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Nicro Coffee Maker???

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by dhermann1, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Going through my vast pile of stuff, I have discovered a Nicro Vacuum Coffee maker. I found out a little about them via Google. There's apparently a great metal mesh filter that was used in the Nicro. Anybody know any more about this gadget (the coffee maker, that is, not just the filter)? From what I read, vacuum coffee makers are the bees knees.
    Edit: I've had the filter sitting in a drawer for YEARS! I didn't know what it was, but I knew I shouldn't throw it out JUST IN CASE. Well, I put 1 and 1 together and got the correct result. I figured out how it obviously works. Now, when will I have occasion to make 6 cups of coffe to try this baby out?
  2. More Nicro

    OK, I have it assembled. The filter fits in the top, with a little spring that hangs down and hooks on the lip of the tube that sticks down. I guess you put the coffee in the top, the water on the bottom, and turn on the flame. The water then boils up to the top, and then you take it off the flame. After that the coffee drips back down to the bottom through the clever little filter. Anyhow, that's the theory I'm working on. Here are pics:
  3. rumblefish

    rumblefish One Too Many

  4. Rumblefish, you're still all set to go with just the press and the mokha pot.:D
  5. feltfan

    feltfan Call Me a Cab

    The Nicro is interesting. An attempt to make an all
    stainless steel version of the vacuum pot. Usually they
    are glass (pyrex).

    The question I would have is, how much should
    you open the aperture on the filter? I assume there
    is a filter of some sort under the aperture gaps?

    In traditional vacuum pots there is either a glass
    rod with a wide, rough spot, like this:


    or a cheesecloth-like cloth filter, usually wrapped around a
    ceramic holder, for example:


    (those pictures are from a cool site:
    http://baharris.org/coffee/Collection.htm )

    If you simply open the aperture and there is no filter,
    the water will pour down without brewing.
  6. Thanks, Feltfan, for showing us that cool site.
    Only 6 cups, dhermann1? Well, that's a start.
  7. flipster

    flipster New in Town

    Grew up with one and use mine every day

    My parents had (still have) a Nicro vaccuum pot, and I bought one off of Ebay (pricey, but I wanted it) a few years ago after breaking my fourth pyrex pot.

    I'm quite familiar with how to use them and I do it every morning.

    The answer is, you don't open the aperture. The two plates with the holes that do NOT line up do the filtering.

    One key is you're going to want to use a coarser grind than you can get away with on drip/paper filter coffee makers. A "percolator grind" should be about right.

    Anyway, you boil the water in the bottom. I leave the top off for this part. You make sure the hook on the filter is hooked at the bottom of the tube in the top part, and add your coffee. I use about 1/2 c of ground coffee for a full pot. But then again, I like coffee!

    When the water boils, I steam up the gasket for a few seconds while I put the top on, and turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir the coffee as it comes up, and once it starts bubbling, set your timer for 6 minutes.

    When time's up, turn the heat down to low (to keep the coffee warm when you're done) and remove the pot from the heat. As the pot cools, a vacuum forms in the lower half, drawing the coffee back down through the grounds and the filter. Take the top off and put the pot back on the low heat.

    Sometimes the vacuum can get "stuck". This is typically due to too fine a grind, or an air leak around the gasket. I have problems sometimes when too much fine powder gets in along with grounds even when my grinder is on the right setting. I have a few tricks to recover when this happens. I probably need a better grinder, or I should have it ground at the store by a commercial burr grinder.

    It makes excellent coffee. I'm spoiled. Those filters are also almost impossible to find, so don't let yours go down the garbage disposal. I found two at a kitchen supply store a couple of years ago, gave one to my parents, and when I tried to order another they were out of stock.

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