Have you heard many stories about the fuss taken to make a perfect cup of coffee using a siphon coffee maker? It’s all true if you happen to be a coffee snob (I have probably turned into one), and proud to be taking all that effort to make a great cuppa. But even if you fall into the other category of coffee drinkers, you may be interested in the Yama Glass 5-Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon just because it’s fun to make coffee this way!
The Dramatic Coffee Maker
The Yama is a utilitarian vacuum-siphon coffee brewer that goes on the stovetop, but you can also use a small gas burner if you want to impress your guests at the coffee table. It’s one of the cheaper siphon style coffee makers so if you’re new to siphon coffee making, it’s good to start with this model.
The siphon’s glass carafe comes in two sizes – 5-cup and 8-cup volumes. The larger size has a more appealing design with rounded siphon funnel and carafe. Both sizes come with a washable, reusable cloth covered filter. It also comes with a wire-grid, which you will only need when using the siphon on an electric stove.
Warning: Not for the Impatient
Admittedly, I really enjoyed the fussy process of using this vacuum coffee maker. Firstly you need to boil water in a kettle to speed up the process (otherwise you risk melting the plastic handle of the siphon), then transfer the near-boiling water into the bottom glass carafe and put it on the burner.
Different people use different ways to brew coffee with the Yama, but the main principle is to let steam travel up to the cooler upper vessel, which will consequently turn liquid and mix with the coffee grounds.
Some would stir the mixture but others say the taste is more consistent without stirring. It all depends on what you prefer, but remember to remove the whole pot from the heat source not too long after to avoid burning the coffee.
As the bottom chamber cools down, the mixture inside the upper vessel will flow back into the bottom glass carafe through the filter. Let the upper vessel cool down before carefully removing it. You can then enjoy your coffee!
If you understand the science behind the coffee making, you’ll be able to enjoy your first cup of smooth, crisp and flavor-packed coffee made with the Yama without dumping too many pots of ruined coffee.
Needs Much Care
Caring for this all-glass device is predictably laborious. Glass break easily, either from a knock, a fall or a sudden change in temperature. So you’ve got to make sure the Yama goes through none of that. This means handling, washing, drying and storing it very carefully.
Let’s talk about washing up. Coffee grounds that stick to the funnel and filter have to be scraped out (use your hand for efficiency) and the cloth filter needs to be rinsed thoroughly to make sure all of the coffee grounds are washed away – any residue left will turn bad and this will affect the taste and quality of your next pot.
While using this very manual, very time consuming coffee brewer, you should avoid adding too much water and only apply low to medium heat. For it to work properly, make sure the upper funnel is fitted snugly to the bottom chamber to properly form a vacuum seal – you can also try to wet the rubber seal to help attach both parts together.
Even though I would not use the Yama Glass Coffee Siphon on a busy morning, the taste of the coffee is worth all the trouble to use it on a lazy weekend, and it’s certainly worth the trouble for the theatrics and amazed looks on the faces of dinner guests (make sure you’ve gotten the method and brew right first). Click here to find out more about: Yama Glass Coffee Siphon
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