Coffee is a delectable, delicate drink that can taste amazing— depending on how you make it. Lovers of coffee will usually brew ground up coffee beans using a coffee maker or steep the ground beans in hot water with a French Press. Modern baristas are always coming up with new ways to enjoy this delectable beverage. Sometimes though, you need to look at the past, to fully experience the greatness of the future. That is where this journey on Siphon Coffee begins!
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Where Did Siphon Coffee Come From?
Way back in the mid-1800s, vacuum coffee was the trend. This is because coffee would become bitter and lose its flavor, because of the way it was prepared. Traditional baristas would typically put water in a pan and boil it with the coffee, and then it would be poured into a cup. Sediments and bitterness were the order of the day. Something needed to change – and drastically.
Then came vacuum coffee – the perfect solution. Vacuum coffee is made use of pressure that infused water with the ground coffee and brought out the best of its flavour. A French Brewer named Mme. Vassieux created two glass balloons that were help in place with a frame. Today, the design lives on as the Siphon Coffee Maker.
Making the Perfect Cup of Siphon Coffee
Creating the perfect cup of Siphon Coffee calls for ground coffee beans, water, and a siphon coffee maker. Here is how to go about it.
The Siphon coffee maker has two chambers. In the bottom chamber, you put some water. The upper chamber will contain the ground coffee. The aim is to heat the water in the bottom chamber using a small butane burner. Once the water heats up and starts boiling, it will produce vapor. The vapor will elevate in pressure and force the water into the upper chamber. Water will then immerse with coffee grounds. You can keep the heat on until all the water has turned to vapor. This should take around four minutes, and this will help the water steep with the coffee.
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Once you have no more water to heat up, switch off the heat which will cut down the vapor pressure. The water will then drop back down as rich, dark coffee that has no grains or sediment. There is a little cloth filter at the base of the upper chamber— which you can buy replacements of, here. A quick tip – before you start, make sure that the filter is on nice and tight. Both gravity and vacuum force are what make the immersion coffee that is Siphon Coffee.
So, what is so special about this coffee anyway? The clarity for one. This helps the palate tell the difference between varieties of coffee. The flavors are so clean and rich, that experts looking for the ultimate coffee experience will hunt down Siphon Coffee. Another ‘special’ factor is the body of the coffee. With a French Press, for example, you can get a perfectly steeped cup of coffee – with a touch of silt at the bottom. With Siphon Coffee, the liquid is heavy and rich, and so perfectly filtered that there is not much left at the bottom of the cup when you are done.
Why Do You Need Siphon Coffee?
Why do you need to try Siphon Coffee today? Well, it may possibly be the best tasting coffee that you ever have. The complexity of the coffee flavors and brilliant balance is achieved with this method, adding incredible depth to your coffee experience. It also has a theatrical flair to it, as watching the process of the coffee being created is unique and fascinating. If you are worried about safety due to the Bunsen burner, there are some models available that have their own heat source, and you may even be able to use a stove. This one from KitchenAid may be a good alternative for you.
Think about Siphon coffee as a way to love and treat yourself in your favorite coffee mug; it’s a luxury that you should indulge in whenever you can. Perfect for the coffee connoisseur!
What do you guys think? Have you heard of this brewing method before? Think you’ll try it? Let us know your thoughts on Siphon Coffee, and any tips you may have to get the best cup of Siphon coffee.
Want to indulge yourself in additional coffee brewing methods? Take a look at our article 4 Coffee Brewing Methods. Or go more in depth with articles like our brew guides on the Aeropress and Moka Pot Coffee.
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Thanks for reading, we hope you learned something new today. We’ll brew ya later!