This is a view of the siphon bar at Blue Bottle Coffee at the San Francisco Mint. You can read about the multi-step process of preparation here. Click 'view steps'. Please. I think my favorite quote is this: "think about the coffee grounds as a school of fish which desires to stay together. So don't cut into the mass of coffee with your paddle."
Also, "we love the effulgent and kaleidoscopic changeability of a well-made siphon pot."
Well said, Blue Bottle. Well said.