What Is Siphon Coffee and How Does Siphon Coffee Taste Like

As a true coffee enthusiast, I tried siphon coffee in Luang Prabang in Laos.

If you are interested in what siphon coffee is and how does siphon coffee taste like, keep on reading.

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Siphon coffee at the Cafe de Laos in Luang Prabang in Laos © World Travel Connector

My caffeinated journey around the World goes on. So far I’ve sipped Vietnamese coffee in Vietnam, had authentic Italian espresso in Italy, tasted Kopi Luwak coffee in Bali, visited most famous traditional coffee houses in Vienna in Austria … and got familiar with siphon coffee taste in Laos.

SIPHON COFFEE IN LAOS: WHAT IS SIPHON COFFEE AND HOW DOES SIPHON COFFEE TASTE LIKE

French colonial architecture in Luang Prabang in Laos © World Travel Connector

Coffee in Laos is a heritage of French colonial rule. In the 19th and 20th century, Laos was a part of Frech Indochina when French colonists planted first coffee seeds and grew first coffee plantations in Laos. Although the coffee industry in Laos never got developed as in neighboring Vietnam, where France also introduced coffee, Laos has been producing some extraordinary good tasting coffee with a robust, strong and bold taste.

After all, modern Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the World, and today only Brazil produces more coffee than Vietnam.

Luang Prabang in Laos © World Travel Connector

Nonetheless, I especially indulged in the caffeinated delight during my stay in Luang Prabang in Laos. Once the royal, cultural and religious capital of the mighty Kingdom of a Million Elephants (Lane Xang Kingdom) on the Silk Route, Luang Prabang was added to the Protectorate of French Indochina in the 19th century. Town of Lung Prabang is dressed up in a unique fusion of traditional Lao architecture and French colonial architecture and as such was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

A traditional Lao temple in Luang Prabang  © World Travel Connector

That said and having in mind that first commercially successful siphon brewer was patented by a certain French lady known as Madame Vassieux, Luang Prabang was a perfect place for sipping coffee siphon.

WHAT IS SIPHON COFFEE

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Siphon filter coffee is coffee prepared by a special coffee brewing method called the syphon method in a device called siphon coffee maker. Because it uses vacuum effect, siphon filter coffee maker is also called vacuum pot and vacuum pot maker.

Is siphon coffee better?

Vacuum brewed coffee is believed to be one of the best-tasting coffee. In fact, the siphon method is an advanced coffee brewing method that uses techniques of french press coffee and drip coffee brewing. Furthermore, the coffee siphon method uses full immersion and low-pressure extraction. Siphon coffee brewing is considered by many coffee aficionados to be the best coffee brewing method. And siphon cofee is well-liked by many coffee devotees.

WHAT IS SIPHON COFFEE MAKER

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Syphon coffee maker is a special device looking like out of a school chemistry lab. Yes, this is the coffee maker that looks like a chemistry set. It uses pressure, gravity, and vacuum and that’s why is also called vacuum coffee maker or vacuum brewer. And gravity coffee maker as well.

How does siphon coffee work?

Vacuum pot siphon coffee brewer is made of two chambers and a heater (usually a small butane burner for syphon coffee). The bottom chamber is filled with water and the upper chamber is filled with coffee. As the water heats, vapor pressure forces water into the upper chamber where the water immerse with coffee grounds. When the heat is turned off, the vapor pressure disappears and the water drops back with pure and clear coffee with no coffee sediment through the filter placed at the bottom of the upper chamber. It uses phenomena of gravity and vacuum and therefore is also called vacuum brewing. This immersion coffee brewing method produces one of the best-tasting coffee and a coffee with full aroma.

On Amazon.com you can find a wide range of great Siphon coffee makers you can choose from. There you can find the best Siphon maker for yourself in line with your needs and budget.

BEST-BUY SIPHON POTS:

HARIO Technica Three Cup Coffee Siphon, 360ml

Yama Glass Siphon Vacuum Coffee Maker, 20-Ounce, Clear

HOW TO MAKE SYPHON COFFEE & HOW TO USE SIPHON COFFEE MAKER 

If you wonder how to use a siphon coffee maker, here is a complete visual guide on how to do it with the photos I took at Cafe de Laos in Luang Prabang in Laos.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to travel to Laos for siphon coffee. You can prepare you can prepare syphon coffee at your home following the next steps.

How to make siphon coffee:

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Cafe de Laos in Luang Prabang © World Travel Connector

Put water in the lower chamber and coffee grounds in the upper chamber. Set up a siphon, the device while locking tight the filter.

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Cafe de Laos in Luang Prabang © World Travel Connector

Set a butane burner for syphone coffee under the device. Turn on the heater and heat the water to boiling.

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When the water is evaporated into the upper chamber, stir the mix of coffee and water in the upper chamber. Let the coffee and water steep a few minutes (up to 5 minutes).

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Turn off the heat. The pressure from the upper chamber will start getting down. And the coffee will drain down into the lower chamber through the filter.  When all coffee is drained, pull the siphon apart and pour the vacuum pot coffee in a cup.

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Cafe de Laos in Luang Prabang © World Travel Connector

SIPHON COFFEE TASTE

Vacuum Siphon Coffee is smooth, full-bodied, crisp, clean and rich in flavor coffee thanks to the sophisticated coffee making method.

Types of coffee brewing: Taste of coffee differs with coffee brewing methods. In other words, different coffee-making methods lead to different tastes of coffee.

Siphon Coffee Taste vs Turkish Coffee

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Turkish coffee is strong black coffee, very thick with sharp flavor. Turkish coffee uses boiling as the coffee brewing method. Coffee powder and water are cooked in a coffee pot until boiling and until the foam is made. Turkish coffee is a ‘muddy’ coffee with lots of coffee sediment and very heavy. Unlike Turkish Coffee, coffee syphon is clear and smooth coffee.

Siphon Coffee vs French Press  

French press is full-bodied coffee with coffee sediment and oily body. French press uses the brewing method via steeping as the coffee making method, the same as sifon coffee pot. But, unlike the French press, vacuum pot uses additionally low-pressure extraction making a clear coffee with no coffee sediment.

Syphon Coffee vs Espresso Coffee 

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Espresso coffee is a very concentrated coffee with lots of coffee oils and coffee sediment. Espresso is made by using pressure as the coffee brewing method.

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Siphon Filter Coffee vs Vietnamese Coffee 

Vietnamese drip coffee should be on any list of most popular Vietnamese food and Vietnamese drinks
Drip coffee with ice in Vietnam © World Travel Connector

Vietnamese coffee is a smooth and strong coffee. Vietnamese coffee is made by using dripping via a drip filter called ‘Phin’ as the coffee making method. Traditional Vietnamese coffee in Vietnam is bitter and therefore is usually sweetened with condensed sweet milk.

MAYBE YOU ALSO WOULD LIKE TO READ: Where to Have the Best Vietnamese Coffee in Vietnam

SHORT HISTORY OF VACUUM POT COFFEE

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In the end, let me conclude this story with a short history of vacuum coffee brewer.

First coffee brewing methods included boiling the coffee with water and then optionally filtering the coffee grounds which resulted in too bitter coffee. In the 19th century emerged an idea that boiling coffee kills the taste of coffee and therefore coffee should not be boiled.

First vacuum coffee pot was invented by a German man called Loeff in 1830. But the first commercially successful siphon coffee brewer called the French Ballon was designed and patented in 1841 by Madame Vassieux of Lyons. Her invention took the coffee brewing out of the kitchen into the dining room and served for entertaining guests.

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Siphon coffee © World Travel Connector

Soon the idea of vacuum coffee has spread around the world and simultaneously new advanced vacuum coffee makers were invented in different parts of the World. In the 1850s Parisians enjoyed sipping coffee prepared in so-called Balancing Siphon. At the same time, London indulged in a similar invention made by Scottish inventor James Napier, while new versions of the Balancing Siphon coffee maker occurred in the U.S., Prussia, Russia …

Today many trendy coffee bars around the World offer siphon brewed coffee. Drinking coffee made in vacuum pot coffee maker is not only about enjoying the siphon coffee taste but more about the sensory experience of watching the process of making coffee, entertaining and socializing.

If you want to treat your guests and yourself with siphon coffee, click here to check out some amazing vacuum coffee makers on Amazon.com.”>

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Have you ever tried siphone coffee? Do you like the taste of siphoned coffee? Do you like the looks of 19th century coffee maker? Would you like to entertain your guests with a chemistry coffee maker? In any case, no one can deny that a coffee chemistry set is a cool device!

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12 comments

  1. Aah this looks so good! I am a sucker for coffee and I wish i had known about siphon coffee earlier. I was in Luang Prabang less than a year ago and though i loved the brews there, I wish i know this one to try. Hopefully next time 🙂

  2. A great article for coffee lovers. When I roasted coffee in Maine we used to “cup” our roasts and small batches of blends we were working on, then we’d siphon brew them and compare the taste profiles.

    I always have preferred a light or medium roast over dark roasts, which seem to be the default style these days. I find dark roasts to mask some of the best flavor profiles a particular bean may have – roasting it too long kills those qualities. Most people are after the taste of the roast, rather than the subtleties of the bean, which are a bit more with a medium roast and which can be enhanced even further by the siphon method.

    It was great reading your article! By the way, I’d rather drink siphon coffee in Laos than in some coffee lab in Maine!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. And above all, thank you for your lovely comment, Fiona! I truly enjoyed reading about your coffee making and your coffee preferences. I am so glad to meet another fellow coffee enthusiast!

      I wish you to have a cup of perfect Siphon coffee in Laos soon!

    1. Hey Carol,

      you can find good Siphon coffee makers at Amazon.com

      You have just given me an idea to update my article with some suggestions. As soon as I find some time I will update it.

  3. I am a chemistry nerd and coffee nerd so you got me with this one. Wow – how cool. I want to try a cup now! It’s amazing how much of the brewing process affects the oils and sediments in coffee. I’m still trying to understand why Starbucks thinks it’s ok to burn their beans.

  4. I’ve never heard of SIPHON COFFEE and now I want to try it! I love how scientific it looks, but most of all I want to try it if it’s the best way to indulge in coffee. I wonder if I can try this somewhere in my area….I’m going to have to look around and see if anyone one does this here in Cali 🙂

  5. I am a total coffee lover but oddly not an expert (due to the fact I enjoy coffee so much). I have never heard of siphon coffee and will now definitely be on the lookout for it. Hmm.. a full-bodied, crisp siphon coffee in Luang Prang. I’m in. But before I get to Luang Prabang, I might have to check out some trendy coffee shops and see if they make their coffee this way!

  6. I have never tried siphon coffee, but from what you have described, I think I would like it. I like strong coffee, but not bitter and I especially dislke the powdery sediment you sometimes get in filter coffee. I am going to search some out to try, but am hoping I dont have to travel to Laos!Actually, I can see you can buy the kit on Amazon – or I am sure we have an old chemistry set somewhere!An interesting article. Thank you.

  7. I am not a coffee drinker, but I enjoyed reading how this Siphon Coffee was made and how it started its nice to hear the history of it. I’ll surely remember this and might go back in your page when we’re ready to go to Vietnam. My hubby is a sucker of coffee and can’t start his day without drinking one. Thanks for sharing.

  8. So many ways to drink coffee, so little time. 😉 I like Siphon Coffee, but it is not my favorite. A cup of coffee using beans from Ethiopia and brewed with my Italian Bialetti … heaven sent.

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