What could be better than a delicious cup of coffee? We're glad you asked. Add an open flame and apparatus that looks like it belongs in a chemistry lab that has Japanese letters on it, and that about does it for us.
The syphon (or siphon, if you're so inclined) is the epitome of coffee theatre, and can produce stunning coffee. Whether you want to impress your friends or just make a delicious cup of coffee in a stylish and elaborate way, this is the piece of brewing kit for you. The syphon consists of a metal stand that holds a glass bulb, a glass chamber with a tube on the bottom that fits into the bulb and a cloth filter.
There are several ways to use this lovely Japanese creation but whichever way you choose, the process works in the same way. This produces an exceptionally clean and flavourful beverage and, when used properly, it's hard to beat.
Everything you need comes in the box, apart from the alcohol to fuel the included burner. Whilst the burner that is included works, it will make getting the best out of this brew method much more challenging and frustrating (this is the same with every syphon that you can buy). We recommend that if you aren't already the proud owner of a small butane burner, then you may wish to invest in one. We carry a great little burner that gives you plenty of control and more than enough consistent heat for all of your syphon needs.
- Capacity: 600ml
- Height: 36.0cm
- Width: 11.0cm
- Heatproof Glass Alcohol Burner, Upper Bowl and Lower Bowl
- Stainless Steel Filter, Filter Assembly and Burner Cover
- Aluminum Windbreak
- Polypropylene Cover, Upper Bowl Stand, Alcohol Lamp Holder and Measuring Spoon
- Silicone Gaskets
- Stainless Steel, Iron and Zinc Alloy Stand with a Polypropylene Handle Cover and Brass Fastener
- Made in Japan
I ordered the TCA-5 Hario syphon system from Eight Ounce Coffee as they seemed the most knowledgeable and passionate about making sure I knew everything to know about what I was getting into. I purchased the butane burner as well, and I can understand why it makes such a difference. You need to be able to lower heat at times, and with the alcohol burner you cannot. My results have been a little mixed so far, but might be due to grind size and how long I roasted my beans. It sure is fun to make, and takes no longer than 5 minutes from start to finish including cleanup.
This is the most intersting/fun way to brew coffee in my opinion, although I would not suggest to use it during a rushed morning routine (at least for me anyway). I got it as a gift to myself on (inter)national coffee day in 2017 along with the butane burner they recommend… I didn’t even bother trying the alcohol burner. I like the syphon so much that I am getting a custom figured walnut handle made to replace the brown plastic one.