What could be better than a delicious cup of coffee? We're glad you asked.
Add an open flame and apparatus that looks like it belongs in a chemistry lab that has Japanese letters on it, and that about does it for us. The syphon (or siphon, if you're so inclined) is the epitome of coffee theatre, and can produce stunning coffee. Whether you want to impress your friends or just make a delicious cup of coffee in a stylish and elaborate way, this is the piece of brewing kit for you.
The syphon consists of a metal stand that holds a glass bulb, a glass chamber with a tube on the bottom that fits into the bulb and a cloth filter. There are several ways to use this lovely Japanese creation but whichever way you choose, the process works in the same way.
This produces an exceptionally clean and flavourful beverage and, when used properly, it's hard to beat.
Everything you need comes in the box, apart from the alcohol to fuel the included burner. Whilst the burner that is included works, it will make getting the best out of this brew method much more challenging and frustrating (this is the same with every syphon that you can buy). We recommend that if you aren't already the proud owner of a small butane burner, then you may wish to invest in one. We carry a great little burner that gives you plenty of control and more than enough consistent heat for all of your syphon needs.
I love making coffee with my siphon brewer. It can look intimidating or complex if you're not familiar with it but brewing coffee with the siphon is actually pretty easy and the clean-up afterward is not bad either. The siphon results in brighter and fuller-bodied cups than what I get with my V60 pour over method and as such has become my go-to brewing method (when time permits). I took eightounce's suggestion and bought a separate burner to the one that comes with the siphon to have a bit more control over the heat applied and I'm happy I did. I usually just brew coffee for myself so this size is perfect for that, however there are times I have ppl over and offer to make them coffee on the siphon and for those times I wish I had gotten the next bigger option (TCA-5) as I could have adjusted the recipe to make single or multiple cups in one brew with the bigger one.
Just a quick note to say how much I'm enjoying my Hario syphon coffee maker!
It's such a beautiful piece of kitchen gear and everyone who sees it wants to know about it.
I love my weekend ritual of making my syphon coffee, such a clean, clean, coffee taste. Thank you Wes for taking the time to explain everything and offering some great advice.