Scouting Report: This pour-over machine isn’t just easy to use, it utilizes new technology to make a better, less bitter cup than I’ve ever managed to brew on my own.
What sets the VacOne apart from your traditional pour over is one main thing—a vacuum. Instead of a paper filter, it uses a filter similar to what you might find in a Mr. Coffee, but the coffee it brews is far superior. It’s incredibly easy to use: you add about 20 grams of fine ground coffee (finer than you would if you were making regular pour over), and then 250mL of hot water. From there, you let it steep for about a minute, giving the mixture a stir to ensure that all of the coffee falls to the bottom. Once the minute has elapsed, you press this button up top which initiates the vacuum. All of a sudden, a sucking noise comes from the machine, and coffee starts to stream down into the glass carafe below, until all of the liquid is gone from the top, leaving a sort of bundt cake of coffee grounds. Give the button another press and voila, a perfectly brewed cup, literally every single time.
The coffee itself is incredibly delicious. It’s as if the vacuum sucks all of the bitterness right out of the coffee, leaving only the flavors listed on the bag left behind, resulting in an incredibly flavorful and drinkable cup of coffee. The machine can also make cold brew coffee in a similar manner, which is great for the looming summer months.