As a dedicated coffee fan and home barista, you’ve undoubtedly heard of siphon coffee machines. In fact, coffee made with a siphon brewer is so hard to beat that he is actually behind some of the best baristas in the universe. And even in the world of self-brewing, it is currently in vogue.
Well, brewing with a siphon coffee maker requires effort and a degree of caution, but the process of vacuum brewing is so much fun and so satisfying that we expect it to be your next big caffeinated adventure.
Yama Glass 8 Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon
For those house baristas who do not want to risk forfeiting a fortune with their first siphon coffee machine, this neat and compact offering from Yama is definitely the way to go.
This stovetop brewer is available in 22-ounce and 40-ounce sizes so that you can choose the right one for your needs. The design is very simple, and it’s pretty much fool-proof to use.
Although this siphon coffee maker does the job, you must remember that you get what you pay for. The glass is quite thin, so a break is possible. Sometimes the seal between the two chambers is not perfect, which leads to drainage problems.
HARIO Technica Coffee Siphon
Hario Technica is a stand-alone siphon coffee machine made in Japan. Although this is still one of the cheaper options, we have been looking for you. This brewer is of much higher quality than the Yama cooktop.
The Technica is a classic stand-alone siphon coffee machine. The device is available in the sizes 3 or 5 cups and has a separate alcohol burner. The simple yet elegant design is also very easy to use and easy to clean.
The main downside is that the alcohol burner can be slow to heat the water so that you won’t be making a brew in a hurry with this unit unless you pre-heat the water independently of the machine.
Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker
We’ve found that the Bodum PEBO Siphon Coffee Maker is of exceptional value, as it can cook eight cups of coffee with consistently great taste in less than 10 minutes.
The unit has a reusable plastic filter, rather than a cloth one, making it really quick and easy to clean, especially if you use fairly coarse grounds. Note that the brewer doesn’t come with a burner, although you can use it with an electric or gas burner, as long as you place a diffuser between.
This is a fairly large unit, so make sure you have enough space on your worktop or in your kitchen cupboard.
Yama Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Ceramic 20-ounce Siphon
For beanheads on a larger budget, Yama’s 20 ounce siphon coffee maker is just the ticket. This elegant vintage-inspired piece not only makes for a great cup of coffee, it also looks great on your countertop or elsewhere in your home when it’s not in use.
The well-designed and appealing siphon has a sealed interior that captures all the coffee taste that other methods like the French press lose in translation. You can make 20 ounces of coffee in a session with the Yama, making it ideal for a budget with modest requirements. The machine is also quite heavy so accidental breakage is less likely.
The price may be out of reach of some folk, but if you’re serious about home brewing, the Yama is absolutely worth every penny. With the unit, you get five reusable cloth filters and a very high-quality butane burner, although you can use this siphon coffee maker on a gas stove too.
KitchenAid KCM08120B Siphon Coffee Brewer
If you are fascinated by the siphon coffee preparation but are worried that the process is too complex to take care of, KitchenAid’s siphon coffee preparation may be the answer. This device is automated!
The coffee quality is very consistent and the full-bodied taste is delicious. However, there is no heating element in this unit. You must therefore drink the coffee as it was prepared, otherwise it will quickly get cold.
KitchenAid’s siphon coffee maker is made from stainless steel and glass, with no plastic componentry. The filter is made from stainless steel, so it’s easier to clean and maintain than a traditional cloth filter.
Gourmia Electric Siphon Coffee Machine
The Gourmia looks like some kind of Instagram post. It looks refined, there is no doubt about that.
If you’re looking for something that’s visually appealing and makes good coffee, then this might be for you.
But if you do not like the excitement of manual siphon coffee makers, then the Gourmia coffee maker is for you.
The base is actually a control panel that gives you the option of automatic and manual brewing. This provides room for further adjustments, especially if you want to grind your own coffee beans.
Another thing that I liked about this coffee maker is the concealed heating source.
That said, it’s not totally ‘accident proof.’ You could still get burned when removing the top before pouring the coffee out, so be careful!