For many modern people, coffee is at the heart of our day to day performance. To meet the demands of every day activity - spanning from the energy to be alert in the early hours of the morning to arrive at work, to the day’s closure and return home – coffee has become a comfort for survival.
With each brew, millions through the years have received the added boost they so desperately crave. As this world’s technology advances, a breakthrough in do-it-yourself designs have emerged. Never in mankind’s history has there been so much of a variety of options to choose from.
No longer a need to enjoy this beverage in very quaint coffee bars and café’s – an added expense for some individuals. But now, we enjoy the advantageous benefits of enjoying this blend from the convenience of our own homes.
A Siphon Coffee Maker is also known as a Vacuum Coffee Maker or Vacuum Pot. This creation was produced thanks to a general view that was held by avid coffee enthusiasts, that the boiling of coffee ruins the very pleasant taste.
This led to experiments with vacuums and vapor pressure to successfully brew coffee to retain the flavour, taste and consistency.
The Siphon Coffee Maker is created with 2 chambers, with the first chamber immersed with water. The bottom chamber is then heated; vapor pressures force the water to rise from the bottom chamber to the upper chamber, which then mixes with the grounds of coffee.
The water, which is now mixed with the coffee grounds, is pulled back down into the bottom chamber through a filter which is rested at the bottom of the upper chamber, and it’s then that the bottom chamber is filled with the brewed coffee.
A very methodical system! Check this out.
No doubt you will appreciate this meticulous process and the fact that it greatly contributes to the simplicity and usefulness we require in our active lives.
There are many varieties of brewing methods. The traditional drip coffee, percolator coffee or french press. All these methods are still readily used by coffee-lovers. For years, many have been comfortable with their preferences and rightly so.
It seems though, that the choice of method largely depends on our very own taste buds. These methods are subject to taste, aromas, thickness and body that changes with each individual.
But while we have the opportunity, the technological advances that is being made on a daily basis, ignites a return of the once used coffee maker - the Siphon Maker.
Though known to be primarily used in coffee shops as opposed to the home, Siphon Makers offer a more rewarding taste - the full immersion of the brew draws out its intense flavour with true satisfaction.
The Siphon Maker also allows users to control temperature, concentration and grind size so easily and from the fingertips. Because of this added convenience, it means that beginner brewers can make plenty of errors if unfamiliar with this utensil, until they improve this skill.
This appliance is a little more versatile as the Siphon Maker produces coffee with a lighter body in a fresh and smooth brewing system.
If you can spare the time, this process allows for a very sensory experience; watching the brewing process and enjoying the art and science involved.
Typically, vacuum coffee makers can range between 3 to 8 cups per brewing round. Depending on how big your family is or how many guests are you expecting, this will vary to a large extent.
Most of them are made of glass, but not all are equal. Some of them have thicker glass to cushion against any gentle (read: gentle) knocks. And of course, they are not going to survive if you throw them into the car boot if you are moving them.
The standalone vacuum pot has its own stand and either a built-in or separate, gas or alcohol burner that sits beneath the bottom chamber. A stovetop, on the other hand is designed for modern kitchens to take advantage of an electric or gas stove.
Don’t worry. There should be much of a difference in taste whichever type you shoot for. Do note that though, you would probably have to fork out a premium to get the fancier Standalone type.
This is a no brainer. Most who goes for this usually goes for the flair. The more stylish you want it to be, the more cash you will have to dish out.
If you are truly going for the taste, there are also models that are softer on the pockets.
Come, these will give you head-start to getting your own siphon maker.
If you are looking for a make that makes good coffee and nothing of the fanciful nitty gritty. This might be the one for you.
This model is made with heat resistant boro-silicate glass to last and a heat-resistant handle to protect your hand. Having said that, use only medium heat for it, to be safe.
This is compatible with electric stoves (a wire grid comes with it) and gas stoves. So, it should fit most modern kitchens. Needs to reheat the coffee? This is microwave safe to cater to that.
Coming in 2 capacity - the 5 cups (22 ounces) and 8 cups (40 ounces). There will be one to meet your caffeine demand.
Overall, the Yama Syphon makes a good cup clean, rich and smooth vacuum brewed coffee and at a reasonable price.
Designed with x2 large borosilicate glass chambers, an opportunity is available to examine the process closely, an added feature to enjoy. Each brew will take about 5 to 11 minutes of your time. Each serve is about 4 (0.5 liter) to 8 cups (1 liter).
If you ever need spare parts such as gaskets, filter or the glass jugs, you can easily get them from the company website.
Each brew takes about 5 to 11 minutes and serves up to 8 cups each time. Your guest won’t have to wait that long now.
To clean this, you can soak the top part, lid and filter in dishwasher. The lower part might be harder to clean though, which might take you more time than it probably should.
The glass carafe is changed to a plastic one for this. This might be a concern for some as traditionally, plastics don’t work well with heat. If this is too much for you, you can get the glass option above.
Though you don’t really need to use it, it comes with 3 cloth filters. Once exhausted, you can use paper filters if you can’t find a replacement.
Overall, it does the same thing - makes good coffee but with flair. It does not make fast brews but the showmanship is what one really wants in this model. Get this to if you want to impress but maybe not if you in rush for time.
Designed in Japan, this make is a 3-cup model for those that consume little. Using a heat-resistant glass body, this is made to last longer. Though, it do feels flimsy.
This have a steeper learning curve and it might take you some practice to get that consistent good coffee.
After you able to do that, while it makes good brew, It does take some time to clean it compared to other models. Though, the burner is included in the purchase. If you going to get another replacement burner, a butane burner should work well with it.
With so many varieties and brands to choose from, this seems like a very daunting task. You may conclude, with the goal of simplicity’s sake, that all you really want is just a good tasting cup of coffee.
Typically, the average concern for a Siphon Maker appliance use, is that it would require a high maintenance handling and to add to this is the gradual lagging with which the coffee brews.
An equipment of such will undoubtedly require a lot of attention but as a result will deliver quality, consistency and palatable refreshments, a mark with real purpose. It seems that we have forgotten that the beauty that accompanies a slow brew of coffee is something of great appreciation today.
Overall, the Siphon Maker is best suited for admirers, who thrive on the enjoyment of a strong and tasty cup of coffee, in a very easing and unhurried environment. The balanced concept of high maintenance is understood and would suit users who might also consider upgrading to a higher burner for faster results.
If you are still lost on what to choose, you might want to check out the Yama stovetop model. This model is durable and generally a good model for starters.