Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I have been going through some changes in work hours, which has led to the “Devil’s Brew” becoming my vice of choice for the past couple of weeks. There is much to be said for modern conveniences regarding coffee brewing (the simplicity of pushing a button and having coffee ready within a few minutes is priceless), it brought me back to the concept of Siphon brewers. Even though I had touched upon the topic back in February, as a coffee lover, I would argue the topic easily merits a second visit!
The potential issue is a classic “form versus funciton” – the desire to have a beautiful, Steampunk inspired coffee maker to brew an outstanding cup of coffee versus getting the delectable caffeine to start the day. On the high end (as pictured above), one can obtain a “Royal Coffee Maker” for a small bit of change, or at the other end of the spectrum, one can find a Siphon coffee maker for about, $30 USD, though it frankly has none of the charm as one of the gems above.
The contentiousness regarding how to brew the “perfect” pot of Siphon coffee among coffee enthusiasts is a polarizing as whether Starbucks products have a burnt aftertaste (I would argue a resounding yes on that, personally). Case in point – just read the comments on the above YouTube production. Still, being able to do so is a pleasurable travail, having to brew pot after pot of coffee, just to get the right brew!