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Siphon Coffee Brewer - Onyx Black

Model # KCM0812OB

 4.4 out of 5 (64 Reviews)

Regular Price $249.99

Our Price $199.99

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The KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer delivers the theatrical beauty and precision of traditional full immersion vacuum brewing, yet simplified for the home through automated technology. Easily brew 2-8 cups of a complex and velvety cup of coffee.


  • Automated Full Immersion Siphon Brewing
  • Brew Unit Stand
  • Premium Glass Construction
  • Magnetic Locking Seal
  • Easy to Clean
  • Model KCM0812 includes
Capacity 1.18 Liters
Automatic Shut-Off Yes
Brew System Control No
Brew Timer and Clock No
Clean Touch Control Pad No
Cleaning Indicator Light No
End of Brew/Max Fill Tone No
Full Dispersion Shower Head No
Pause and Pour Feature No
Programmable Brew Timer No
Quiet Finish Brewing No
Time Since Brew Display No
Water Reservoir Yes
Dimensions & Weight
Weight 9
Depth 8 3/4
Height 14 1/4
Width 6 3/4

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out of 5 (64 Reviews)

92% of reviewers recommend this product.


Submitted by FCJHNewYork - 9/29/2017

For a perfect pot of coffee!!!!!

Yes, I recommend this product

Best results of any coffee-making method I've ever used

Submitted by vizBarry - 9/7/2017

At first I was disappointed, but then found that the coffee's bitterness was reduced and the flavor improved with each use. I feel that it is worth the premium price. Be sure that the filter is properly inserted, that the upper carafe is seated securely on the lower, and that the top is also placed securely.

Yes, I recommend this product

Makes the Best coffee ever

Submitted by New Coffee Drinker - 7/8/2017

I never really liked coffee but married a coffee drinker. This maker has made me a convert. I like the coffee this maker makes. Not sure what it does but whether we load plain old coffee or fancy coffee it makes a cup I like. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 is the cleaning. But worth it. Don't think I will ever own another coffee maker.

Yes, I recommend this product

Wonderful taste!

Submitted by Pavelito - 6/10/2017

We brew 100% Colombian coffee at home and we wanted to do it in a manner that we could get the best taste out of the richest coffee in the world so we bought the best siphon brewer in the market and now we can enjoy the real quality of our Colombian coffee.

Yes, I recommend this product

Makes Great Coffee

Submitted by stanbob - 2/21/2017

Excellent Siphon design. Great looks and makes a clean cup of coffee. Only real complaint is it's a pain to clean. Coffee grinds are not easy to remove and the lip on the carafe causes water to be retained unless completed inverted. Still an lovely siphon that's strong and reliable. Simple to use.

Yes, I recommend this product

Decent machine but there are reservations

Submitted by alectron - 2/17/2017

Having used nearly all coffee makers in an effort to get the best strong brew, and not wanting to have to store butane for my manual syphon, I bought this machine. It has one glaring deficiency. You cannot control the immersion time on this machine to get a really rich cup. With Syphons this is paramount. I have seen a few workarounds that others have tried, but it would be a simple matter to engineer a timer in to the machine. The only alternative is to use more coffee and it is very wasteful if you buy premium coffees from a roaster. For my morning mug I have to use 32 grams, although it does help if you stir the coffee as it enters the upper chamber. So Kitchen Aid, how bout it? Give us some control of the brew, because you have made a decent start. Also you really have to have a really good helical grinder to make the best brew.

No, I do not recommend this product

Makes coffee just as I remembered

Submitted by Tony L - 1/29/2017

When I was in graduate school, in the late 1960's, my professor introduced us to the wonders of making coffee in a Silex vacuum coffee maker. It was the best coffee I ever had. Fast forward to 2016 and the Kitchenaid siphon coffee maker. My son gave me this coffee maker for Christmas after hearing, for years, my raving about the coffee I had from the Silex maker. I can tell you, I was not disappointed. Not only did this coffee maker bring back fond memories but aslo madeone helluva cup of coffee. If you love coffee made from freshly ground beans, this is the machine for you. It's easy to use, easy to clean and produces perfect results.

Yes, I recommend this product

Sleek update to vintage coffee pot

Submitted by Carol - 1/20/2017

This coffee brewer is beautiful. Even if I did't use it to brew coffee I would leave it out on the counter. It is like stove top pots used in the 50's and early 60's - you had to be an engineer to set them off the heat at just the right time. However, Kitchenaid has solved that problem; you just flip a switch and wait. I use the metal filter which is very easy to use. As for clean up it does take a few minutes because the grounds are swirled in the upper globe; they are easily dumped out and then pot and filter washed. The lower pot is harder because of its shape but it only takes a few shakes to get the rinse water out. I wash the loser pot with some white vinegar water to help keep the heating element clean. Coffee is strong and wonderful;.

Yes, I recommend this product

Easy operation . Great coffee , very smooth and flavorful !

Submitted by Mr.Coffee - 1/19/2017

Best Xmas gift that I bought myself this year !

Yes, I recommend this product

love the flavor of the coffee

Submitted by PDB - 1/13/2017

I bought a few months back and love this coffeepot! Great cup of coffee!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great coffee, but difficult to clean.

Submitted by Dianne - 1/13/2017

Great coffee, but is difficult to clean.

Yes, I recommend this product

GREAT cup of coffee

Submitted by Jim - 1/10/2017

Have been brewing coffee via the vacuum process for years. I have several Silex and Cory brewers and a Sunbeam Coffeemaster electric vacuum coffee maker that my parents used in the 1950s. Happy to see that Kitchen Aid has made the process simpler and love the magnetic seal rather than the former rubber seal that was the norm on the old vacuum pots. Wish that the entire bottom unit could be immersed in water for cleaning, but when cleaning the bottom unit, adding some bicarbonate of soda and water and let the unit stand for an hour or two will keep the unit fresh and eliminate stale coffee odor and taste. Great coffee brewer, well worth the money

Yes, I recommend this product

Great coffee

Submitted by Fisherman - 1/6/2017

A little awkward to get used to but makes great coffee. No bitter after taste.

Yes, I recommend this product

Making coffee the right way

Submitted by Altanta 10 - 12/5/2016

I enjoy this style of brewing as it produces a very favorable coffee. The issue I have with this product is it does not have a mode to keep the coffee hot after brewing. If making a full pot, you need to transfer the coffee to a thermos if you don't serve it all within a short time

Yes, I recommend this product

Great coffee

Submitted by Javanut - 11/26/2016

Takes a few tries to nail down. Seems to be sensitive to how fine your coffee grounds are to get the exact kind of coffee you prefer. Of course how much coffee is placed in to the top carafe. Once you have it figured out you'll get a consistent perfect cup.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great coffee maker!

Submitted by Coffee lover - 11/8/2016

This is a wonderful coffee maker. It's super easy to use and really easy to clean. It heats the water very quickly (less than 60 seconds) the whole brewing process I would say is as long as a standard drip coffee maker. It makes REALLY good coffee; very good flavor and Extremely smooth. It's really fun to watch as well, very cool process.

Yes, I recommend this product

Best Coffee Maker Ever!!!!!

Submitted by Robsdeb - 11/4/2016

This is the best coffee maker ever! My husband purchased this for me last Christmas with my Proline Hand Blender and I love them both!!! It sure is a conversation piece but most of all, I don't have that bitter coffee taste that you get from the coffee sitting on a burner or being made at too high of a temperature! I would highly recommend this (and I do, believe me!) to everyone that loves coffee. I love flavored coffees and this is better than bee's knees! The clean-up afterward is pretty easy as well. Love, love, love it!!!!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Coffee

Submitted by Alex - 10/21/2016

I have used siphons for some time. This is by far the easiest to use since it has its own heating system and automatic shut off. It's fun, beautiful, & makes great coffee.

Yes, I recommend this product

Exceeded my expectations

Submitted by JDub - 10/17/2016

I have heard about vacuum brewing (siphon brewing), but have never tried it. I usually drink my coffee through a french press, but wanted something that would be able to brew more coffee at once, rather than just a couple of cups with the french press. I was also looking for something that would brew a little quicker than waiting for a kettle of water to heat up. This blew my mind the first time I used it. It was so simple, quick and even fun to watch it in action. I was a little skeptical of the price that I was paying, but after using it for a couple of weeks the price was well worth the product. The Coffee is strong and tastes great, it shuts down before the brewing process is done so it will never burn the coffee - I hate burnt, bad tasting coffee!!! I would recommend this product to anyone that is serious about their brew and enjoys a fine cup of coffee as this coffee brewer delivers.

Yes, I recommend this product

Cool cofree maker

Submitted by No nickname - 10/15/2016

Makes great coffee, fun to watch

Yes, I recommend this product

The way to treat your coffee beans in style.

Submitted by Stephen - 10/11/2016

Note: it IS a siphon/vacuum brewer. Coffee is siphoned up and air pressure causes a vaccuum.... anyway this method does produce the best coffee. this unit is well constructed and looks to be really sturdy. the price you pay is the cleanup. it is more involved than most other products so this may be a deal breaker for some. For most, a small price to pay for great coffee. I would have also prefered that the carafe would have a keep warm feature.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Coffee Maker

Submitted by Noel the baker - 9/23/2016

I have had this machine for almost a year and thoroughly enjoy it. It brews coffee quickly and always taste good. My previous machine never tasted this good. I tried the filters about a month ago and found no difference so they are not really needed.

Yes, I recommend this product

Love it!

Submitted by Patsy the Crowning Coffee Gal - 9/10/2016

At first we were skeptic about this contraption, but it really does brew a great cup of coffee. Ideal if you have two coffee drinkers in the house. My husband brews the coffee every day before I head out the door for work. I take one large mug with me on my daily commute. He drinks the rest. What I like is that the unit is taken entirely apart and can be hand washed. It doesn't build up any foul aftersmells or the build up of coffee residue like other traditional brewers. It is easy to clean and assemble. You need to purchase a strong roast to fully benefit from the inversion effect.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Coffee Maker!

Submitted by Jay Z - 9/3/2016

Adding this coffee maker to our collection now brings us to 6 different coffee makers. By far - this brewer makes the best tasting coffee we have. It is a beautiful product which creates rich, smooth coffee. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is cleanability. it is not the easiest product in the world to clean.

Yes, I recommend this product

Makes the best pot of coffee!!

Submitted by Coffee Lover - 9/2/2016

We like a Hot smooth strong cup of coffee. After trying numerous peculators and french press makers we tried this Siphon Coffee Brewer and fell in love with the coffee it made. The coffee comes out hot and with a smooth full body. You have never tasted coffee with so much flavor but it is not bitter or burnt tasting. We love it. If you want to re-heat the coffee just depress the switch for 30 seconds and then lift it up to stop the heating process.

Yes, I recommend this product

Amazing machine. NOT A SIPHON!!!!

Submitted by Raging Coffee Nerd - 8/29/2016

They did a marvelous job with this VACUUM BREWER!!! Using the cloth filters is a must. I get a better product when I mix the coffee with the water as it fills the upper chamber. The agitation provided by the bubbling action is not sufficient and the coffee seems under extracted. Tweak the grind and coffee amounts to accommodate your tastes. The machine is convenient to use. I love it! Personal Rant: There is no siphon action used in the brewing process. it is physically impossible. This process is called vacuum brewing. It is terribly irksome to me that they call this a siphon.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great coffee

Submitted by Hawkeye - 8/22/2016

You can't ask for a greater tasting coffee at home. This type of maker is the best.

Yes, I recommend this product

vacuum brewer

Submitted by Phil the coffee drinker - 8/21/2016

Used a vacuum brewer many years ago. The wow factor alone is worth the cost of admission... It's a great way to brew coffee. No bitterness at all.

Yes, I recommend this product

Perfect! Stylish and straight up Koop!

Submitted by Libbe - 8/12/2016

I am a total Kitchen Aid girl! Love this perfect trendy appliance for my kitchen! My daughter loves it too and added it to her registry!

Yes, I recommend this product

Wonderful coffee!

Submitted by Dorothy (not from Oz) - 8/8/2016

This coffee maker makes the best coffee! Tastes like french press coffee, but no sludge--perfect coffee every time. you do have to make sure you lock the filter in though--makes quite a mess if you don't.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by FCJHNewYork - 8/6/2016

I purchased the Siphon coffee maker as soon as I saw it. The Siphon pulls the flavor from the coffee in a way no other maker does. We love it so much we purchased one for another coffee lover. If you love coffee you must have one and also pickup a coffee mill!!? Oh, you will want to watch it brew!!!!

Yes, I recommend this product

The Bomb!

Submitted by rich - 6/23/2016

This is my third vacuum brewer. It is the best way to prepare coffee. I do have a few hacks that make it even better. Once the water has entered the upper chamber, I give it a stir. This gets the coffee that is floating on top of the water (and not being extracted) wet. When the switch flips off and the vacuum begins to pull the coffee into the lower chamber, I flip the switch again and run it for another cycle (you need to wait a minute or two before it'll let you turn it back on). After the second brew cycle, I give it a little stir just before the coffee is sucked back into the lower chamber. The result is so good you will never drink anything else ever again.

Yes, I recommend this product

Best Coffee Ever!

Submitted by Oso64 - 3/14/2016

I recently purchased this excellent Siphon coffee brewer. I have been a fan of siphon/vacuum coffee for quite some time now. I still have,and use my Sunbeam Coffeemaster C-30 vacuum coffee maker. It was quite a surprise when I saw this new model by KitchenAid on the market. Its been more than 40 years since a major appliance brand has produced and sold a siphon/vacuum coffee brewer in the USA. This brewer by KitchenAid is a very well made product, will last many years. It is a faster brewer than those of years ago, and the flavor of the coffee is very bold, robust, but not bitter. Fun to watch the brewing process too. Cleanup is a little more time consuming than that of a drip maker, but well worth the effort when you taste the wonderful coffee it produces. Go out and buy one, you'll be glad you did.

Yes, I recommend this product

Looks great POOR performance

Submitted by coffee-lover - 3/4/2016

I bought this coffee pot as a finishing touch to my brand new kitchen (I had waited for 5 years). It had the old fashioned methodology with a new, modern look... just like my kitchen. I've really tried to love this coffee pot, really, but I can't. First, there is no coffee aroma that as a coffee lover, I so look forward to in the morning!!! The coffee filter cloth that comes with it doesn't work, nor do the other variations I've purchased. Each and every cup is loaded with black soot/grains at the bottom. I've adjusted amount of coffee and ground textures for the last 6 months! Clean up is a mess, but I'd easily go through the trouble if the coffee was worth it. The look on the counter after I've brewed a cup is also messy, coffee grains remain within the globe... and when I'm so excited to taste that first sip of hot coffee, the last thing I want is to clean the globe! The lack of buzzer (since aroma is absent) leaves me to find a cold brew... unless of course, I stand there and wait for it... not functional.

No, I do not recommend this product

Nice design, easy to use to extract greater flavors from you

Submitted by Miklrog - 2/16/2016

So far so good. I tend not to look for perfection in new technology devices. Nor am I a coffee aficionado. Overall a sound product built for a general consumer for quick repetitive use. If you're a automatic drip coffee drinker looking for an option to get a little more flavor or boldness out of your coffee this siphon is for you. If your style is a French press tinkerer with stringent recipes (water temp/time) you will be disappointed. Like all Kitchenaid appliances it is rugged and foolproof to setup and use. And a little more time will be needed to determine the reliability and value. It tends to be a totally new experience in making coffee. Fun to watch the brewing cycle. It automatically manages many of the steps of a French press, heating the water, stirring pressing,timing and so on...... Clean up tends to be a little awkward at first until you establish a groove. I suspect this will be the biggest complaint Nice design, easy to use to extract greater flavors from your coffee. I've use a French press and I'm use to managing the wet coffee grounds clean up. I find the Kitchenaid Siphon easier to clean. I highly recommend acquiring a couple drain screens such as a Daco 4 inch kitchen mesh screen, drain screen, allowing you to rinse the grounds through the siphon tube into the screen(s). Then discard the grounds into trash or container, I use a large soft drink cup and place the screen and grounds to sit on top and drain. Takes me less than a couple minutes to clean up the siphon with the screens and a long handle kitchen brush to scrub the insides. A little Bar Keeper Friend once in a while cleans up the inside of the brewer removing buildup. Over all I'm happy with the Coffee Siphon. My wish list would be, add an option to adjust the time the Siphon is agitation the Coffee at the end of the brewing cycle. I would prefer a little more time. As well I would like to see a warming cycle on the design, easy to use to extract greater flavors from your coffee coffee pot after the brewing is complete. For me it is a keeper. A great option to add to your brewing collection.

Yes, I recommend this product

Good concept, poor design

Submitted by Disappointed - 2/14/2016

Impossible to clean. Difficult to pour or empty carafe. No warming plate. Coffee cold before I can finish a cup. The cloth filter is a joke.

No, I do not recommend this product

Siphon Coffee Brewer by Kitchen Aid

Submitted by Martha - 2/6/2016

This makes the best coffee. The only thing that is a problem is that if you don't use the cloth filter, the grounds go back into your brewed coffee. Kitchen Aid provides 3 cloth filters. I tried to purchase more. The representatives from Kitchen Aid said that this option is not available. I will have to refrain from using this coffee maker when my cloth filters are no longer keeping my grounds out. I have spoken with Kitchen Aid representatives and they do not sell this item separately. This has been a disappointment.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by BIG D - 2/5/2016


Yes, I recommend this product

Best Coffee I have had!

Submitted by BeachGal - 2/5/2016

The best tasting coffee I have made at home, and it is fun to watch it brew. Cleaning is not really that difficult, just a bit time consuming. All in all a great product that produces a great cup of coffee. I am hooked!

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by David - 2/5/2016

Received for Christmas. Makes great coffe quickly and easily. I have used siphon coffee makers before and this one is the best. Coffe is great. Never any "burned" flavor. Cleaning is easy for this type of coffee maker and the filter is excellent

Yes, I recommend this product

Ease of use

Submitted by None - 2/5/2016

Got this several months ago, like it, however, it is time consuming for cleaning. I do like it.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Where's Bob? - 2/5/2016

it makes perfect coffee for those take it easy weekend mornings. We can drink all we want without bitterness or acidity.

Yes, I recommend this product

Enjoying it every morning

Submitted by Jimbo - 1/30/2016

I bought this brewer after seeing a good review of it in Consumer Report Magazine. Though pricier than I would normally spend, I thought "what the heck, it's going to make a fun Christmas gift to open and watch brew"! My family thinks I lost my mind but I love it and don't mind the extra clean up. I agree with others that there is no warming unit is disappointing but we usually drink it fast enough to make it not a big deal or, heaven forbid, we have to nuc the mug in the microwave for 15 seconds! Tips using it, when turning the filter to lock in place you will hear a click knowing it's truly locked in place. Also I find medium ground as the manual suggest takes too much coffee to get a nice rich flavor. I now buy whole bean and have it ground to fine espresso and works much better with less coffee. And of course being a Kitchen Aid product, the craftsman quality is very apparent!

Yes, I recommend this product

Most interesting Coffee Maker I own.

Submitted by Cool Cat - 12/30/2015

I have been using this coffee maker for about a month now and it does make great coffee. I am using the cloth filters that came with. Once you get them tied and shrunk they work very well. I only tie the top permenantly so it will just slide over the handle. The bottom strings are pulled tight, nothing more and I install the filter housing. Once you figure out the correct grind and amount of coffee, your set. Cleaning up the coffee grounds is the only negative. That takes more time then dropping a used filter in the trash. I wash out the cloth filter, hang it up, let it dry. I have 3 cloth filters so I put a dry one back in and its ready for the next brew. I have two other coffee makers, a french press and a Techni Vorm Maccmaster. All three make excellent coffee and one is my favorite. The Siphon Brewer is the most fun to watch and a favorite on the weekends or when company drops in. The TechniVorm is the favorite for every morning coffee before work. The French press is a favorite for two cups of perfect tasting coffee. Good luck. I only use DunnBrothers fresh roasted coffee beans and I grind only what is going to be used.

Yes, I recommend this product

smoothest coffee maker

Submitted by Silas - 12/27/2015

Fun to watch brew, smoothest coffee ever! Messy to clean but worth it.

Yes, I recommend this product

an excellent morning experience

Submitted by Ineedmycoffee - 12/24/2015

This was a gift that keeps on giving. The function is so interesting to watch and the coffee is very smooth. This replaced a traditional automatic drip pot which made somewhat acidic coffee even with frequent cleaning. The filters can be a bit annoying (slipping) and the fact that the base unit does not keep the coffee warm is a negative, but if you pour it into a thermo carafe, you can enjoy the coffee all morning. This feature would make it near perfect.

Yes, I recommend this product

Siphon brewer

Submitted by Patty - 12/24/2015

It's okay.. If your looking to replace bodum santos Brewer, this will not. Doesn't boil the coffee long enough on top to extract flavor. It makes a fair cup of coffee. The idea was good, but not there yet. I'm disappointed. If your not pickey on flavor/hot coffee this is your Brewer. I'll keep waiting for a good electric vaccum Brewer

No, I do not recommend this product

Enjoy brewing coffee

Submitted by miwakiwa - 12/22/2015

Been providing us with smooth coffee through the holidays.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Coffee

Submitted by Ross - 12/20/2015

This is more a question than a review. I just made my second pot of coffee - the water was pulled up and then down throug the the filter two times before it turned off - is it supposed to happen that way? Regardless, the coffee tasted great.

Yes, I recommend this product

The Best

Submitted by bolenbas - 12/20/2015

Let's keep it simple. This is the best coffee brewer on the market.

Yes, I recommend this product