Behold: a coffee maker that would make both Norman Foster and Bill Nye the Science Guy proud. Bodum has, as usual, done it right with their PEBO Stovetop Vacuum Coffee Maker ($80). With a form that’s as elegant as its function, this brewing device boasts a stovetop-safe borosilicate glass which is extremely strong, scratch and heat resistant, and won’t become cloudy over time – ensuring years of attractive coffee brewing.
Using clear glass on the entire device allows you to see the whole process, as it happens. The heated water creates pressure within the lower chamber, pushing the water up to mingle with the coffee grounds. As it is removed from the heat, the pressure drives the coffee back down through a filter. The resultant rich black coffee resembles brews made with a French press. While the vacuum brewing concept has been around since 1958, Bodum has reintroduced this coffee maker with a more durable and elegant design. Not only will you be able to serve up a mean cup of joe, but you’ll look impressive while you do it (important for those mornings after).