Want better tasting coffee? Just defy gravity.

Want better tasting coffee? Just defy gravity.

Summary: I don't know about you, but for me, a workday without coffee is like a cross-country trip without an RV. It just isn't the same.

TOPICS: Tech Industry

Kahva Coffee MachineI don't know about you, but for me, a workday without coffee is like a cross-country trip without an RV. It just isn't the same. So when I spotted this cool coffee gadget on Gizmodo, I got excited.

The very neat Kahva coffee maker by Lina Fischer starts with the water on the bottom and ends with hot, brewed coffee...on the bottom. That's right -- this machine ditches the drip.

Taking its looks from the unlikely marriage of a Kenmore PRO Kitchen and a lava lamp, the Kahva works by heating the water in the bottom tank, using air pressure to force it to flow upward into the brewing unit on top. Once the coffee's ready to go, taking it off the heat allows the new brew to filter down into the tank you started with. How's that for physics?

Of course, there's no guarantee that this brewing style will taste any better than standard, one-way coffee. But making a cup of coffee that looks this good is bound to go down easier. No details on pricing or availability, but here are more vacuum-style coffee makers that, um, suck.

Topic: Tech Industry

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Everything old is new again

    We call this a [i]perculator[/i]. I have a old style electric one and the coffee is hotter and richer.
    • burns it

      Percolators are too hot, and boiling water destroys the taste. Much better off with a simple coffee press.
      • it's no percolator

        it seems to be a vacuum pot, no percolator. As a such it wont be burning the coffee. Vacuum pots produce excellent coffee.
        • You want good coffee, don't use any heat at all

          Use a cold brew method - it rocks, best coffee you'll ever have. I have one of these: http://www.toddyproducts.com/ (no relation to the company). It makes a carafe of cold-brewed coffee concentrate. No acid, no burning coffee grounds, no getting bitter sitting on the maker. If regular hot-brewed coffee gives you heartburn or indigestion, try this - it won't. Just pull the carafe out of your fridge, add a shot of the concentrate, and fill with nice hot water. You can also heat in the microwave. I use a steam kettle and pour over the shot.
  • RE: Want better tasting coffee? Just defy gravity.

    Its certainly not a new idea. I bought a house a decade ago and the previous owner had what looked like a museum of coffee brewing artifacts, all with original price tags attached. All were vacuum coffee percolators like the one you reported on. I followed the directions and then tried my own scientific experiments but found that the slightly burnt and bitter percolator taste always remained.

    It is, though, a conversation peice. I would bring it out at parties and everyone would ooh and aahh as they watched the coffee burn. Then we would all go have a cup of Mr. Coffee after drinking about half a cup and throwing the rest away.

    Thank you for reminding me of those coffee pots and for remembering the smell of percolated coffee.
  • RE: Want better tasting coffee? Just defy gravity.

    Well, nice to see that the PR teams are making the rounds and getting placement everywhere... %^/
  • The editor headhunted from Popular Mechanics strikes again (NT)

  • RE: Want better tasting coffee? Just defy gravity.

    I'm old enough to remember this kind of coffie maker, about 50 or more years ago, had roundish pots top and bottom, made good coffie but the glass often got broken.