Test Drive Test Drive Yama Silverton Brewer

The Yama Silverton is a lesser-known coffee maker with a variety of capabilities.

BY KATRINA YENTCH

BARISTA Magazine ONLINE


Photos by Katrina Yentch

The Yama team Yama located in Taiwan is known for their high-quality glassware made from borosilicate. A lot of cafe-hoppers in Asia are also familiar with Yama’s cold drip towers and siphons. They are iconic and stunning pieces of art that display the chemistry of coffee making. Have you heard of Yama’s Silverton Brewer? Yama Silverton Brewer?

The Silverton has been around for some time in the past, and is considered to be a bit of an underdog in comparison to the brewers mentioned above. I’ve only seen it in a cafe setting and even then, it was not the beer maker of that business. However, its undoubtedly attractive appeal and similar design influenced by chemistry attracted my attention and I was eager to test the product, which seemed to have more than just a pourover cone.

The packaging and the materials used for the Yama Silverton feel very personal to me.

What is the significance of Yama Silverton?

Yama’s Silverton Brewer is kind of an automatic coffee maker that has the capability of producing cold brews teas, pourovers and pourovers and the most distinct an immersion brew. The primary components of the device comprise the base of a wooden plaque, that has a brass handle that is connected to an insulated glass pourover cone (it also comes in black and has an silver handle) and, perhaps the most important thing is an open-close valve feature. This valve lets the cone serve as an immersion pourover or brewer. Other pieces that are included include the filter made of steel and a small circular ceramic filter and a carafe with a very narrow opening designed to fit the Yama.

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Although there weren’t many pieces to make the Yama Silverton, the process itself isn’t 100% intuitive.

First Thoughts

My first impression of Yama Silverton was that it was certainly well-constructed. The borosilicate glass used for both the cone and the carafe felt very solid and sturdy, as did the wooden base and brass pieces. With a price of $120 USD, I consider it to be reasonably priced considering the high-quality products you’re getting.

My second impression was that it was not the most easy gadget to put together. Unfortunately, I’m one of those who require directions for assembling any furniture item, and the Yama Silverton came with any instructions to assemble or brewing with the device. Perhaps the reason for this is that it’s combined brewer? Or, whatever the reason I was confused at first, but I later discovered the fact that Espresso Parts had some PDFs on how to make use of Yama Silverton. Yama Silverton on their product page.

The valve’s attachment at the cone’s bottom allows this brewer as both a pourover brewer and an immersion brewer.

Another oddity I discovered in this brewer was that it doesn’t work with that many scales that have the carafe on the top. So, you must put the whole the brewer on top of the scale, which could be somewhat risky dependent on the model of scale you own.

Brewing using the Yama Silverton

When it came to making coffee using the Yama Silverton I decided to give it a first experience with brewing using an immersion method considering that it would be the most fascinating as I use this method to brew the most.

After adding 50 grams and the 900 grams of water (a suggested ratio of 1:18) the mixture had to wait for around three minutes prior to dispensing. The brewing process was quite easy and, naturally, with less errors due to the ease of brewing using an immersion method. When the time was up all I had to do was to open the valve and allow the coffee to flow into the carafe.

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You have to put the whole brewer on top of a scale to weigh your output.

As far as the flavor is concerned, it definitely seemed heavier-bodied, which is what the majority of coffees with filters made of metal do. I’d probably consider a more robust roast to accommodate this next time. Also, stay clear of light-roast single origin coffees unless they was a pourover.

Cleaning can take a while

Although the Yama Silverton was incredibly simple to use to brew coffee but cleaning it certainly not a pleasant experience. Due to its narrow-shaped carafe I found it difficult to wash the machine without running it in the dishwasher and also the glass cone gets coffee grease stuck on it quickly. Because it’s screwed to the handle, you’ll need take it off to remove the handle and clean it. This is why the Silverton might be more efficient in a cafe setting in which you’re brewing several coffees at a time and washing with hot water between each use. Otherwise, the grease could stay on the cone for a while and become harder to remove, or you’ll need be sure to wash the cone and the metal filter using hot water once you’re done with brewing.

Four Options – Which Should You Pick?

Overall I believe that the Silverton is best used as a pourover technique using the use of a paper filter. But I personally would use the Silverton as an brewer for tea most of the time. This is due to the fact that most teas only steep for a certain duration, and the distance between the carafe and cone makes it a simple process to separate the tea leaves from the water. But, with traditional teapots or infusers you’re usually required to take the leaves out to avoid over-extraction. You also need to find an area to keep the wet leaves when you’re sipping your tea.

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Maybe I’m lazy in putting cleanliness first as a determining factor in the I choose which coffee (and tea) products I choose to purchase. But, since American coffee is usually an in-the-move type of thing I am always thinking about ways to get the best tasting brew in the shortest amount of time!

Overall I believe that manual-brewing enthusiasts who love their shelves filled with coffee machines will be enthralled by the Yama Silverton. It’s a multi-purpose coffee brewer that’s well-made , and offers lots of visual appeal for home brewing stations.

This article was first published at Barista Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to baristas and coffee professionals.

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