TONY explainer: Brewing methods
We've broken down even the geekiest brew methods and shared the best spots to sample each technique.
Tue Dec 7 2010
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
What it is: The alchemical siphon pot—an intimidating instrument composed of glass tubes and chambers—is something of an enigma, even to the city's most experienced baristas. Using it properly is akin to conducting a lab experiment: Water is heated in the bottom bulb until vapor forces it through a tube to the top chamber, where it is gently stirred with ground coffee beans. When the heat source is removed and the vapor cools, a vacuum forms and the coffee filters back down. The delicate process can go awry by any number of factors, but when everything goes right, the mercurial siphon produces unforgettable java with incredible clarity and flavor.
Where to try it: Stumptown Red Hook, 219 Van Brunt St at Commerce St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (stumptowncoffee.com)