What makes Siphon Coffee So Cool?
Two glass globes set on atop each other with a burner below, looks like a contraption right of a science lab. Coffee siphons are a theatrical way of making coffee whose origins go back in the 1840s. A house wife from France and an engineer from Scotland realized the principle of expansion and contraction of water vapor and how it benefits to coffee brewing. It fell out of fashion in 1970s because it was cumbersome and coffee took a while to be made. But they are making a comeback in a big way.
The way a siphon works is simple but it looks complicated. The contraption has 3 main segments – upper and lower pots and the burner. The lower chamber is filled with water which slowly get heated. The chamber above has the coffee. As water heats and converts into vapour it pushes the hot water into the top chamber. After the coffee has brewed on the top vessel, heat is turned off. This causes the water to cool down and the steeping liquid transfers back down to the lower pot.
Apart from the theatrics, coffee siphon produces a far clearer brew compared to a French press and other methods. The flavor is of the coffee is delicate, almost no bitterness and floral notes.
Getting a siphon for home might be tad bit too much. You can always head to the newly opened La Folie Lab in Bandra, who are brewing coffees using a siphon. You can get these coffees as part of the Hipcask Coffee Passport as well!