The Syphon Coffee Maker

So this is what a syphon coffee maker looks like…

without his top on. Quite a sexy little number, isn’t he?

Besides being nice to look at what makes this guy so special? Well, it’s rather simple really – it all boils down to flavour. The syphon coffee maker produces a more clarified, delicate cup in which the subtler nuances of a coffee’s flavour profile are highlighted. These dainty flavours are usually overshadowed by a high acidity. This method of brewing lowers the acidity, which opens the way for the delicate flavours to shine. That’s it.

So, how does it work?

Hot water goes in.

A heat source is applied.

The syphon vessel is popped on top and secured with a rubber gasket.

The water heats up and some of it turns to gas (water vapour).
As the vapour expands it pushes the water up the syphon tube.

Once the brewing time is complete the heat source is removed.
The vapour contracts and creates a vacuum.

And ta-da! the coffee makes it way back down the tube.

Origin offer syphon tastings and the whole process takes about 15 minutes from set-up to cup and costs only 22 bucks.

We got to taste their new Rwandan Cup of Excellence, Lot #13 Abakunda Kawa, with the syphon, and let me tell you, its pretty damned good. It is a sweet and elegant coffee with notes of white grape and dragonfruit. Not to be missed.


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Written by Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the editor in chief and photographer for I Love Coffee.


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3 Responses to “The Syphon Coffee Maker”

  1. June 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Looks like a hubbly

  2. Lucas R Adams June 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Would be interesting to know how much the taste differs in comparison to using a standard bialetti..

    It pretty much seems to work on the same principles of water pressure and expansion.

  3. Stephan June 23, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    where can I buy one


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