How to Use a Siphon Coffee Maker

A Siphon Brewer or Vacuum Coffee Pot

The Siphon Brewer is a clever device that prepares an exceptional cup of coffee with a potent aroma and clearly a real treat! Vacuum brewed coffee was invented in France in the 1840s and became very popular in the United States around the middle part of the 20th century. This brewing method undeniably produced the best tasting filter coffee, but it lost favour in the convenience-obsessed America of the 1950s and beyond. While other parts of the world continued to use vacuum brewers (most notably Europe and in Asia) the U.S., percolation, auto drip and instant coffees gradually replaced vacuum brewing use, bringing super convenient (yet also super bad tasting!) coffee to the American breakfast table.
Today, quality coffee is making a major comeback in North America and, as a result, people are starting to use vacuum brewers again. The vacuum technique of brewing coffee at perfect brewing temperatures ensures a perfect cup. And the way it makes the coffee! Everyone who sees a vac pot in action is enthralled by the process. You will be, as well. Personally this is my favorite!

Link to a really great video on how to brew syphon coffee,

You Will Need:
  • Fresh-roasted coffee (40grams) or 5 scoops
  • Hot water (195 – 205º F)
  • Siphon Coffee Brewer                                                                                         
  • Grinder (grind = medium to fine)
  • Measuring spoon or scale
  • Cup(s) and/or thermal carafe

Note: When using the filter for the first time it is important to soak it in boiling water for one minute.

  1. Measure and grind coffee beans for use in the siphon coffee maker.  5 heaping of the measuring spoon supplied with your siphon about 40grams of coffee grinds
  2. Install the filter in the upper globe of the siphon coffee maker. Pull the chain through the vessel and hook it to the bottom of the siphon. Set aside. 
  3. Fill the lower globe of the siphon coffee maker with pre -boiled-heated water, then place the upper globe on the lower globe. Activate the heat source (which may be a butane burner, alcohol or mythol hydrate burner). Water vapour will push the water from the lower globe into the upper globe.
  4. Please read note ** below before continuing to this next step. Once the water rises up into the upper globe pour in the grinds and using a paddle or wooden spoon, quickly mix coffee grinds and water in the upper globe. Stir the mixture to create a whirlpool effect.
  5. Remove the paddle and allow the saturated coffee grounds to steep for at least 45 to 50 seconds.
  6. After 44 to 50 seconds, give it another stir with the paddle to saturate the grinds into the water. Then, turn off heat source and move the stand away from the heat source. The fluid in the upper globe will drain into the lower globe, producing brewed coffee. The brewing cycle will take anywhere from 45 to 90 seconds.
  7. After the lower globe fills with coffee, remove the upper globe containing the sediment.
  8. Using the stand as a handle, pour the brewed coffee into a mug and serve hot.

 After every brew rinse and clean clothes covered filter with a soft toothbrush or brush and then rinse thoroughly. Place it in a sealed container filled with water and store the container in the refrigerator. 
If used daily, once a week soak filter in hot water with baking soda and a dab of vinegar for 10 minutes, then rinse and put back in water filled container in the fridge. Once a month boil your filter for 3 minutes.

Link to a really great video on how to brew siphon coffee,

Clothes filter can be used for up to 1 year, if properly taken care of. When filter is worn replacements are available,

**Note: If water in the upper chamber is boiling before you pour the grinds in give it a quick stir to release some of the heat. If you are using a butane burner lower heat as the water rises in the upper chamber. If you are using alcohol burner then make sure the wick is not to high and not too short, you may have to play with it a bit until you get it right. Please read step 4

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