-20A it has different feet but has the same emblem as on the previous one.
Note that there is no handle on the top section. This meant that one had to grab the top to remove it from the server and when it was hot, this could cause a burn. The handle on the top was added to later models to make this easier and safer. For some reason the feet on these are often broken. The feet on the later models seem to be somewhat sturdier.

5 Responses to Vacuum Coffee Brewers

  1. Charlene says:

    I think I have a faberware coffee robot, it was my dad’s, I wondering if it’s worth anything?

    • asenjigal says:

      If it is intact and in good working order, it is worth something. Some models are worth more than others, some are scarce and these are worth more.
      You can join the Vacuum Coffee Pot Collector Group on Yahoo and ask the other members too.
      The one pictured on my blog is the model 500, fully intact, and is pristine, never been used and I have the original cord.
      It is valued at $110.00

  2. Russell says:

    Thank you SO much for the coffee pot advice! My dad has a Sunbeam c30a that needed new seals, and had completely given up on finding a replacement.

    Thanks to you putting that link up to dayseal’s website, he will soon be making coffee in his lifelong friend and favorite vacuum pot once again. :-)

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