Cold coffee is all the rage these days. Especially cold brew, which has quickly become my favorite way to make my morning cup of joe. Cold brew gets rid of the harshness of hot coffee, and it tastes delicious.
There are plenty of options on the market to buy cold brew concentrate, but I recently learned how to make my own concentrate at home.
It's actually easy. I use a French press, but you can do the same thing in a regular pitcher. You take 1 cup of fresh beans and grind them using the coarse setting on your grinder. Put those ground-up beans into your French press or pitcher, and then put in 3 cups of room temperature water. Stir up the coffee grounds so that they're nice and mixed in. Put a lid on the press or pitcher and then put it in the fridge for at least 12 hours, preferably overnight. The next morning, you can mix that homemade concentrated coffee with some milk and creamer and ice for a perfect cup of cold brew coffee. It's perfect even in the winter months.
But let's say you're in a household where everyone doesn't prefer cold brew. Your significant other wants her regular hot coffee, but you want your cold brew. What do you do then? Pouring hot coffee over ice just results in watered down crap coffee, and nobody wants that.
That's where the Hyperchiller Iced Coffee Maker comes in. It looks like the kind of cup/mixer that you take to the gym for your post-workout shake. But this shaker has multiple food-grade stainless steel chambers inside that allow you to keep ice and coffee separate, so you never get watered down coffee. You can brew directly into the Hyperchiller with your single-serve coffee maker, or pour into it with a carafe. Stir the coffee, and within 1 minute it will have cooled by up to 130 degrees! At that point, all you have to do is pour your coffee over ice and mix it with milk or your favorite creamer and sugar.
The Hyperchiller is $30, which seems like a sound and cheap investment if you're looking for a quick and easy way to make cold coffee. We still prefer the French press method here because you can make enough concentrate to last three or four days at once. But the Hyperchiller looks like a legitimate option if you're looking to just make one cup or so at a time.
What do you think?