We had a lot interest regarding the Hourglass Brewer, but had to put its FirstUse off a few weeks due to the pre-Holiday schedule. It seems every year the Holiday season starts earlier and earlier. However, due to the requests for it, we shifted some things around and did the FirstUse test this weeked. Timing was perfect as folks were testing some new (vegan) muffin and cracker recipes.
The setup for brewing was quick and simple. We followed the "coarse" grind recommendation for cold-brewing. The brewer's filter will hold two and a half cups of ground coffee. This Hourglass Brewer was so simple to use that we are confident that next time we do this it will take us just a few minutes.
The setup is very simple: fill the filter, secure bowl to filter, flip and add water. The bowl can hold about 3.5 cups of water. This will make a concentrate which can be diluted for about 8 cups of coffee. Once filled, the other part fits over the bowl and acts as a cover. The brewing setup is now complete.
The minimum brew time is 12 hours. We'll let this sit from 6PM to the next morning. One does not have to have a special brewer to make "cold-brewed" coffee, but using one designed specifically for the process does make it easier (and less messy). We think it is worth paying for one if the coffee turns out to be good. In the next segment, we'll discuss the most important aspect of "cold-brewed" coffee...the taste! [Permalink] - Hourglass Coffee Maker FirstUse
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