The Siphon Bar Pours a $20,000 Cup of Coffee

Illustration for article titled The Siphon Bar Pours a $20,000 Cup of Coffee

No, it's not a steampunk chemistry set. That picture is of the United States' only halogen-powered siphon bar. Imported from Japan after years of negotiations, the $20,000+ machine is housed at San Francisco's Blue Bottle Café. Each "pot" consists of two globes. Water vapor evaporates from the bottom globe into the higher globe to meet the grounds. The coffee is then stirred with a bamboo paddle, removed from the heat and siphoned back to the lower globe (minus grounds). It sounds delicious...and totally worth whatever it costs per cup. Hit the NYT for the full mad scientist process in photos. [nyt via bornrich]

DISCUSSION

i haven't had coffee in nearly a year (used to work at starbux... got REAL tired of it (no matter how much i love coffee!).

this looks pretty rad. i'm sure it would be excellent.

anyone ever hear about the "amazing coffee" made out of guano? (bat poop). i'm not sure exactly what state they were selling it in, but i guess fertilizer extracted better flavor in the coffee bean. not sure if i'd try that one!