A Syphon or Siphon – “pipe or tube”, a device used to protect a pressure sensor from high-temperature media such as steam. It can also be used to reduce the potentiality of the damaging effects of rapid pressure changes. Syphon Coffee, on the other hand, is a traditional brewing method done mostly in Japan, requiring precise temperature, attention, and skill.



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The Coffee Maker

It is a vacuum coffee maker that brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce coffee. This type of coffee maker is also known as vac pot, siphon or Syphon coffee maker, and was invented by Loeff of Berlin in the 1830s. These devices have since been used for more than a century in many parts of the world. The design and composition of the vacuum coffee maker vary.

The chamber material is borosilicate glass, metal, or plastic, and the filter can be either a glass rod or a screen made of metal, cloth, paper, or nylon. While you have seen siphon coffee makers popping up at more and more specialty coffee shops and retails, the trend of vacuum coffee makers is nothing new.

In fact, the concept dates back to the mid-1800s, when people were in agreement that boiling their coffee killed the taste, and they started experimenting with vacuum and vapor pressure. While the earliest patent for a vacuum coffee maker was filed by Loeff of Berlin in 1830s. Siphon coffee became popular because of a French woman “Marie Fanny Amelne Massot” of Lyons, France – known as Madame Vassieux, which name she used on her patent applications, who designed the first commercially successful vacuum coffee brewer.




How Does it Work?

Syphon Coffee Method: There are two chambers:

  • First Chamber is filled with water – By heating the  bottom chamber, vapor pressure forces the water to rise into the upper chamber. Here it is mixed with the coffee grounds.
  • The water, now that is mixed with the grounds, is pulled back down into the lower chamber (this is the because of the gravity and a drop in pressure, and or the “vacuum” effect), through a filter which sits at the bottom of the upper chamber, and the bottom chamber, in turn, fills with brewed coffee. More info here!


Syphon Coffee Vs. Other Coffee Brew

  • Syphon Coffee produces the best flavor, vibrant tasting, that cannot be imitated by a drip brewer.
  • You will get an extremely clean and bright cup, no trace of coffee grounds left in the bottom of the cup after you finished it.
  • The coffee aroma is more intense – the best part it is, who doesn’t love the smell of newly brewed coffee? Siphon brewing method enhances the coffee aroma than any other brewing method.
  • Users can control variables, unlike conventional coffee, siphon coffee makers allow users to control coffee strength by adding in as much or little coffee grind as they like.
  • It’s a very sensory experience, and it’s actually fun to watch in the process of brewing. It is so fascinating to see art and science in action.
  • You can use one at home, KitchenAid has developed a Siphon Coffee Brewer for use at home that removes the barriers to practicing this method of coffee making for the average person. No expertise is required Simply add coffee and water before flipping a switch.

syphon coffee brewing rosi ross

syphon coffee brewing rosi ross

syphon coffee brewing rosi ross

Reasons why it’s the best!

  • Siphon coffee tends to be more delicate, nuanced, and fascinating.
  • The brewing process tends to produce a less bold and intense flavor profile, allowing the more subtle complex notes to shine through.
  • Since the stainless steel piece is wrapped in special cloth, the micro-grounds aren’t able to drop into your final brew. However, the oils still are.
  • This takes away the grittiness and deeper flavor notes of the micro-grounds and also allows the coffee’s crisp acids to poke out some more.
  • It also allows the creaminess and rich aromatics of the natural oils to add complexity to your brew.
  • Siphon coffee tends to be; Bright, Complex, Nuanced, Light and Creamy-Bodied



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