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Electric filter, pour over and vacuum/siphon reviews

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Last updated: 15 August 2016

Coffee isn't all about espresso. Alternative methods like electric drip filters, vacuums and pour overs are back in the spotlight. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best alternative brew method for you. Our non-espresso brewing guide will help you understand the difference between the methods, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our test covers siphon (also known as syphon or vacuum) brewing, electric drip filters and pour-over filter methods. These methods don't deliver the full-bodied taste of espresso but should be enjoyed in their own right.

Our expert tester gives every coffee maker a thorough workout. For each category we rate the models that:
  • are easiest to prepare and clean
  • deliver the best-tasting coffee with good body and flavour clarity.

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The type of coffee maker tested. This could be either an electric drip filter machine, pour over (manual drip filter) or vacuum (also known as siphon/syphon). For more on how all of these work, see our buying guide.

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Our expert Peter Horvath follows the preparation instructions provided with the machines. He also assesses how easy the machines are to clean and how quickly the coffee flows through the filter.

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We asked three CHOICE staff members (a lay panel) to rate the coffee they tested, which is prepared according to the instructions. Their scores form 10% of the taste test score. Alternative, non-espresso brews like the ones we tested may be an acquired taste for those used to the strong flavour of an espresso, and you may need to experiment with your technique until the desired result is achieved.

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