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Learn how to brew syphon coffee

The Syphon uses principles of expansion and contraction of water vapour to brew an infusion style coffee, filtering the grounds efficiently. Through this coffee brewing process the end result is a delicate almost tea like flavour.  

Syphon coffee is a unique style of brewing with one of the most distinct flavour profiles, bringing forth coffee that is totally its own. You have complete control over the water temperature and brew time, allowing you to influence the flavour of the coffee to your liking. 

A syphon brewing device is comprised of a bottom and top chamber. The bottom chamber is where the water sits, whereas the top chamber has a filter for coffee to be added.

If you are searching for a light flavour of brewed coffee with a clean refreshing taste, syphon coffee is the ultimate go-to.

Follow the below steps to learn how to brew syphon coffee at home. 


  • Syphon
  • Burner
  • Freshly ground coffee (5.7 grind rating). We recommend our Private Blend and Espresso Blend for syphon coffee. 

    Or try our new Sample Pack which contains 4 x 250g of our favourite coffees.

    If you don't have a grinder at home, we can grind your coffee to this rating instore or onlineLearn more about the different grind ratings here
  • Spoon

Step 1

Fit the filter to your top glass by dropping it in, pulling the beaded metal cord down and through the pipe and fixing it in place with the metal hook.

Step 2

Fill the bottom glass with water to the desired cup level. We use pre-heated, filtered water which is just off the boil to speed things along.

Step 3

Sit the top glass into the bottom glass and position the Syphon over the burner.

Step 4

Watch the water begin to bubble. Fit the top glass so that it is sealed to the bottom glass. This vacuum will cause the water to travel up the pipe into the top glass as it heats. When most of the water has transferred upwards, add your ground coffee and stir to fully saturate the grounds.

Step 5

Reduce the heat and stir; your brew should stay in the top glass.

Step 6

Remove the burner. Without a heat source, the water will filter back down into the bottom glass. Pour your coffee straight from the bottom glass.

Remember, when making coffee at home:

  • Fresh is best when it comes to coffee – we recommend buying your coffee in smaller quantities, more frequently. Whole beans tend to go stale after about six weeks and this process is quicker for ground coffee. 
  • We custom-grind for all brewing methods – just tell our staff how you make your coffee at home, or select your brewing method when you order online
  • Use filtered water where possible.
  • A Merlo subscription is an easy way to make sure you never run out of coffee again. Save time and receive bonus beans with every 6th order, plus easily cancel, update and manage your subscription at any time.

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