Yama Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon (Syphon) (Alcohol Burner)
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- This stylish siphon has a base with a beautiful look for any home or office
- Made of heat resistant borosilicate glass
- 20-Ounce capacity
- Inludes a soot free denatured alcohol burner
- Recommended by coffee Geek for making a smooth, delicious cup of coffee
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On the topic of burner; I had read quite a bit about the slowness of the alcohol burner but this really hasn't been too much of an issue for me. I heat my water in an electric water kettle before putting it in the siphon and it is back up to a boil in a very short time with the alcohol burner. I could see this being an issue if you didn't preheat the water or were using a larger pot.
So far I'm very pleased with my purchase and would consider using this company and supplier in the future.
It may take some trial and error at first, but the high quality of the resulting brew more than rewards your persistence in getting your technique just right.
The Yama TCA-3 was the second coffee siphon I purchased.
The first was a Hario Nouveau 5-cup model. While the build and glass quality of the Yama can't hold a candle to those of the Hario, that was to be expected, as the Yama is about half the price. More importantly, the Yama does make a great cup of coffee.
From a tactile standpoint, the Hario feels better in the hand and seems more solid; the Hario Nouveau's rubber seal between the top and bottom globes is of much higher quality.
Why didn't I buy another Hario, then? Hario has stopped importing them into the U.S. While they can be found occasionally on eBay or bought from vendors in Canada, the availability of parts is a potential concern.
The Yama, at its much lower pricepoint, is a perfectly adequate entry-level vacuum brewer and a reliable "daily driver" coffeemaker.
As such, I definitely recommend it for someone on a budget, or someone who wants to try vacuum brewing for the first time but is reluctant to spend over a hundred dollars on a Hario (or significantly more than that on a Cona).
Don't be surprised if the bamboo stir stick described in the ad doesn't arrive with the brewer: there was no sign of it in my package.
On a side note, if you find you enjoy vacuum brewing, I would highly recommend getting a butane burner to replace the included alcohol burner: the butane flame burns cleaner and hotter.
This particular siphon design is elegant and functional, with plenty of room for a large pot of coffee without boiling over. The tall upper pot makes brewing coffee seem especially magical as you get to watch an entire pot of coffee brew while suspended in the upper pot, seemingly by nothing!
From a practical perspective, the coffee siphon is useful since it makes brewing temperature management relatively easy. Coffee is sensitive and brews best between 195-205 F, and the coffee siphon makes it easy to keep this temperature by holding the brewing coffee safely away from a direct source of heat. It may be bubble, but it won't boil!
Five stars for a beautiful, functional and classic coffee maker.
Fast-forward to the present. I am a budding home-roaster and coffee aficionado, and having asked around for the best way to get the most flavor out my roasts for smallish quantities (alas, my spouse does not drink coffee), was told a siphon was the way to go. Memories re-surfaced, and I found this beauty on Amazon, and was hooked!
The subtleties of good or great coffee are revealed with this brewer! Don't expect miracles, mediocre coffee still tastes so-so, but the bitterness and acidity of all coffees are toned-down somewhat.
Now, the negative is that it takes a good while to make coffee in the Yama. Even preheating the water in a microwave and using a butane burner, it's not speedy!
And then there's the "it's all glass" factor. Though sturdy tempered glass, the odd shapes make it vulnerable in the sink or drainboard.
Suggestions: I did buy a butane burner, but cost and trouble regulating the flame moved me back to the alcohol burner, BUT, with 90+% denatured, not isopropyl, alcohol. You can get it at hardware stores as paint remover, and a quart can, about $5, will last a long time!
Next up, a larger siphon for when I have friends over!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really cool coffee maker, but they should throw the steel filter in for the price. The base is a little cheep, but it works, and is really cool to look at.Published 12 days ago by x0054
Very fun....our dinner guests enjoy watching it after supper.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice party trick, it probably doesn't get as much use as a coffee maker which is easier to use. The coffee is great though, and it is a cool process.Published 9 months ago by Byron Rem
Didn't come with a filter or spring attachment for it. Jus bought separate. Too hard to send the whole thing back for one little but much needed part. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kevin