Siphon Brewing Method

How to Brew Coffee with Syphon Coffee Maker

Brewing siphon coffee is the fanciest coffee brewing technique out there. It involves fire, a halogen beam heater, and a few fancy chemistry lab supplies. Back in the 19th century, Siphon Coffee brewing was first invented in Germany. It is a full immersion coffee brewing technique. The Siphon Brewer comes with four different parts. It has a top, and a bottom chamber, a filter, and a heat source. The top chamber is used to brew coffee, and the bottom chamber is exposed to the heat source. If you are new to brewing Siphon coffee, do not worry! It is not as intricate as it sounds it is. 

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer (Medallion Silver)
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle
Klarstein Syphon
KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer (Medallion Silver)
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle
Klarstein Syphon
KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer (Medallion Silver)
KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer (Medallion Silver)
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle
Klarstein Syphon
Klarstein Syphon

Last update on 2021-04-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

What You Need To Brew Siphon Coffee

  • Filter – The filter sits in between the upper and lower chambers of a siphon coffee brewer. When you are not using the brewer, rinse the filter, and rinse it with a dishtowel. Place the filter inside a re-sealable plastic bag and store it in your refrigerator.
  • But if you are going to use the brewer more often, place the filter in a bowl filled with water, and add a quarter teaspoon of espresso detergent. 
  • Warm Water  – For this method of coffee brewing, we do not need to preheat the water. We are going to heat the water directly inside the siphon coffee maker. Take the bottom chamber and place it on top of the heat source. Wait for the water to boil. 
  • Now take the upper chamber and place it over the bottom one so that the chain touches the water. If the water is warm enough, you will see bubbles forming in the lower chamber. But if the bubbles are too fierce, but the lower chamber on the side, and use a spoon to swirl it. 
  • Heat Source – For brewing siphon coffee, you are going to need a constant heat source. Using a halogen burned is the best option.
  • Coffee Ground – Dark roast coffee beans are preferable for a siphon coffee brew. Grind the coffee beans to a mild coarseness. 
siphon coffee

Preparation

Siphon coffee makers use a vacuum brewing method. The water at the lower chamber of the coffee maker is heated to a boiling point. As the vapor pressure increases in the chamber, the water rises upwards and into the top chamber. 

To brew coffee using a siphon coffee maker, you need a constant heat source. You can use heating sources such as butane, halogen, gas, and denatured alcohol. But as mentioned above, halogen burners are the best heat source for brewing siphon coffee. 

Brewing Siphon

  • Assemble the filter – Take the filter and soak it in warm water for 5 minutes. Place the filer at the center of the upper bowl. Gently pick up the Siphon Brewer and locate the small chain at the bottom. You need to pull it down and attach the clip to the bottom of the funnel.
  • Add water – The heat source can heat the water. But it is recommended that you preheat the water before adding it to the siphon brewer. You are going to need 300 grams of water. Make sure water didn’t spill on the outer surface of the globe flask. Otherwise, it might explode when you bring it under the heat source. 
  • Heat the water – Take the bottom part of the Siphon coffee brewer, and place it on a heat source. You can use a butane burner or a halogen burner. Turn up the heat. Now take the funnel, and place it loosely on top of the bottom chamber. But make sure it is not completely attached. 
  • Add ground coffee – We all know that ground coffee goes stale if it’s put on a shelf after the grind. Using freshly ground coffee for any kind of coffee brewing is the best thing to do. But how much should you grind? Well, for this recipe, we are going to use 20 grams of coffee. Grind it to a coarse finish.
  • As far as the ground is concerned, grind the coffee to a middle coarseness. The ground should be a little finer than you would use with a French Press. 
  • Attach the top – By the time you are done grinding your coffee, the water will start to boil. This is when you should add the funnel to the bottom chamber. Make sure they are put together tightly. 
  • Pour coffee into the water – Wait for a few seconds before the water fills up the upper chamber. However, there will always be some water residue at the bottom chamber. When the top chamber is full of water, add the ground coffee. Take a spoon and nicely stir the mixture. 
  • Brew – The entire brew time for this technique is one and a half minutes. After you hit the 45 second mark, take a spoon, and give a nice stir to the mixture for the second time. 
  • Remove the heat source – You do not need to keep the heat source at the funnel’s bottom for the entire brewing duration. Remove it once you hit the one-and-a-half-minute mark. After you have removed the heat source, the coffee will start to draw down to the bottom. This process will take somewhere between a minute or so. 

Serving

Before you serve, take the, place the funnel in the black base, and remove the globe from the top of the heat source. Be careful while you are handling the parts, as they might still be hot. You can serve the coffee directly from the globe. 

As far as the siphon coffee maker’s maintenance is concerned, keep the filter in a large bowl filled with water. Add a quarter teaspoon of espresso cleaning detergent. This will keep your siphon coffee maker nice and tidy for the next brew. 

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Conclusion

Brewing siphon coffee is fairly a new concept to Americans. A few decades ago, a coffee shop was opened in America that mimicked Japanese baristas’ tradition and recipes. This consolidated the idea that Siphon Brewing is a Japanese concept. 

But as we have learned in the previous section, it originated in Berlin, Germany 100 years ago. The original patent for a vacuum coffee maker was filed in Berlin in the 1830s. As far as the first siphon Brewer is concerned, it was manufactured by a French woman named Madame Vassieux. 

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