Flash forward to the present. I have been drinking coffee in the mornings again. I really enjoy it. For the longest time, I drank strong, dark roasts, black. Lately, I do add cream. Heavy cream! It's so delicious! But, in order to extend our morning fasting until post workout, I have been switching back to having some black prior to exercising, saving some for afterwards. Adding the cream to the rest is like an amazing treat.
Enter the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker! (The link will take you to their website. This is not an affiliate link. I do not make money from any sales.)
I decided it was time to research the cold brew coffee makers, and see what was newer on the market since I never really compared them to begin with. My first one was a spontaneous purchase, and a great deal as I knew the glass cold-brew coffee makers were somewhat pricey.
It didn't take long. I found the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker right away on a Google search in the row of photos on the first page.
I clicked on it, and began to read about it, and check out the reviews. The reviews were pretty positive, and the entire system seemed very sleek and efficient. It has a built-in filter.
Simply add 2 cups of coarse ground coffee to the filter, place water in the main pitcher up to about three quarters full, add the filter, and screw it all on tight. Shake it up a bit, then let it sit in the fridge on its side for 12-24 hours.
You can see the coffee looking pretty well brewed right away. They recommend shaking it up a bit here and there throughout the entire time it's 'brewing' in the fridge. When ready, remove the filter. It does retain a lot of water, so let it drip into a container. I squeezed the filter a bit all around into the main carafe to get out what I could then let more collect as it sat.
What remains is a concentrate. You use two parts water to one part coffee. You can use it straight poured over ice instead if you like iced coffee. We don't have ice, but I love iced coffee, especially cold-brewed, with the nice thick heavy cream or even half-and-half in it. Something about that white viscous, creamy and thick cream pouring over the cold iced coffee is such a treat.
I purchased the two quart. It also comes in a one quart.
Once you have your concentrate, Takeya's sleek designed carafe can fit right into the shelf in the door of your refrigerator. Depending on how much coffee you drink, and how strong you like it, it should last several days. Takeya claims it will remain fresh at least two weeks.
I have been heating up 1.25-1.5 cups of the concentrate in a small pot. I separately bring water to boil in our kettle. The concentrate is shared between Don and I. If it were just for myself, I would use just half cup or a tad more of the concentrate.
I top it off with the hot water, filling up my big mug. I have not measured the amount of water I used, but I would guess it is about a two to one ratio. You can taste test to get your desired strength.
I find it much easier to drink the cold-brewed coffee black, because of it's lower acid content, and yet, it is still such a nice treat enjoyed with half-and-half or heavy cream.
Cold brewing prevents all the oils from being released, which are what contribute to the higher acid levels, and the bitter flavor. Those with acid reflux, or other digestive issues, may find the high acid content of coffee difficult to tolerate.
I would highly recommend giving the Takeya Cold-Brew Coffee Maker a try. It's sleek, slender, simple, and doesn't require purchasing separate filters. Best of all, Takeya is made in the USA! That was what cinched the deal for me!
As per the description on the Takeya Deluxe Cold-Brew Coffee Maker page, some of the features include:
- Fine-mesh coffee filter keeps coffee grounds out of the coffee ~ yes this is true, but there was a small amount of sludge towards the end. Not a big deal to me as I'm used to it. Once your mug sits for a bit, it will sink to the bottom.
- A non-slip silicone handle
- Creates a balanced, less acidic, smooth tasting cold brewed coffee
- A patented airtight leak-proof lid locks in freshness and flavor
- Made from high quality BPA-free Tritan plastic which can withstand boiling hot and cold temperatures
- Can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher (which is not something I would personally do)
- Made in the USA
I do not have an affiliate account with Takeya. I am sure it is probably available on Amazon, however, when able, I highly recommend supporting the company directly and avoiding the middle man.
What's your opinion on cold-brew coffee? Like it? What type of coffee maker do you use? Let me know in the comments section below! Grab a cuppa, let's talk!