My early morning normally consists of me walking around the house like something from the walking dead, that is of course until I get my lips around my first cup of coffee. Buy when the hot weather starts kicking in there’s nothing better than a cup of cold brew coffee. The problem is that making cold brew at home can sometimes be a bit of a hassle.
If you’ve ever tried making cold coffee at home you’ll already know that you need something to brew in, a separate receptacle to strain, and more often than not another to serve it from, plus trying to find a suitable coffee filter that doesn’t take forever to strain and also doesn’t let sediment through can be a challenge in itself.
If you love cold brew coffee but hate the hassle I’m just about to make your day (or even year) with this latest offering from no other than KitchenAid. The KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker is so impressive I have had to completely change the layout of my fridge to accommodate it, but who needs eggs, milk, and yogurt when you’ve got great tasting cold brew on tap!
Have I sparked your interest? Thought so. Let’s take a closer look at the ins-and-outs of the KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker, trust me you’re going to love this.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Before I dive in, for those of you that aren’t versed in cold brew coffee here is a brief breakdown. Go into any modern café and you’re bound to see an option for a cold brew on the menu. To make cold brew, most cafés will use anything from a large bucket device and sieve to more trendy (and expensive) test tube brewing equipment that resembles something from a chemistry experiment.
The process is pretty simple, you add ground coffee to water and allow it to steep for a long time, sometimes as long as 12 or even 24 hours. Once filtered the end result is a rich, full-bodied, less acidic and bitter tasting coffee.
However, what makes KitchenAid cold brew so great is the ease and simplicity of the whole process; it brings cold brew coffee to everyone, not just the trendy cafés.
KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker Standout Features
The KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker is a brewer, a filter, and a serving vessel all in one. Yes, you heard me correctly, you don’t need anything else to make cold brew.
Even with its simplistic looks a lot of thought has been put into the design of the KitchenAid cold coffee brewer. It’s been constructed of durable stainless steel and glass and can brew up to 28-ounce batches of delicious coffee concentrate.
The cube design is the perfect size and shape to fit inside almost all modern fridges. The carry handle also makes it easy to remove the cold coffee brewer from the fridge and place on your kitchen counter or table.
Ease of Use
Brewing cold brew in the KitchenAid is easy, like REALLY easy. You just fill the finely perforated filter insert with coarsely ground coffee and then cover with water and wait. The handy fill limit indicator makes it simple to measure your correct water requirements. When I say wait, expect to be waiting for no less than 12 hours, but for stronger cold brews I recommend leaving your coffee steeping for 24 hours. Being patient will reward you with a great tasting cup of cold brew coffee; the best comes to those that wait!
When you’re happy with how long your coffee has been brewing you simply pull out the filter and place it back on top of the unit to completely drain. When the coffee has completely drained you should be left with a clear sediment free batch of cold brew coffee that’s ready to drink. Place your glass with ice under the front dispenser and fill.
KitchenAid has cleverly designed the floor of the brewer with small dimples so as the finished brew rests in the jar any leftover fine grounds that may have slipped through the filter settle at the bottom and accumulate between these dimples ensuring that your glass is completely sediment free and you’ll have a much cleaner cup than you would expect from a typical metal-filtered immersion brewer.
Cleaning is easy, to rinse out the glass container using warm water and dishwashing detergent, and all of the other individual parts can be easily removed for a more thorough deep cleaning process when required. The filter needs to be rinsed with warm water but I recommend that you don’t use any abrasive scrubbing sponges just in case you scratch the surface.
KitchenAid Cold Coffee Maker Disadvantages (Not Many!)
The KitchenAid cold brew maker does have a few disadvantages, only a few. To be honest, I struggled to find anything negative to say about with this cold brew coffee maker.
One minor gripe is that the coffee dispenser is pretty slow at pouring out coffee. Another issue for some might be the awkward presence in the refrigerator, if you have a small fridge it will take up a lot of space, luckily this isn’t an issue for me.
The unit is also quite heavy so make sure that the shelf in your fridge can support it. The rubber feet do a good job of keeping the brewing place once on the shelf so there aren’t any issues with the unit sliding forward every time the fridge door is opened (Which could also disturb the coffee fines that are best left settled).
The Bottom Line
If you love coffee do yourself a favor and purchase the KitchenAid cold brew. It gets a thumbs up from us here at Bean Ground for its impeccable build quality, ease of use and better-than-average filtration. Sure it’s not the cheapest but by the time you’ve costed out the expensive trips to those trendy cafés, the KitchenAid will pay for itself in no time at all.
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