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Using Kitchenaid's Siphon Brewer is deliciously fun but takes work (pictures)

Priced at $250 the Kitchenaid Siphon Brewer uses vapor pressure to makes intensely flavorful pots of coffee with dramatic flair; just be prepared to clean up afterward.

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Not an ordinary drip

The Siphon Brewer has two main parts, a brew unit up top and carafe below.

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Keep it connected

Even though it's magnetic, it takes some fiddling to attach both parts of the Siphon Brewer together.

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This base is electric

The Siphon Brewer's circular base mates with the carafe to power its electric heater.

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Carafe and electric kettle

The bottom of the carafe is actually an electric heater.

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Filter under glass

A metal filter separates the brew unit from the carafe.

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Take a stand for caution

Balance the brew unit within its special stand when not in use.

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Fill 'er up

Add your fresh coffee grounds (medium coarse) into the brew unit.

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Watch the water rise

As the bottom carafe heats up, steam pressure slowly pushes water up into the brew unit and coffee grounds.

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Brew baby brew

Once the water in the carafe reaches the boiling point, it rushes dramatically into the brew unit and bubbles with great vigor.

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Cascade through the filter

After the bottom of the machine cools, the liquid coffee is sucked back down into the carafe in one fell swoop.

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A fresh pot of rich joe

With the freshly brewed coffee solution now sitting in the carafe, only the spent grounds remain up top.

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Pour, drink, repeat

Pour your self a cup of this heady, deeply flavorful java. It's quite a different animal from standard drip coffee.

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