We chose this OXO Good Grips Cold Brew coffee maker because, as you’d expect from OXO, it’s been carefully designed to be incredibly simple to use – and the resulting brew tastes fantastic too. The unique ‘Rainmaker’ at the top distributes water evenly, extracting the maximum amount of flavour from the grounds, and the ultra-fine stainless steel mesh filter keeps them out of your brew. When you’re ready to start filtering, just flip the switch on the front – a clever auto-stop function halts the process when the carafe below is removed, preventing any coffee puddles on your countertop. Once your cold brew is done, the silicone-sealed stopper caps off the carafe to help keep your coffee fresh in the fridge, and graduations on the side help you measure out exactly how much you want. The filter can be removed for cleaning, the glass carafe is dishwasher safe and it all nests neatly together for storage.
Cold brewing works by steeping coarse coffee grounds in cold water for up to 24 hours before filtering, producing a coffee ‘concentrate’ that stays fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – just microwave or add hot water or milk, to your preference, when you fancy a brew. There’s no heating or electricity required, just time… and a little bit of patience.
A huge trend amongst coffee connoisseurs and baristas in the US, cold brewing is becoming an increasingly popular way to make coffee here in Britain too. What’s all the fuss about? Well, cold brewing extracts much less acid from the bean than brewing with hot water, producing a delicious, low-acidity drink which is naturally slightly sweet – perfect if you find the taste of ‘normal’ coffee just too bitter. Even those non-coffee drinkers in the Lakeland office became converts when they tasted it! But what gets coffee-lovers really excited about cold brewing is the way it brings subtle flavours to the fore. Nutty Brazilian, caramel-tinged Colombian, smoky Sumatran, tartly tropical Kenyan: if you’re a fan of flavour, cold brew’s for you.
22 x 18 x 38cm H.