Japanese Vs. American Siphon Coffee Brewing Methods

Equal parts science and artful craft, brewing coffee with a siphon brewer turns an otherwise simple task into an immersive experience. The devices themselves are often sleek, yet scientific looking. The contrast of metal and glass makes it look like something out of a chemistry lab. And if you’ve ever been to one of the many cafes that have adopted siphon brewing, you know that the brewing process is a spectacle on its own. 

The siphon brewer first gained real traction in America a few years ago when Blue Bottle dropped some serious money on a siphon bar for one of their cafes. The siphon bar was bought and shipped all the way from Japan, adding a sense of mystique and exotic luxury to the purchase. This helped to solidify the idea of the siphon as a brand new Japanese coffee brewing concept being brought to America. But this was never the case.

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Immersion vs. Drip Coffee Brewing

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When learning the ropes of coffee or comparing different brewers, you hear a lot about the difference between drip and immersion brewers. Some people prefer the body of an immersion brew or the clarity from a drip brew.

But what does it all mean? Isn’t coffee just coffee? Is the process really more complex than hot water + ground coffee? Yes. Yes it is.

But that’s OK! It doesn’t have to be as complex as it sounds. Just like there is more than one way to cook a steak, there’s more than one method of brewing coffee. And if you’ve made coffee before, you’ve already utilized one method already. Maybe even both!

For the sake of learning, let’s take a look at the differences between the two primary methods of brewing coffee.

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5 Fundamentals to Start Making Great Coffee at Home

One of the most daunting things about deciding to explore making better coffee at home is the cost. After all, most people, whether they realize it or not, think of coffee in terms of convenience first, taste second. Which drive-thru is closest? Will getting a Keurig save me more time or convenience in the morning compared to my coffee pot?

So naturally, when people begin searching for ways to make coffee at home, they’re overcome with sticker shock. Often, they’ll end up sticking with what they’ve always done.

It’s true that coffee, just like any hobby or endeavor, does come with some upfront investment. But in order to see a substantial increase, you really don’t need to break the bank and you definitely don’t always need the latest and greatest gear.

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4 of the Best Balancing Siphon Coffee Makers

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So, you love getting your morning brew from the coffee shop down the road, and now you want to replicate that gorgeous taste at home? If that sounds like you, you’re probably unsure which brewing method to opt for.

Well, if you want to enjoy a rich, delicious cup of Joe, nothing beats a balancing siphon coffee maker.

Yes, these require more effort than an electric machine or the french press, but once you’ve got to grips with it, you’ll be able to blend your favorite coffee beans like the pros do, all within the comfort of your own home.

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The 4 Best Electric Siphon Coffee Makers

best electric siphon coffee makers

Becoming a home barista isn’t rocket science. It’s easy to make delicious coffee in your own kitchen. You just need a reliable machine that looks and feels the part.

Siphon coffee makers offer serious coffee drinkers a fabulous coffee-making experience. It’s not just about taste, but about watching something beautiful and intense being created. True coffee geeks say that the several-hundred-year-old siphon brewing method is the best invented- and they’re right.

So, your perfect cup starts with making that crucial decision: do I buy an electric siphon or its stovetop version?

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Hario TCA-5 Technica Coffee Siphon

Review of the Hario Technica 5 Coffee Syphon

The Hario TCA-5 Siphon Coffee Brewer, much like many of Hario’s products, is an extraordinarily unique piece of coffee equipment perfectly suited for the specialty coffee enthusiast who wishes to branch out beyond the world of french press and pour over brewing. 

The Siphon is the product of an elegant intersection between basic chemistry and Hario’s world-renowned, high quality glass construction. The result is an easy-to-use system that consistently brews a delicious, full-bodied cup of coffee.  If you are interested in diversifying your coffee brewing equipment to get the most out of your coffee, the TCA-5 is both a top-notch brewing apparatus and a unique conversation piece perfect for sharing coffee with a friend.

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5 Home Coffee Brewing Mistakes to Avoid

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Every day, millions of us go through a daily ritual of preparing our morning cup of coffee. For some of us, it’s a sacred process of getting us the quality coffee we deserve. For others, it’s strictly about finding the fastest way to get that sweet, sweet caffeine into our bodies.

Regardless of which group you fall into, you’re likely to make a mistake along the way, whether due to sleep deprivation or ignorance. Unfortunately, those little mistakes in brewing your coffee can have a massive impact. Take a look and see if you’re making these 5 coffee mistakes that could be sabotaging your brew. Fix ‘em and you’ll be on your way to a better cup in no time.

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Chemex Vs. Hario V60: a Pour Over Coffee Showdown!

Chemex vs V60 showdown

Every day, more people are turning to hand-poured coffee for their morning cup. Coffee shops are still as popular as ever and most of us can’t resist a proper latte or espresso, but recently people are starting to seek that same level of quality and consistency from their coffee at home (or work).

For most people, the bulky counter top coffee maker is no longer cutting it. Pour over brewers are becoming kitchen staples and an essential part of many morning routines. Even though pour over brewers are nothing new – the first Melitta filter was created in 1908 – a renewed interest in the craft has produced some standout favorites. Today, we are going to put two of the premier pour over brewers, the Chemex and the Hario V60, through a head to head showdown.

But first, introductions.

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What Affects the Taste of your Coffee Brew?

What affects the taste of your coffee brew

Learn how to get that barista-crafted flavor from your home brew

It’s the most frustrating part of the journey to better coffee. You purchase a bag of coffee from your favorite local roaster (hopefully), grind it up, brew it, and… it’s just not the same. Did they sell you the wrong beans? Is your equipment not fancy enough? Is the barista a wizard? All of these very valid questions arise as you try to figure out where you went wrong.

Fortunately, there are other possible reasons for your less-than-stellar brew. Coffee is one of the most chemically complex foods that we consume, and the process from farm to cup isn’t much different. By the time you purchase your bag of coffee, the farmer, roaster, and barista have all done their part. Now, it’s up to you, the consumer, to do yours.

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