Kitchen

Hario Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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Sludge-free cold brew coffee

I originally picked this up when Hario partnered with Blue Bottle to sell them last year. I like it so much I bought a second to use at work. It is the best way I’ve found to make cold brew coffee in just the right quantities. My previous system was one of those huge toddy systems. While I liked the result, I had to grind and use huge amounts of coffee each time I wanted to make some. Then it made so much it would last 3-4 days and start to taste off towards the end.

The Hario system only makes around 500-600ml (after you pull out the filter). I add cold water to this to bring it up to the 650ml capacity of the bottle. This lasts me a day or two at the most. The genius of the system is the filter. Instead of draining coffee through the bottom and leaving the coffee behind, the filter attaches to the silicon top, just remove the top and the filter comes out with it. Remove the filter and put the top back on. Additionally the filter is made from polyester. It’s so fine I can’t see any holes in it, it just looks like translucent plastic. I never have coffee sludge at the bottom, no matter how fine I grind my coffee. At work I’ll prep the setup before I leave in the evening and when I come in the next morning, it’s ready to go. With the removable top the main glass container has a wide mouth that makes clean up easy, even if you don’t have a dishwasher and need to hand wash it. If you don’t want to grind your coffee (I can’t at work) I’ve found the New Orleans style Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chicory makes a great cold brew coffee.

-- Kevin van Haaren 03/28/17