Like all coffee brewing methods, there’s a fine art to getting it right with a siphon system. It’s a relatively fool-proof brewing method in general, but show your coffee a little TLC and it’ll give you so much in return.
For the purpose of this guide, we’ll assume you’re using a relatively standard siphon coffee maker - nothing unnecessarily elaborate. We’ll also be going with a standard ratio of 35g of fresh ground coffee to 560ml of hot water, which you’ll be looking to heat as closely as possible to 93° C (i.e. 200° F).
Here’s a brief step by step overview of how to brew an exceptional cup of siphon coffee at home:
It’s a comprehensively straightforward process from start to finish, perhaps with the slight exception of heating the water to the perfect temperature and holding it there. This is where practice makes perfect, as it’s simply a case of noting which settings on the cooker you use work for which parts of the heating process.
Investing in a decent thermometer is advisable in any case, unless you choose a siphon coffee maker that has one built into its design.
Other than this, it’s simply a case of experimenting with different water to coffee ratios, different coffee grounds consistencies and different types of coffee. Once you’ve nailed the perfect recipe to suit your tastes, you’ll know exactly what all the hype surrounding siphon coffee is all about!
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