Coffee Siphon: The Cheaper, Greener Way To Make Coffee

I've been a coffee addict for awhile. It's easy to prove that the more you work and the busier you are, the more you'll end up craving a fresh cup of hot java a few times a day. It comes to no surprise that this can get expensive very quickly, no matter how you try to manage this. That's until you start making all of your coffee at home.

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August was bad. I was working 50 to 60 hours a week and I needed at least two cups of coffee per day to keep myself going. I quickly got tired of buying coffee at Starbucks and started frequenting local coffee shops instead. Part of this was tied to the fact that I stopped putting sugar into my drinks earlier this year. I slowly discovered that I tasted coffee a lot better without any additives, syrups or any form of sugar.

A local coffee shop prepared my favorite Blue Jamaican coffee in a coffee siphon. It was an interesting way to make coffee. It's also called a vacuum coffee maker. The whole device was pretty compact, since it made no more than 3 cups of coffee at a time. However, the taste was a lot better than the one that you could get from a coffee machine. By my comparison, the taste was also better than coffee stemming from a French press or big coffee machine, even fancier espresso machines. The taste is smoother, crisper, and cleaner than other brewing methods. I ran some numbers quickly in my head and decided that I'd get myself a coffee siphon. If I continued to drink coffee at the rate that I was drinking, I'd pay for the coffee siphon in no time. I bought a Tiamo coffee siphon from Japan and paid about $60 for it.

Since August, I drink less coffee, about 3 to 5 cups a week. I usually drink a mug of strong milk tea in the mornings, but drink the coffee after I wake up from my afternoon naps, which I take during my lunch time. I find that if I drink a whole mug, it will keep me up until late in the night. A cup is the perfect size for my peculiar coffee addiction.

If I am going to hit the road, I always brew a cup to go, ensuring that I won't make a coffee stop at a coffee shop. As you know, brewing your own coffee costs pennies compared to spending $3 to $6 at your favorite coffee shop. That's the first way that you save money. With a coffee siphon, you also don't use any electricity. The Tiamo model came with a small refillable burner. The coffee siphon also came with a washable filter, so you don't need to get any paper filters. All in all, I'm pretty happy about this appliance. It transforms brewing your coffee into a ritual. You can also cut down on brewing times by using hot water. I find that it takes only a few minutes to brew my cup of coffee. I've also used bottled water from Evian and Volvic to see how it affects the taste. I got the best results with those brands of water, though filtered tap water is fine.

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