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At first glance, all coffee machines and makers serve the same purpose. Coffee grounds and water go in, and coffee comes out as a liquid.
But the truth is that the slightest difference in the brewing process means a big difference in the final taste, as coffee is a complex mixture of flavours and textures, some rich and smooth, others bitter and astringent.
Since the way these compounds enter the finished product depends highly on the temperature and pressure of the water, and the time spent brewing, it follows that the way the coffee is brewed can yield very different results.
There are two main simple rules for making good coffee:
1. Do not boil coffee or scald the grounds.
2. Only pour water once through the grounds.
Breaking these can yield coffee that is bitter or flavourless. Unfortunately many coffee makers, such as percolators, break both.
Coffee measurements approximately 50 grams per litre or 1 oz per pint this can vary dependant upon your choice of coffee. Standard SCAA brewing ratio equals 10 grams per 250 ml (7.25 grams per 6 oz) of water. (medium ground)
The glass vacuum coffee maker is often regarded as king among coffee makers.
It can brew the most faithful version to what most people would call "a good cup of coffee".
It has strength, flavour, and a rich and smooth taste.
This is achieved by following the two rules above. The water always pours over the grounds before boiling, and is pulled over the grounds only once.
The temperature never gets too high, preventing the chemicals that make coffee bitter from spoiling the brew, and the all-glass construction prevents the flavour from being tainted by tastes from metals or plastics.
Almost everything about using a vacuum coffee maker is a sensory experience:
aromas, vapours, motion, touch, action.
The Spirit Lamp:
The spirit lamp is the key difference between our 'table' and 'kitchen' models, and allows the coffee maker to operate while placed on a coffee or dining table.
Models with a spirit lamp must be fueled with "methylated spirits"This is commonly sold in hardware stores, camping stores, marine supply stores, and gourmet food stores. It is also called "camp stove alcohol" or "denatured alcohol".
Do not use petrol, lamp oil, or any other type of fuel in the spirit lamp!
Once the lamp is full, place the wick and wick holder in position. Allow some time for the wick to absorb fuel.
You will get about 6-8 uses from one complete filling of the lamp.
In some cases we can part exchange or even purchase your unwanted
In the first instance send us some pictures and descriptions
After many years in the catering industry and creating 'table theatre' at many high end dinner functions, it was decided that we would form a retail operation that encompassed not only retailing the latest vacuum coffee makers but to search for the machines and parts from the past, allowing the CONA end-user to satisfy many sentimental journeys.
We take immense pleasure in retailing parts for many of the older machines and have satisfied many a quest to revive coffee makers back to life with original vintage parts.
CONA coffee makers tend to invigorate all of the senses; taste, sound, smell, sight, touch, and an unusual one, that of sentiment coming from the past, maybe that of a family member or family use in the past, creating brilliant memories. Great fun indeed!
We have searched the archives to find out a lot about the history of CONA and have created a collection of machines dating back to 1910.
The past years have been a tremendous amount of fun and our passion has been an important part of our success.
We have a want it list where you can place your name to request parts for older classic machines if we do not have them in stock. We will search the globe to try and find them, without obligation.
We are based in Guildford Surrey and retail internationally every day, fully transit insured.
So send a message without obligation its always great to hear from CONA users.
Cona has evolved from a partnership formed in the 1850s as an import and export company. Cona is famous for producing the Cona Coffee Machine in about 1910, which was the original all-glass coffee maker.
The Cona Coffee Machine employs vacuum filtration to make sure that the coffee blend is infused at the correct temperature and properly filtered. Using two chambers and the gentle pressure created by air and water vapour, vacuum filtration is used to produce coffee which is clean, crisp, rich and smooth.
Because the coffee is prepared entirely in glass this ensures the full extraction of the alkaloids and oils which give each coffee its unique flavour without being tainted by metals or plastics.
Cona was incorporated as a limited company in 1924 and began producing coffee makers for the catering trade in the 1950s, which were used in many Lyons Corner Houses and Railway waiting rooms.
The NEW Table Model, designed by Abram Games, was introduced in the 1960s and has been sold throughout the world, considered by coffee connoisseurs to be the best method for making coffee.
Cona moved from their sites in Wimbledon and Walton-on-Thames in 1998 to a larger factory unit in West Molesey in order to bring more of their production in house and to give them a better control over quality.
In 2014 Cona moved to Cranleigh to concentrate on domestic coffee makers.
Cona Ltd. Ceased trading in 2018.
Classicona now proudly retails Pre owned Coffee makers and spares.
Our machines and spares are all Pro washed and have brand new seals fitted to the upper funnels.
Much of our stocks are purchased from distributors that have either ceased trading or no longer sell Cona products.
Some of our Cona spares are unused made by the old Cona Ltd company
TV & Screen Show Stoppers ( Just for fun)
The movie `Bucket list` had several scenes with
a ` Royal Balance Coffee maker` the film starred
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman
created by Warner Bros.
We recently sold a Perco Retro 800 ml
Balance Coffee Maker to Warner Bros for the new movie
just about to be released call `Wonder Woman 1984`
Remember the TV show `Randall and Hopkirk deceased`
many of the office and kitchen scenes in many of the episodes
had the Cona Rex electric model in them.
The brilliant old classic `Brief Encounter` a sensitive portrayal
by Noel Coward has a great scene with a lovely old Cona 2a coffee maker.
The original `Dangerman` series from the 60`s
with Patrick Mcgoohan also often had the Cona B model shown in certain episodes.
The Carry on film `Carry on Abroad` had a set of Electric FB103 3 pint Cona`s
on display in the dining area by a pillar.
If you know of any other Cona or Balance coffee makers starring in any other TV shows or Films
please let us know so we can add them to this list!
Our goal is to make sure we support you every step of the way. If there is an issue, our customer service staff are ready to help you over email or a phone call. We value your business!
Our aim is to keep as many Cona machines fully working around the Globe as possible
While shopping with us, we want you to be completely happy with the experience. If you have questions about us, our products, or even shipping, get in touch! We hope you continue to shop with us for many years to come.
Simply send us a message requesting different products.
We will then send you a personal E invoice to pay with the correct postage.
Or create a special personalised listing and park it in our International bay and email a link to you.
International customers can also use this system.
We can send our products to any country in the world
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Boiling water is pushed through the metal pipet. By the time the water reaches the grounds, it has cooled a few degrees. The result: Coffee and water meet at the perfect temperature to extract the oils and flavors, but not so hot as to impart "scorched" taste. The beauty of this process is that the coffee is brewed by extended contact with water at exactly the right brewing temperature, the temperature is maintained throughout the process, and then the coffee is immediately separated from the grounds.
The system traps the delicate aroma and flavors in the closed canister to produce a coffee unlike any you've ever tasted. The bitter grounds stay in the glass carafe by way of a gold filter at the end of the overflow pipe.
There are no paper filters to impart a slightly papery taste, or even worse, to take up the aromatic oils that give the different coffees their unique taste. The coffee from a syphon can best be described as "crystal clear", with great purity of flavor and aroma and no bitterness added by the brewing process. Any faults in the coffee flavor will also show up, so syphon users tend to gravitate to the best beans they can find. No other brewer can give the same purity of flavor and lack of bitterness due to the exquisite temperature control, since the coffee brews about 2 degrees celsius below boiling point, without ever actually boiling.
As of today, no coffee maker equals the balancing syphon in brewing the purest coffee. One of the most stylish, inspiring and exclusive ways to make coffee is with a balancing syphon. The "alchemical" display of kettle, pipes and counterweight, are guaranteed, just as it did for frans jozef and elisabeth, to impress friends and relatives, while also making a darn good if not perfect cup of coffee.
Balancing syphon systems appeal most to those who value academic novelty and ceremony as much as the corporeal pleasures of taste and smell.
The rules and customs associated with dining have changed over the years, but anthelme brilat savarin's "maxims for dining", published in the early 19th century still holds true: "when you invite a man to dinner, never forget, that during the short time he is under your roof, his happiness is in your hands. " with a balancing syphon at the table, your success is guaranteed.
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BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MANY VINTAGE COFFEE MAKERS/ SPARES THAT CONA HAVE MADE.
SOME OF WHICH WE KEEP IN STOCK (AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.) THEY ARE ALL SECOND USER.
FIND OUT TODAY IF WE HAVE THE ITEM IN STOCK! YOU CAN EMAIL US USING OUR EMAIL US FORM AND ASK US TO PLACE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON OUR ` WANT IT `LIST! YOU WOULD BE UNDER NO OBLIGATION WE JUST CONTACT YOUIF AND WHEN ONE ARRIVES!
THE NUMBER 0 COFFEE MAKER AN OLD 1/4 PINT VERSION VERY RARE NOW!
THE NUMBER 1 COFFEE MAKER AN OLD 1/2 PINT VERSION QUITE RARE
THE NUMBER 2 COFFEE MAKER AN OLD 1 PINT VERSION STILL AROUND GETTING RARE
THE NUMBER 2A COFFEE MAKER AN OLD 1.5 PINT VERSION QUITE RARE
THE NUMBER 3 COFFEE MAKER AN OLD 2 PINT VERSION VERY RARE NOW
THE FB103 OR FB103/4 3 PINT OLD COMMERCIAL COFFEE MAKER OFTEN STILL USED TODAY
THE STANDARD KITCHEN MODEL 2 PINT HOME COFFEE MAKER A WELL LOVED MAKER
THE JUNIOR KITCHEN MODEL AN OLD 1 PINT VERSION GETTING RARE NOW
THE CONA A MODEL A 1/2 PINT BABY VERSION REALLY VERY RARE NOW
THE CONA B MODEL A 1 PINT VERSION REALLY VERY RARE BUT WELL LOVED
THE CONA C VERSION 1.5 PINT VERSION ( NO LONGER MADE)
THE CONA D VERSION 2 PINT VERSION ( ONLY AVAILABLE PRE OWNED )
THE CONA REX A LOVELY OLD VERSION 1/5 PINT MADE IN SPIRIT AND ELECTRIC
ALL OF THE CAPACITIES MENTIONED ARE IN THE OLD IMPERIAL MEASUREMENTS.
MANY OF THE ABOVE WERE MADE AS ELECTRIC VERSIONS OVER THE YEARS
IF YOU NEED A SPARE PART OR MACHINE PLEASE WRITE TO US AND WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO SOURCE IT FOR YOU!
PLEASE USE THE MESSAGE SYSTEM AT THE TOP OF THE WEB SITE TO LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY..UNDER NO OBLIGATION.
We are now offering you the chance to reserve any item you see for up to 30 days. Simply use the message system highlighting the item or items you would like for us to hold for you.
All you need to pay is a 10% deposit we can send you an e invoice to pay your deposit. By any Card (credit or debit)
Perfect if you need to wait until pay day and do not want to miss out on a deal!
Then just contact us when your ready to pay the final amount.
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