Believe it or not, this style of coffee maker has been around since the 1830s and has recently regained popularity in many parts of the world.
Coffee Essentials Royal Balance Siphon Main Features:
- Boiling water gets pushed through the metal pipet, by the time the water reaches the grounds, it has cooled down a few degrees.
- The result: Coffee and water meet at the perfect temperature to extract the oils and flavours, but not so hot as to impart “scorched” taste.
- The beauty of this process is that the extended contact between coffee with water at exactly the right brewing temperature, the temperature is maintained throughout the process. Then the coffee is immediately separated from the grounds.
- The system traps the delicate aroma and flavours in the closed canister to produce a coffee unlike any you’ve ever tasted. The bitter grounds stay in the glass carafe by way of a gold filter at the end of the overflow pipe.
- There are no paper filters to impart a slightly papery taste, or even worse, to take up the aromatic oils that give the different coffees their unique flavour.
- The coffee from a siphon can best be described as “crystal clear”, with high purity of flavour and aroma and no bitterness added by the brewing process.
- Any faults in the coffee flavour will also show up, so siphon users tend to gravitate to the best beans they can find. No other brewer can give the same purity of character and lack of bitterness due to the precise temperature control, since the coffee brews about 2 degrees Celsius below boiling point, without ever actually boiling.
The Coffee Essentials Royal Balance is a beautiful siphon. Not only does it make superbly brewed coffee, but it is also a journey into science and a visual spectacle. The design of this coffee maker dates back to the 1830s.
How it works:
- The siphon works using gravity and vacuum principles: first, you place ground coffee in the heavy glass brew chamber.
- Next, you fill the boiler chamber with hot water and place it on the apparatus. A tube connects these two chambers.
- When full of water, the boiler sits low on the swing frame and holds the lid open on the alcohol wick burner.
- When the water starts to boil it is forced into the brewing chamber- at this point the boiler raises, and the lid of the burner closes extinguishing the flame.
- A vacuum is created in the boiler, and the brewed coffee from the brewing chamber is now miraculously drawn back into the boiler from where it can be served from the little tap.
- The tube that connects the chamber has a super fine washable mesh filter that never needs replacing. The entire process is quite a visual spectacle, easily brew your coffee while you entertain at the dinner table.
This siphon is a modern reproduction of a 19th-century design from Europe. It is very well made: the metalwork and glass chamber are top quality.