WTB: Vacuum pots AKA coffee syphons AKA silex pots

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WTB: Vacuum pots AKA coffee syphons AKA silex pots in metal or glass. These pots have a globe on top with a tube sticking down into a bottom globe. Here's an example:


Remember not to buy for us unless we have reached an explicit agreement on price etc. Otherwise let us know!


Ted and J

-- Ted Simpson (tnjsimpson@coastalnet.com), November 17, 1998


Hi Ted,

I think I have one in new condition stored away. Let me see if I can dig it out for you. It is a glass globe job with a metal support. More to follow...

-- Daniel Ho (hod@gurus.net), November 17, 1998.


I think Bodum still makes these. Actually, this is the product that made Bodum mainstream in the late 50's and early 60's. They care called Santos. Take a look at their website at http://www.bodum.com/products/coffee/coffee.htm

There are other manufacturers mainly for the Japanese and Taiwanese market. Some places still server their "specialty" coffee in single size version of these...usually pretty bad stuff though!

The older stuff is getting harder to get. Prices range from $200- over $500!


-- Daniel Ho (hod@gurus.net), November 18, 1998.

Hi Ted,

My car is in the shop and I can't check for the vaccum maker this weekend. I know exactly where it is, but it is in storage at my wife's store. Hope you don't mind waiting a week...sorry!


-- Daniel Ho (hod@gurus.net), November 21, 1998.

Hi Ted,

I finally dug out the vacuum filter pot. It is a original 10 cup Hellem from France in glass with chrome stand and white handle. Included is a small alcohol burner with new wick and cap. It is gorgeous, you'll love it.

I wish I had a digital camera (on my Christmas wishlist) This type of coffee maker has been in production since the early 1900's. The pot style is much like the English Conos except there is no cover on the top recepticle and it is more spherical (see http://www.cellaret.com/coffee.html ). Condition is brand new--it was dusty so I had to wash it off, but it was never used.

This type of pot has retro collector value, but I remember purchasing it in this condition as a backup pot (had another one) for $200. Makes a great conversation piece and as an added bonus, it makes great coffee! If you want it, you can have it for $150 + shipping-- or make me a trade offer.

Oh, btw, if you are just looking for a plain jane user...take a look at the plastic Bodum Santos for about $50.

Cheers, Dan

-- Daniel Ho (hod@gurus.net), November 29, 1998.

Hi Ted,

Is there a brand name on these. I have seen an American version of the Kona (Cona?) called, I beleive, the Cora??? I have seen complete sets in thrift stores, but not for a while now. Anyone know anythign about the Cora?


-- Tom (sweetmaria@ee.net), November 18, 1998.

It's June 2002, now. And I read those old conversations about traditional coffee makers like Hellem, Cona, Bodum etc. Let me add that my grandmother had such a coffee brewing machine in the 20s. It was made by Jenaer Glas in Jena, Germany at that time. After WWII, Schott Glas in Mainz, Germany re-started production of these blown glass items made of borosilicate (heat resistant) glass. Hellem of Lyon, France was one of my customers who changed from Pyrex to our Schott glass somewhere in the 80s. Another customer was Cona of England whose glass supply just recently was returned to Jenaer Glas, a sister comany of Schott Glas. Bodum also bought this glass from Schott and is still bying the bottom part.

A mr. Richard Nayl (richard.nayl@freesbee.fr) is working on a book about coffee vaccuum brewers.


D. Leutelt

-- Dietrich Leutelt (Dietrich.Leutelt@schott.com), June 04, 2002.

Could be Sunbeam Chrome 6 cup. Check out VAcuum Coffee Pots bottom of page.

-- C.Golden (CGANDNICK2@AOL.COM), January 19, 2003.

I have an 8 cup Hellum (glass) with original box, paper, and directions. Also included alcohol lamp, wick. Outside of box is blue floral print flower, inside is ruby red.

If interested contact me schreegan@aol.com

much thanks

-- ren fontex (schreegan@aol.com), February 18, 2003.

I am looking for the bottom globe on the Hellum 10 cup coffee maker. If there are any full units out there i am interested in purchase. Daniel Ho I hope that you still have your unit.

Thanks, Art

-- art lee (leedart1@aol.com), June 26, 2003.

I have a complete 10 cup Hellum for sale. In great condition, been stored for over 20 years. Slightly used wick and small crack in alcohol burner cap, otherwise perfect. I can send pictures. Planning on putting on eBay tomorrow

-- Philip Monego (pjmonego@aol.com), August 12, 2003.

I have been collecting Vaccuum Brewers for several years. I have 70- 80 in my collection. Sylex, Cory, Kent, Mc Kee, Sunbeam, Westinghouse, General Electric, Abco ... I also have stoves, and filters. I have restautant sets as well as home units. I am still looking for a farberware coffee robot and others of the ilk. Iam searching for the matching creamers, sugars, and serving trays. Iwas eager to read more about your work.When will this get published? I don't have any Nesbit's tho' I wouldnt turn one away. I am a product of the 20th century and lean toward those models. Best of luck in your endeavors! Bob

-- Bob Weslar (bweslar@lourdes.com), October 12, 2003.

I'd like to purchase a complete Hellem vac pot. Anybody out there have one for sale? Thanks, Dave

-- David Smith (antiquelectronic@netscape.net), November 11, 2003.


HELLEM is not made any more as far as I know.

But if you want to accept a (better) alternative, I can help...

Good Luck, Patrick www.coffee4you.com

-- Patrick VDN (greenspun@coffee4you.com), December 01, 2003.

I have been collecting Silex (exclusively) vacuum coffeemakers for 30 years. I have about 22 complete units and tons of replacement parts, both glass and hardware. There are still some models I have been unable to find, and am finding storage for the stuff I have is becoming a problem. FYI, I'm looking for the following (SILEX) bowl numbers: UK-4; LK-4; UC-9; UP-6; UP-12; LP-12; LFA-12. Feel free to list any bowls or hardware you need.

-- John (snoogans24@hotmail.com), January 22, 2004.

I'm looking for a wingnut for my Hellem 10 cup. Do you know of where I may purchase one? Nell

-- Nell Johnson (mothermyrt@aol.com), February 02, 2004.

I have a complete 10 cup white handle Hellum coffee pot for sale. Still in the box, brand new, never been used. Complete with original instructions. If interested in purchasing, please contact me.

-- Julianne Nilan (jnilan@nc.rr.com), June 10, 2004.


Was hoping to find a Hellum other than white...but may be interested....please send dtails about price and shipping.


David Silver

-- David Silver (silver@silvercommunications.com), July 17, 2004.

I'm desperately looking for some cloth filters and the metal pole that goes inside the glass tube for my Hellem coffee syphon (for 8 cups). Please, contact me if you've got some. verena.wiester@freenet.de V. Wiester

-- Verena Wiester (verena.wiester@freenet.de), October 09, 2004.

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