avraptorhal Senior Member Joined: 20 Mar 2014 Posts: 9 Location: USA Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 11:35am Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker
I hate to feel like a dinosaur but when we first set up housekeeping the coffee lovers brewing method of choice was the glass Silex brewer. We used it until it got broken. It had the original glass rod filter. I remember watching it brew and wondering how the filter worked. I finally realized that the bumpy surface of the bulge in the middle of the filter was designed to selectively allow water (coffee) to return to the bottom container while holding back the grounds. After the glass one broke we got an aluminum siphon brewer. Actually the siphon brewer and the percolator were the only two ways to brew coffee available to the average homemaker at that time (1950's). Then the Corning percolator came along until the safety concern about the adhesion of the handle to the rest of the pot killed it.
Then the automatic drip brewer exploded on to the scene and both the siphon (Actually the siphon was called the Silex by everybody) and the percolator declined. The percolator was relegated to the camper and backpacker as it is being used today.
It must be understood that there was no Internet, I'm not even sure anybody knew what a computer was. It was still before the handheld calculator so word of mouth or newspaper, magazines and radio were the only ways to spread information on life style considerations.
Just goes to prove everything old becomes new again.
Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 2:29pm Subject: Re: Using a Siphon Coffee Maker
Yup - everything comes round again as you say.
Now that art deco items have become so expensive, Mid Century Modern is the in thing, so stuff like percolators and syphon brewers from the 50's and 60's are right in there to match with the Eames and Arne Jacobsen furniture and re-published retro designs of the same era.
Personal favourites are the Cona Rex models (difficult to get hold of now, but I've managed to scalp a few) and the fabulous Glass percolator from Procter Silex that has the lights underneath - 1950's equivalent of the LED's you find in almost everything these days.
I think you'll find that the brewing method of choice for many coffee lovers remains a glass syphon - and the others probably haven't tried it yet.
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