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Siphon: How-to Guide

August 31, 2013

Popular again, and for good reason: we’re hard-pressed to imagine a more temperature-stable home brewing device. Your reward for the extra work? Especially clean, rich coffee with disproportionate body.







Need:



Siphon, heat source, cloth or paper filters

Shop our selection of siphons







Coffee nerd options:





Grinder, scale, timer, thermometer







Recipe basics:





Brew time: 3 minutes (including a 1-min draw down time)

Temperature: boiling

Grind setting: fine drip

Ratio: 1:14 coffee to water





Below measurements are interchangeable. For example, you can use 16 g of grounds to produce a 8 oz cup of coffee.

































Siphon size



Coffee measurement



Water measurement



2-cup



16 g



235 g





3 T



8 oz



3-cup



24 g



350 g





4.5 T



12 oz



5-cup



42 g



590 g





7.5 T



20 oz



8-cup



70 g



1170 g





13 T



40 oz






1. Fill the lower globe with the desired amount of water.

How to Make A Siphon Coffee Step 1









2. Ensure that your filter is in place in the upper globe.





How to Make A Siphon Coffee Step 2







3. Apply heat and securely attach the upper globe to the lower globe when your water is approaching the boiling point.





How to Make A Siphon Coffee Step 3







4. Once the temperature of the water in the upper globe has stabilized within the desired range, add coffee ground at a fine drip setting and steep for two minutes. Gently immerse coffee particles that rise to the top at the beginning and end of the steep as needed, using a bamboo stirrer or rice paddle.





How to Make A Siphon Coffee Step 4







5. At the two-minute mark, remove the siphon from the heat source. After a drawdown period of approximately one minute, you’ll be ready to serve. Enjoy!





How to Make A Siphon Coffee Step 5







For further exploration:





  • Cotton filters need to be kept moist, e.g. in a jar of water in the fridge. Paper filters also exist for those who prefer them.
  • The drawdown process is an integral part of the steep, so there’s no need to rush it.
  • Pressed for time? Low on alcohol for your burner? Pre-heat your water before adding it to the lower globe.





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