Want the Best Brew Quality & Brewing Experience? Try Siphon Coffee Makers!

Posted on April 8 in Articles | 1 comment

Burning Process during Siphon Coffee Brewing

Burning Process during Siphon Coffee Brewing

There is no denying that growth in coffee consumption is an unstoppable trend. Even in China (traditional tea nation), a tectonic shift is happening, particularly among the younger generations.

Not every coffee purist love the idea of going into a Starbucks outlet to grab their caffeine dose. Hate it or love it, Starbucks is largely responsible for making coffee such a hip and cool lifestyle. In fact, that serves as the entry point for most of the coffee geeks whom I know.

As my fascination towards coffee grew and my love for caffeine grew fonder, I start to realize that the coffee menu being served at the popular establishments are no longer as ‘authentic’. Take for example the Americano. Raise it up during any conversation with the geeks and get yourself ready to become a laughing stock.

I see coffee making as an art and not a commodity. Starbucks and the gang have been great in attracting new bunch of coffee enthusiasts. But I learnt that only by brewing it yourself then I’m able to experience the maximum pleasure and satisfaction in every sip of coffee I take.

Going into siphon (or syphon) brewing technique is to most people, like going into unchartered water. Unless you’ve been a coffee addict long enough, you’ve probably not heard of it before. In this coffee maker review, I’m hoping to shed some light into this ancient but less known brewing technique.

At the end, you’ll find some of the top-rated and best-selling siphon brewers in case you plan to setup a mini ‘coffee chemistry lab’ in your kitchen!

Process of coffee brewing with Bodum most popular vacuum brewerFinal brewing phase in syphon coffee maker
Early Phase of Siphon Brewing
Final Phase of Siphon Brewing

Going Back to Basics

There is a lot of science and jargon involved in the process of making coffee with this technique. In its simplest term that I believe most laymen will understand, it uses vapors to brew and extract the aroma and flavor out of your coffee beans.

First of all, the coffee maker is composed of basically two pots that seem to be stacked up on top of one another. They are connected via a narrow tube. The ground coffee is placed in the upper pot while the water fills up the pot beneath it.

During the brewing stage, the water is heated up by the torch and becomes vapour (simple physics here). It then climbs up to the second pot where the coffee powder has been placed. Once the vapor reaches the top container, it goes back to liquid form as the temperature there is cooler than what is beneath.

With a little stirring, complete mixing is accomplished. Do not leave it for too long. Do a bit of experimentation to find out the optimal duration that will produce the perfect brew based on your preference. Once the coffee is deemed ready to be served, turn off the flame.

This will allow the water to drip down to the pot beneath and leave the sediments in the pot above. And you are all set to go. It is that simple!

Many people really prefer this type of method in coffee making since it makes a much more flavoured output of a coffee. Yes, there are many other ways wherein one can brew coffee but this is one of the best ones out there.

It is also worthy of mention that the brew proves to be more pure and concentrated than other coffee makers. This alone is enough to make this the one of the best if not already the best way to brew coffee.

The Popular Options

There are a number of siphon coffee makers out there but only fewp prove to be worthy of your consideration. Here is my list of 3 favorite siphon coffee makers.

Northwest Glass Yama Stovetop Coffee Siphon

What really makes this siphon coffee maker stand out is that it actually is easy to clean up. There have been so many people who complain about having problems with cleaning up their siphon coffee makers but this one is somehow a good exception. That, coupled with the great coffee that it brews, makes this a worthy coffee maker to invest in.

Yama Coffee Siphon with butane burner

This newer version from Yama is really more stylish than its predecessors. Aesthetics aside, they bring in more than just pleasure to the eyes but also to the senses.

Yes, this coffee maker is making out to be one of the best ones out there that have come from a long line of great coffee makers.

Cona D Vacuum Brewer

Next on the list is one of the lesser known greats. Unless you are seriously considering a siphon brewer, Cona D vacuum brewer has probably never occured to you before.

Design of Cona siphon coffee maker is great in that it departs from the usual ‘chemistry-like’ design. It’s got a curvy handle that holds the pots together. Aside from making great quality coffee, it’ll definitely make a sexy addition to your kitchen top.

Few Things to Take Note Of

Now that you have a clear idea on how a avcuum coffee maker works, the next natural question would “Why use a coffee siphon in the first place?” The general consensus with the use of siphon coffee makers is that it has produced coffee that is rich in aroma.

The flavour here refers to the crisper and thinner flavour that really makes one feel the coffee. But always remember that perfect coffee maker is always subjective and it varies between individuals.

Siphon brewing method does come with few flaws. For starters, people who are used to French pressed coffee or other brews that are strong might find the brews produced out of this method to be quite weak.

Also, this kind of method needs much time and supervision. One cannot really just leave this coffee maker on while going to the bathroom for a while. It should constantly be watched over to prevent spills and other mishaps. Nevertheless, fans of vacuum brewing cite this as the major appeal as it makes the whole brewing process like an art.

Another disadvantage to this would be that it needs an external heat source. Though pots come with their own heat sources, they still get compared to thermoses and other coffee makers that need less additional elements.


In the end, the choice is entirely yours to make. You can expect a milder but more aromatic brew by using siphon coffee makers. If this is your brewing profile, do check out Chemex drip maker (they are really gorgeous). But if you only need a single brew each time, you may want to check out our pick for the best single serve coffee makers.

But if your preference is for stronger brew, French Press or Espresso maker are what you should really be looking at.

For now, I’ll leave you with a video that shows you how Bodum, the most popular siphon brewer, really works.

1 Comment

  1. the water is heated up … and becomes vapour (simple physics here). It then climbs up to the second pot where the coffee powder has been placed. Once the vapor reaches the top container, it goes back to liquid form as the temperature there is cooler than what is beneath. … This will allow the water to drip down to the pot beneath.

    Very strange description!

    I own a Yama. No water vapor can climb up the tube because the tube from the bottom of the upper pot is dipped into the water, preventing the escape of air and vapor. Because of that, pressure builds up in the lower pot and pushes the boiling water up the tube into the upper pot. One part of the coffee maker’s name is either vacuum or siphon and essentially, what those tems mean is that the coffee brew is “sucked” back down into the lower pot. That happens around one minute after the heat source is removed or turned off, the lower pot cools down, the volume of air and vapor in the pot reduces creating a vacuum. The coffee brew is not exactly “sucked” down by the vacuum but pushed down by the stronger ambient air pressure on the surface of the coffee-water mix in the upper pot. That is still simple physics, though.

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