Coffee Siphon: The Cheaper, Greener Way To Make Coffee

Coffee Siphon: The Cheaper, Greener Way To Make Coffee

Range Govindan
Nov 10, 2010

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.

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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