A decorative machine that makes the best-tasting coffee you've ever had!
Positive Product Points
- Looks great - Makes delicious coffee - Easy to use - Fun to use
Negative Product Points
- Wicks don't last long - Takes time to clean - Delicate (not very portable) - Burner isn't great - Takes a while to make coffee
My wife bought me this syphon coffee maker after trying it for the first time at a coffee shop while vacationing. The coffee from this unit is amazing. In fact, I haven't had better-tasting coffee! Because it takes such a long time to boil up the water to make a few cups of coffee, I only use this machine on the weekends when I have time to make some amazing coffee. You have to be careful not to over fill with coffee grounds or you'll have some extremely strong coffee. Also use fresh coffee and grind your beans seconds before using for the best results.
I mainly only use the reusable metal filter which results in some fine grounds on the bottom of the cup. I've tried using the disposable cloth filters (after losing the metal filter) but didn't notice much difference in the taste of coffee nor did it reduce the amount of grounds much on the bottom of the cup. I'm happy that the metal filter is reusable & fairly easy to clean. The other components need to be scrubbed in order to properly clean in between use.
It's also fun to make coffee in this syphon in front of family & friends who are amazed by the process & even more amazed by the taste! This model makes enough coffee for 2 people or for 1 person to enjoy a very large cup of coffee. When not in use, the unit makes a nice decorative piece in the dining room.
The only negative thing I have to say about the Hario syphon coffee maker is that the burner isn't the best. You have to carefully pour methyl hydrate (or a similar fuel) into the narrow opening in the burner after every second use or so (depending on how often you use it) & the wick doesn't last long. The water also takes quite a long time to heat up. I'm in the process of looking for a different heating option that is more efficient and doesn't require frequent wick replacement.
I received as a gift from my wife who purchased it from Kicking Horse Coffee while vacationing in Invermere, British Columbia.