Some may believe that there is nothing more important to Australians than an excellent cup of coffee. We are spoiled for choice pretty much anywhere in the country and we don’t settle for anything less than amazing. As a Sydney-sider, I have seen many cafes come and go and will often scope out the best-rated coffee in different suburbs before visiting them. Now, that high standard of coffee can extend into my own home with the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer.
Siphon brewed coffee is certainly not a new concept, and in fact it dates back to 19th century Germany. Having fallen out of favour in more modern times thanks to easier methods like drip coffee and espresso machines, it now appears to be making a comeback with more and more cafes adopting the technique. You may have seen the manual siphon set-ups in your local coffee shop and understandably mistaken it for someone’s weird science experiment. Fortunately, KitchenAid’s electric version makes brewing your own siphon coffee as easy as flicking a switch, sort of.My first impressions of the machine when I set it up on the kitchen counter was that it looked a bit like a kettle wearing an astronaut’s helmet. Having said that, it did look pretty sleek in the kitchen and made for a great talking point for visitors. Using the machine was relatively simple; KitchenAid provide a small chart with recommended dosage of coffee to how many cups you want to make, and they suggest using a scale to measure it exactly. I did this with medium coarse ground Allpress beans, and felt like a pro when I was measuring the coffee on the kitchen scale. Once I had done this, I put the coffee into the helmet, or the ‘brew unit’ as it’s actually called, filled up the kettle part (carafe) with water, then popped the brew unit on top. The two components join together with a magnetic locking seal to ensure there are no spillages or accidents. From here comes the easy flick of the switch, and an LED indicator will light up to let you know to sit back and relax because your delicious coffee is on its way.I found the brewing process pretty entertaining to watch because it actually looked a bit like a science experiment; the water rose into the top to the coffee and then started brewing within the brew unit before descending again into the carafe. It took around six minutes for the process to be complete, and I finally got to taste the goods! I found the coffee to taste just as promised; complex, rich and clean. It was actually everything I had hoped it would be.Then came the slightly labourious part, and one which I think will take a bit of getting used to. Cleaning the Siphon Brewer required a bit more work than I was used to, as you can’t put any of the components in the dishwasher, and you have to be careful when hand washing due to the fragile glass and electrical parts. Not too much to ask I suppose seeing as I’m already craving making another one just from writing this review.All in all, KitchenAid’s Siphon Brewer is an impressive machine which produces a fantastic drop of coffee, with it being particularly useful when making coffee for a few people. I think it’s easily worth the money as it appeals to my inner coffee snob and also looks pretty sexy on the kitchen bench.
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