As a coffee lover, I get excited over unique brewing gadgets, but none of them get me as excited as the siphon coffee maker. I like the aesthetic appeal and how it can brew a clean and fresh cup of coffee precisely every time.
You might have noticed that siphon coffee is popping up in many specialty coffee shops. However, the technology is not new, and it was invented back in the 1830s.
Siphon coffee makers, also known as vacuum pots have so much science to it. It consists of two elegant glass chambers that work on the principle of expansion and contraction of water vapor, along with rapidly filtered extraction that delivers the perfect coffee to your cup.
I was mesmerized when I first saw a siphon coffee maker in action. It was a purely sensory experience, just by looking at it. I purchased one by Hario, tested it and now I’m going to show you how to brew a perfect cup of coffee with a siphon coffee maker. Are you ready?
To begin, let’s get everything ready
- Siphon coffee maker
- Filter (I recommend siphon metal filter)
- Heat source
- Coffee beans
- Cofee manual grinder
- Kitchen scale
- Thermometer (a waterproof thermometer by Taylor Precision Products)
Step by step guide
1. Measure 30g of fresh roasted coffee beans and grind it. I am using Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans and a Hario manual hand grinder. Grind the coffee beans a little finer than you would for regular drip coffee. In my case here, the manual grinder is adjusted eight clicks from being closed.
2. Measure 250g of water and fill the lower glass chamber. You can save time using preheated water instead to cut down heating time.
3. Insert the filter into the upper glass chamber. I am using a metal mesh filter instead of the stock cloth filter for easy maintenance. Just don’t use paper filters as it will absorb the essential coffee oil during the brewing process which would alter the taste greatly.
4. Turn the heat source on and start heating up. The siphon kit comes with an alcohol burner, but I upgraded to butane burner to speed things up. If you want something faster than butane, opt for a halogen burner but expect to pay a premium price.
5. Set the upper vessel firmly to the lower chamber when water is starting to boil. You will notice water starting to travel up into the upper chamber due to the built-up pressure.
6. Aim for an ideal brewing temperature at 200°F. Use your thermometer and adjust the heat source adequately.
7. Pour in the coffee ground and start brewing! Start your timer for 1 minute.
8. Stir to saturate all the coffee grounds. Using a wooden stirring paddle, gently stir several times to mix all things up.
9. Remove heat source once the timer goes off. Now watch carefully and don’t blink!
10. Coffee will start to travel downward. The vacuum created beneath the lower chamber will suck all the coffee out from the upper vessel.
11. Coffee is filtered and rests at the bottom chamber. You know your brew is ready when you see bubbling and turbulence happening, and when a dome of grounds has been formed on top of the filter.
12. Remove the upper vessel and set it in the built in stand/lid. Give the brew a few minutes to cool before serving.
13. It’s done and ready to drink. Pour and enjoy!
The siphon coffee maker is an elegant device and guaranteed to appeal to all your senses. It is one of the finest ways to brew coffee – simply the best combination of art and science.
Are you ready try it?
Photos and article by The Latte Art Guy