Move over, French press: there’s a new coffee-brewing movement gaining ground. Siphon coffee brewing, the latest coffee trend, actually isn’t anything new at all: vacuum coffee making was actually invented in the 1830s in Europe. But the fun-to-watch method, which also produces a clean, delicate cup of coffee, has become increasingly popular at coffee shops across the country.
Here’s how the simple brewing method works: A siphon coffee pot has two chambers, a carafe on the bottom and a coffee brewer on top. Water goes into the bottom carafe, and ground coffee into the top brewer. When the bottom carafe is exposed to heat, the water vaporizes, creating pressure inside the bottom container. The water vapor makes its way up to the top chamber where the coffee is, and brewing takes place.
Remove the siphon brewer from heat, and the opposite occurs: the cooled-down bottom chamber draws out all of the liquid from the upper chamber. When the liquid from the upper chamber is drawn back down to the carafe, it passes through a filter, leaving the coffee grounds behind. What’s left is a carafe of fresh coffee that’s bright, rich, and well-filtered.
Our new KitchenAid Siphon Brewer is a modern take on vacuum brewing. The KitchenAid Siphon Brewer’s design, which was inspired by that of the classic siphon coffee maker, maintains the beauty of a manual siphon system, but incorporates modern touches. the lid, for instance, fits both the top of the brewer as well as the carafe, and the brewer features a magnetic latch system that makes the chambers easy to pull apart. An easy-to-clean stainless steel tube connects both chambers, and the filtration system includes a reusable plunger that makes cleanup easy.