It's no secret we love siphons at CoffeeGeek, and while the typical Hario models range $100 or more for the standalone versions, Yama out of Taiwan does faithful reproductions of 19th century siphon designs with modern glass and parts for a lot less.
This is a 5 cup model, complete with ornate stand, glass and metal alcohol burner with a cloth wick, cloth filter system, and of course, the heat safe glass bottom and top.
Using the cloth wick will take a while to heat up water, so it's always more convenient just to start up the unit with boiling water from a kettle. But sometimes I like to go all "non electric" with these units. Once dinner is almost done, fill with water, bring it to the table, place the cloth wick burner, and let it do its job. I hand grind coffee in a Porlex grinder, and when the water starts to rise, I add the coffee. The process takes about 15 or 20 minutes, but is entirely satisfying.
If the CoffeeGeek in your life doesn't have one of these, get them one for Christmas!
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