[REVIEW NOTES: We used and brewed a KitchenAid KCM0812OB Siphon Coffee Brewer, Onyx Black for this review.]
With the release of the KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer, an old and beautiful tradition is revived with a clever, high-tech solution for siphon coffee brewing.
This is not your great-grandfather’s siphon coffee brewer and we can thank the coffee-loving gods at KitchenAid for that.
We are big fans of the KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer and have included it in our annual Best Coffee Makers of 2019 Guide. It’s a compilation of all the reviews and intelligence we’ve gathered on coffee makers this year.
If you love coffee and just the sound of siphon coffee making gets you excited then we urge you to buy it right now. We’ll wait.
It’s been a long time since siphon coffee brewing was popular in the United States. In fact, the origins of the Siphon coffee brewing technique dates back to the 1830s.
The primary reason siphon coffee makers (or vacuum coffee makers) are not that popular these days is it can get very complicated, very fast.
KitchenAid developed multiple unique innovations for their new siphon coffee maker. It’s a blend of science and art.
Top Features of The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Maker
The ability to brew siphon coffee at home is the single greatest innovation the new KitchenAid product delivers.
Plus, it’s relatively affordable and brings the lost art of siphon coffee making into a modern place in our lives. It is a small revolution for coffee lovers.
Design And Build
The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Maker is an attractively odd-looking creation.
It immediately strikes you that this isn’t your run of the mill coffee maker. Aesthetically, this is a lovely looking machine.
With an exciting theatrical beauty, the KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer combines the precision of early full-immersion vacuum brewing with a simplified automation designed for home use and casual coffee lovers.
On a more practical note, it can easily brew 2-8 cups of complex and velvety coffee.
The brew unit is the top, globe, half of the product is the brewing area and the base functions as a water reservoir. The two are separated by a mesh filter which lets water pass through unimpeded but prevents coffee grounds from spoiling your cup.
It’s well made but it’s a bit of a heavy beast and weighs nearly 3lbs though some of this is explained by the large pitcher which holds up to 8 cups.
You’ll find that the adapter including in the carafe also contains a heating element which keeps the coffee at the right temperature until you drink it.
Why Is This One Of Our Favorite Coffee Makers?
The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer is not cheap.
In fact, at nearly $150, it’s a pretty expensive machine but the coffee it makes is truly unique. We totally think it’s worth it. So, if you love coffee and you love the sound of this siphon coffee brewer then go ahead and buy it. We’ll wait, we’re patient.
There’s far more depth to siphon brewed coffee than any other process that we’ve used and for that reason, we think it’s awesome.
Ease Of Use
Don’t expect to be making siphon brewed coffee in seconds. This takes a bit of time but it’s SO worth it.
There is some practice and patience required to master the art even when KitchenAid’s clever design is doing much of the work for you.
You start by setting up the brewing globe in the stand and attach the siphon tube once it’s in place. Use the manufacturer’s chart to decide on the coffee you want to make – you need medium coarse grounds and a weighing scale to get this right.
Add the coffee filter before you add the coffee and lock it in place (by twisting), then add the rounds. Then fill the carafe and put that in place too.
Finally, put the lid on and flick the machine on and sit back and enjoy the machine at work.
It’s not a fast process and takes about 8 minutes to complete.
Cleaning And Maintenance
It’s not that easy to use and thus, it’s not that easy to clean.
You have to handwash all the parts – you cannot put any of the glassware in the dishwasher, well you could if you wanted to be the proud owner of broken glass, but we wouldn’t advise it.
Unfortunately, coffee grounds can get stuck to the glass of the brewing globe and they’re really hard to shift without constant rinsing out with water – do this over a garbage disposal unless you want to clog the sink.
KitchenAid Appliance Registration
Don’t forget to register your new KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer. Head over to the Quick Start section of the KitchenAid website to get started with the new appliance registration process.
Once registered, you’ll have access to a wealth of content that will help you optimize the performance of your new appliance.
There’s tons of video tutorials, care guides and recipes as well. It’s well worth the time to protect and care for your siphon brewer.
Final Thoughts On The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer
This is an absolutely brilliant product that we’ve fallen in love with, but we acknowledge it’s not for everyone.
You won’t use the KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Maker everyday and when you do, it’s going to require some work.
The payoff, however, is in the coffee it makes.
There’s no better or more consistent way to make your coffee. We recommend it highly.
I pull it out every second Sunday or so and it’s usually when we have guests. It’s a great conversation starter: not that coffee lovers need motivation to speak about their love of coffee.