Many thanks to the people at Asobu for sending us not just one, but two of their cold-brewed, insulated portable breweries.
Before we start talking about how the brewer works … let me touch on a few other points.
First, why cold brewed coffee? Because it has a smoother taste and is significantly less sour than coffee brewed with hot water.
Brewing with cold water takes much longer – 12 to 18 hours – but the result is a brew that is great for all kinds of cold coffee drink recipes. And your cold brew can be heated like a regular coffee for people who are sensitive to the acid in hot brewed coffee.
Secondly, a word about the design of this brewery.
I have a couple of cold coffee machines on shelves in my basement. They all do the job, but some are just downright ugly.
This cold brew brewer from Asobu is a beautiful design.
That means I will be happy to have it on my kitchen table. Instead of adding to the “mess of the device”, it will enhance the aesthetics of the space. Nice design!
OK … now how does it work.
Common with other cold brewing systems, it is super simple. No power supply, no pumps or moving parts. Only gravity.
You add medium ground coffee to the steel filter basket and place it in the upper chamber. Then slowly pour cold or room temperature water over the coffee until the chamber is substantially full.
Now let it stand for 12 to 18 hours. Try the coffee at both ends of that period and you will find out how long you want it to sit for the brew that suits you.
When ready, hold down the button between the top and bottom chambers until the top chamber is empty.
Now unscrew the bottom chamber from the rest of the brewery and … now for the best …
The lower chamber is a double-walled insulated flask with a screw cap. Take it anywhere … to your desk, out in the garden, on the beach … anywhere.
The Asobu brewer can strike some blows and still keep the coffee cold.
According to Asobu, the flask keeps your cold brewed coffee chilled for up to 24 hours and hot coffee hot for up to 12 hours.
Like I said at the beginning, this is a beautiful piece of design. But it is also wonderfully functional. And it’s made with the understanding that people might want to take their cold brew with them.
I have some ugly cold breweries and a few that look fine. But only Asobu hits the spot with both design, ease of use and portability.
So yeah, I really like it.
You can get Asobu Cold Brew Isolated Portable Brewer at Amazon …
NOTE: This product was sent to us free of charge in return for a review. (That said, we always reserve the right NOT to review a free product if we do not like it or feel that you do not like it.)