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KitchenAid Siphon Brewer gives delicious coffee a learning curveThe new $250 KitchenAid Siphon Brewer makes fantastically tasty coffee using vacuum and vapor pressure, but is tricky to operate and clean.
[MUSIC] Hey guys. This is Brian Bennet for CNET appliances. And right now, we're taking an up-close look at the brand new KitchenAid Siphon Brewer Coffee maker. So, this machine definitely looks different from the standard drip machines that you're gonna see at the store. If you look at it, it looks like some sort of cross between a gum ball machine and Maybe some high-tech or even nineteenth century lab equipment. It uses vapor pressure from the water that it boils and essentially will use it to force it up into the brewing chamber. Essentially, you get a lot of the flavors and complex aromas that will otherwise get lost when you use conventional drip machines Machine. One thing I have to say though is that this brewer and siphon brewing in general does tend to have a more cloudy texture to the coffee its not clear its not as smooth or silky but its really a delicious cup of coffee. You could definitely get a manual siphon brewer And for not that much money. But this is one of the few that actually can just plug right into your wall. And you just flip a switch, and boom, you've got your siphon brew in about five or six minutes. While I definitely think the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer is a handsome product, it's a little awkward to operate. You have to Basically, make sure you have a nice seal so that the vacuum pressure will actually happen. There's also the issue of cleanup, you have to basically wash every part of this by hand. It becomes a drag, you have to actually clean out all the grounds and even put the main brewing chamber in Water and submerge it because it might actually, you know, crack the glass. And that's something you definitely don't want to do with it. Despite all its complicated cleanup, I have to say siphon brewing, especially the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer, has this really wild way of brewing coffee when you actually look at it. It's really violent, it exciting, you see all the steam or the vapor come up and just push into the chamber and then there's a lot of bubbling going on and then right after that it just cascades down in one fell swoop. It's really something to see. So if you want to get your hands on the KitchenAid siphon brewer You're gonna have to wait until July when the machine is going to be sold in Williams-Sonoma stores exclusively. After that it will be offered more widely in August, so. Hopefully you'll be able to scoop this one up for $250. For more, check out my full review of this product as well as others at CNet.com, I'm Brian Bennett for CNet appliances.