Cold Brew Latte

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There’s a good chance that you’ve been to a coffee shop somewhere and saw both Iced Coffee and Cold Brew offered on the menu. You’re wondering, both are cold coffee drinks, why are they named differently?

Actually, there’s quite a difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew. They’re prepared in a different way, and therefore, have different taste.

  • Cold Brew is coffee brewed using cold water.
  • Iced Coffee is regularly brewed coffee (with hot water) with ice added to it.

How Cold Brew Is Made:

Cold Brew is referred to that way not only because it is served cold, but in fact because it is brewed with cold water and not boiling water like your regular cup of coffee.

To make a cold brew, you add room temperature or cold water to your coffee ground and let it steep for at least 12 hours. Some people let it sit for up to 24 hours. After the steeping time is up, remove the coffee ground from the coffee. At this point, what you’ll have is a coffee concentrate. You can create your coffee drink by adding cold water, milk or cream in your preferred ratio. And guess what? you can even add hot water to the concentrate to make a hot cup of coffee!

What’s So Special About Cold Brew, Anyway?

Cold Brew

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So why go through all this hassle to make cold brew? Well, it’s not really a hassle, but it just takes sometime to be ready. And if it wasn’t worth it then you wouldn’t have seen it grow this much in popularity.

In Cold Brewing, the interaction between the cold water and the coffee ground is different than hot water. Using cold water results in a flavorful yet mellow and acid-free coffee. It brings out a lot of different flavors that you’re missing out on with hot water brewing (provided you’re using quality coffee in the first place!)

Another, very important, difference is the fact that with cold brew, your drink is never diluted with melted ice, even when you actually add ice to it. This is because you’re starting with very concentrated coffee. So whether you add water or ice to it, it’s never diluted the same way iced coffee gets when the ice melts.

Cold Brew concentrate can last in your fridge for up to 3 weeks.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home:

Making Cold Brew is fairly simple. If you’re not into buying any special tools for it, then you can simply make it this way:

  • Bring a large jug, add coffee ground and cold water.
  • Cover the jug and let it cool in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Filter out the coffee ground and save the cold brew concentrate in a well sealed bottle or jug.

Your other option would be to buy one of these simple and inexpensive Cold Brew filter/pitcher:

Hario Cold Brew Bottle:

Hario Water Brew Coffee Pot

From the leaders of manual coffee brewing, this Hario bottle is simple to use, store and clean. It has a built-in filter that makes filtering the coffee as easy as pulling out the filter and putting on the lid to seal the coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Hario Cold Brew Pitcher, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Toddy Cold Brew System:

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

The Toddy system is popular, although I personally believe it to be a little messy in comparison to Hario’s bottle. Toddy can make you a larger batch, though.

With Toddy’s system, you add the coffee ground and water to the large bucket-like container. This container needs replaceable filters (another reason I don’t like it) to use. Leaving the coffee to brew for up to 12-24 hours, it starts slowly dripping to the bottle placed under the container.

Click here to learn more about the Toddy Cold Brew System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Osaka 4-cup Cold Brew Dripper:

Osaka 4 Cup (20oz_600ml) Cold Brew Coffee Dripper

the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper has a great drip style design, which is very similar to the large and expensive traditional old brew drippers. With the Osaka dripper, you get the top dripper and the carafe. The add ice and water to the top compartment and it will start dripping over the middle compartment which has the coffee ground, which will then start dripping coffee to the carafe. One of the best features about the Osaka dripper is the ability to adjust the flow speed, which gives you control over the strength of the coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Bodum French Press How To
A French Press is one of these really simple tools that allow you to brew a delicious cup of coffee in quick way, anytime and anywhere. When using a french press, you’re keeping all the oils from the beans in your cup, which gives you a really bold and flavorful cup of coffee. But what’s the best way to make a great cup of coffee using a french press? We’ve posted some graphics and videos before explaining how to make a french press pot, but this post is our definite guide.

Like any other brewing method, with French Press, many factors will affect the result of your coffee:

  • Your coffee grind: of course, fresh is better. But also, the coffee grind has to be the right consistency.
  • Amount of coffee: now you got the grind  right, you have to add the correct amount of coffee.
  • Water temperature: the optimal temperature for brewing coffee is about 200F to 205F. That’s water just off the boil.

What You’ll Need:

A French Press:

Bodum Set_French Press

We’re assuming you already have a French Press. If not, then we highly recommend looking at Bodum’s french presses. They’re the most popular and a personal favorite. Bodum has a wide range of presses to choose from, in different styles to suit every taste.

How To Choose the Right French Press?

Apart from aesthetics, the first thing you’ll have to decide on is the capacity of the french press. How many cups will you be brewing? French presses are available in sizes of 2-cups, 4-cups, 6-cups and up to 12-cup (12 cups is about 51 oz).

Design wise, there are many to choose from, however, the interior remains the same (all stainless steel):

Bodum BRAZIL French Press

Bodum Chamboard French Press_Gold

There’s the glass with plastic shell and handle. Glass with stainless steel shell or full stainless steel body.

Frieling Polished Stainless French Press

Which one to choose is completely up to you, of course, you’ll still get the same result. We recommend the stainless steel french press over others only because it’s more durable (doesn’t break) and it keeps the temperature of your coffee longer.

The Grinder: 

Grinding your beans fresh makes a lot of difference in the quality of coffee you’re brewing. Coffee grinders can be expensive, but you don’t have to invest in a large grinder if you’re only grinding to brew using French Press. There’s a number of inexpensive quality grinders that you can choose from:

Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder

A manual burr grinder is highly recommended here. With a few twists, you’ll have fresh ground coffee ready to brew. The only downside to a manual grinder is that it can get tiring after a while.

Bodum Bistro Grinder

Your second option would be to get a blade grinder. This isn’t recommended over a burr grinder, but if you’re on a budget, it’ll do.

The Scale:

Hario Coffee Drip Scale:Timer

This is where you’ll measure the right amount of coffee ground. You’ll need about 7 grams of coffee for each cup you’re brewing.

You can use a simple digital scale for this, or you can use a scoop with a built-in scale. The Hario scale pictured above features a built-in timer which is quite helpful in all brewing methods or even kitchen uses in general.

How To Brew Using a French Press:

Now you have all your tools ready, here’s how to do it:

  • First thing you’ll want to do is rinse your french press with hot water. This is crucial in helping to maintain the right brewing temperature once you add your coffee and hot water.
  • While the press is pre-heating, measure the right amount of beans. If you’re grinding 8-cups, you’ll need about 56 grams of coffee.
  • Start grinding your beans. You’ll want the coffee to be coarse for this.
  • Discard the water you used to pre-heat your french press. Add the coffee and add the boiling water. At this point, you’ll want to add only have way up. This will help saturate the coffee evenly, which gives you a better flavor.
  • Let the coffee sit for about a minute, after that stir the coffee and add more water all the way to the top.
  • Let the coffee continue to steep for an extra 3 minutes.
  • Once 4 full minutes are up, gently press down the plunger.

Now you’re all ready to enjoy your cup of coffee!

Extra Tips:

  • Some people recommend refrigerating coffee beans to keep them fresh. NEVER do that. It will stale your coffee in no time, actually. Always keep your beans at room temperature.
  • If you’re using a glass french press, it’s recommended that you use a wood stirrer instead of a metal spoon, just so you don’t accidentally break the glass.
  • Don’t want to grind your own beans? Your best option then is to buy fresh beans that have just been roasted from a local coffee shop and have them grind it for you. The idea here is that you don’t want to use beans that have been roasted months ago, this changes the quality of coffee and will certainly result in a bitter cup.
 

When you’re in the market for a new coffee maker, and you find a range of machines with prices from $15 up to $200 and even more, there’s no doubt you’ll get confused. Coffee makers are seemingly the same, but the truth is, not all coffee makers are created equally.

Coffee makers are not just about how many cups they make or their auto on/off features. The quality of a coffee maker is measured by the way it extracts and brews the coffee and its ability to get the most out of your beans to give you a flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee.

What Affects The Quality of a Cup of Coffee at Home?

  • Of course, it all starts with the coffee itself. Use a quality brand, and the fresher the grind, the better. The best way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee is by grinding your beans just before brewing.
  • Choose a coffee maker that allows you to adjust the strength of your coffee so you can customize your drink to your taste. This would usually mean adjusting the amount of time the water is steeping the coffee in. The stronger you want the coffee, the longer your machine will keep the coffee ground steeping in water before dripping it down to the carafe.
  • How the coffee maker extracts the coffee makes all the difference. The average coffee maker will simply shoot water down on the coffee ground (similar to a faucet), which would result in an uneven extraction of the coffee. A great coffee maker has a showerhead that spreads the water evenly on all the coffee ground, resulting in a full and even extraction of the coffee ground.
  • The coffee maker should be able to brew at a temperature of 195 to 200F, which is the optimal temperature for coffee brewing.

Which Drip Coffee Maker Makes The Best Coffee at Home?

We highly recommend that you go for a coffee maker that is certified by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). SCAA certified coffee makers are guaranteed to brew at the right temperature, the perfect time and within the SCAA Golden Cup recommendations for the best cup of coffee.

Now, we realize you might be on a budget, or not keen on spending a fortune on a coffee maker, so we’ll start our recommendations with the most affordable options.

Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1500:

Bonavita BV1500TS 5-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer

This coffee maker would cost you less than $100, much like many coffee makers out there, but it will make you a far superior cup of coffee.

The Bonavita has a very simple one button operation. Switch it on and it’s ready to go. It heats water up to 195-205F, has a showerhead for an even extraction and has a pre-infusion option that blooms fresh coffee ground to de-gas it.

How long the Bonavita takes to brew and how strong your brew is will depend on the coarseness of the coffee ground you’re using. It’s always fun to experiment with this until you get your favorite result.

The Bonavita is also available in models BV1800 and BV1900, you can read about the difference between them here.

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KitchenAid Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker:

KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee Brewer

The KitchenAid mimic the pour-over brewing method, automatically. The heats water at the top of the brewer to minimize any heat loss, and it reaches temperature up to 204F. The digital display on the machine shows you each step of the brewing process, as well as a clock and the settings for an auto on option.

The KitchenAid also has a Roast selector, a setting that allows you to choose according to the type of roast you’re brewing, medium or dark, which allows you to taste the subtle differences between these roasts. You can read our review of the KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Maker here.

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Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker:

Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System

One of the great things about the Brazen Plus is that it allows YOU to set the temperature of your brew. You can choose from 190 to 210F. Another great feature is its oversized showerhead and pulse water flow which saturates the coffee ground even better. Other features include auto on start, digital clock, thermal carafe and more. Click here to read our comparison of the Brazen Plus vs. Bonavita.

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Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker:

Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe

This is the top of the line coffee maker that is preferred by most. It is the best for its highest quality, the Moccamaster is fully handmade in the Netherlands and it’s certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of American and Europe.

The Moccamaster is able to brew a full or half carafe, in 4 to 6 minutes. It has a manual drip-stop brew basket with 3 positions, two will allow you to adjust the flow of the coffee and a third to stop it completely for when you want to remove the carafe. It heats water up to 205F with auto shut-off after brew.

Click here to read our comparisons of all Technivorm Moccamaster coffee makers.

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Watch The Coffee Makers in Action:

Bonavita BV1500:

KitchenAid Automatic Pour-Over:

Unboxing of the Brazen Plus:

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We can’t blame you if you’re wondering what’s the difference between Cuisinart SS-10 and SS-700. These two K-Cup single-serve brewers seem identical. But to get you the definite answer, we’ve dug for all the information available on these two brewers to help you with your choice.

Is There a Difference Between the SS-10 and SS-700?

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TitleCuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker, Stainless SteelCuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver
FeatureK-Cup compatible brewer makes one cup at a time
5 beverage sizes: 4-12 oz.
Hot water button lets you enjoy instant coffee, soup, tea and hot cocoa.
Rinse feature instantly cleans the inside of the brew chamber.
Fully programmable with a full spectrum of features, including Auto On/Off and adjustable temperature control.
Large 80-ounce removable water reservoir eliminates the need for frequent refills
5 cup sizes, including iced beverage setting and removable drip tray for tall travel mugs
Fully programmable blue backlit LCD with digital clock, auto on/off and adjustable temperature
Includes: My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, charcoal water filter, 12 K-Cup Portion Pack and instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
Large 80-ounce removable water reservoir eliminates the need for frequent refills
5 cup sizes, including iced beverage setting and removable drip tray for tall travel mugs
Fully programmable blue backlit LCD with digital clock, auto on/off, and adjustable temperature
Includes: My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, charcoal water filter, 12 K-Cup Portion Pack and instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Looking at the features of these two brewers, we were not able to find any differences features wise. Here’s what both of these machines can do:

  • Brew any K-Cup pod, one cup at a time.
  • Choose from 5 cup sizes: 4oz up to 12 oz.
  • Adjustable temperature settings.
  • Hot water dispenser with dedicated button.
  • Rinse program with dedicated button.
  • LCD display for easy use and programming of the brewer.
  • Auto on/off program, digital clock.
  • Removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs.

However, we found that there’s a difference between the water reservoir capacity:

  • The Cuisinart SS-700 has a 80 oz capacity.
  • The Cuisinart SS-10 has a 72 oz capacity.

Design and Aesthetics:

The SS-10 has been redesigned to look more modern and sleeker than the SS-700. Although they’re practically the same, the SS-10 has redesigned buttons and has a slightly different housing shape.

Speaking of housing, we noticed some customers have mentioned that the SS-10 feels cheaply made because of the plastic housing and that the SS-700 is a better choice. However, the truth is both the SS-10 and SS-700 have the same plastic housing with some stainless steel parts. The plastic has a silver color finish that makes it look like stainless steel, but the only actual stainless steel parts are (apart for the internal parts, of course) the handle and the drip tray.

The SS-10 is lighter in weight, which makes it feel less sturdy than the S-700, but when it comes to performance, both work the same.

Which One To Buy?

Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker

Well, it is totally up to you! You really are getting the same features with these two models. But it’s worth mentioning that the SS-700 has been officially discontinued by Cuisinart (it’s listed under Discontinued Products on their site: http://www.cuisinart.com/discontinued/coffee_makers/ss-700 ) So obviously it is better to get the newest model just to have an appliance with a possible longer life and guaranteed support.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart SS-10, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is iCoffee Brewer?

The iCoffee is often compared to the well know Keurig machine, and there’s a reason for that. iCoffee is a K-Cup brewer, too. But it works differently than the Keurig.

iCoffee is a single-serve K-Cup brewer with a patent-pending SpinBrew technology that instead of pumping water through the K-Cup, the needle jets water, steams and stirs it inside the K-Cup. The ensures that the coffee is fully and evenly saturated with water, which results in a more flavorful and smooth cup of coffee.

The iCoffee uses the same K-Cups as the Keurig machine. It can also accommodate refillable K-Cup pods.

Features of the iCoffee K-Cup Brewer:

iCoffee Mozart Single Serve Coffee Maker

  • SpinBrew technology: spins, steams and stirs inside the K-Cup.
  • Dial-a-Brew: Use the dial to choose from 4 oz to 12 oz sizes in increments of 1/2 oz
  • Large 75 oz water reservoir.
  • Removable drip tray allows the coffee brewer to accommodate larger mugs.
  • Compatible with every K-Cup, including private K-Cup labels and refillable K-Pods.
  • Includes an iCup refillable pod.
  • Available in models: Mozart, Opus and DaVinci.

Click here to learn more about the  iCoffee Mozart, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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iCoffee Mozart vs. DaVinci, What’s The Difference?

iCoffee RSS300-DAV Davinci Single Serve Coffee Brewer with Spin Brew Technology

The iCoffee DaVinici uses the same SpinBrew Technology of the Mozart brewer, but it has these differences:

  • It has a smaller water reservoir at 55 oz.
  • It doesn’t have the Dial-a-Brew technology that allows you to increase or decrease the cup sizes in 1/2 oz increments.
  • However, it does have 5-cup sizes selection: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

Click here to learn more about the  iCoffee DaVinci, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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How The SpinBrew Technology Works:

The secret is in the needle. While all Keurig and Keurig-compatible brewers use a stationery needle that punctures the K-Cup and pumps water through it, the iCoffee has a spinning needle that jets water to steam and stir right inside the K-Cup. iCoffee promises that thanks to their SpinBrew, your coffee will come out bolder, smoother and hotter.

iCoffee vs. Keurig, What Is The Difference?

Keurig K575 Coffee Maker

Like we’ve already mentioned above, the biggest difference between the iCoffee and Keurig is how the machines work.

  • With iCoffee, you’re getting an innovative SpinBrew technology (exclusive to iCoffee) that spins, stirs and steams right inside the K-Cup. It is guaranteed to work with all K-Cup pods from any brands as well as refillable pods.
  • With Keurig, the machine pumps water right through the K-Cup, much like any other single-serve brewer.

It is worth mentioning that Keurig has a lot of brewers, each with their own advantages. We’ve only mentioned the BIGGEST difference between the iCoffee and Keurig, however, if you look at different Keurig models, you’ll find lots of features that you won’t find in the iCoffee. For example:

  • The Keurig 2.0 is the only K-Cup brewer that can brew carafe and not just a single-cup.
  • Keurig also has K-Cups, K-Carafe and K-Mug pods, each perfectly suited to the volume of coffee you’re brewing so you can get the best results.

Click here to learn everything about the Keurig 2.0, its different models and more.

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