Iwaki is one of the coffee breweries that has gone under the radar with many coffee genes. But to be honest, there is no reason not to love this budget-friendly, compact coffee maker – and the last cup tastes great to start!
There is only a small circle of coffee lovers digging deep into their pockets and fork beyond two hundred dollars for a six-foot-high cold drip coffee tower; this is where Iwaki fills a void in the market.
The price point is what makes the Iwaki water drip coffee server affordable for everyone, not just the hipster baristas who want to impress with coils, test tubes and large round glass containers found on the more expensive cold coffee drippers.
In addition, you will not make your neighbors think that you are running the local meth lab with all these test tubes and Pyrex beakers stacked up on the kitchen table!
With fun aside, Iwaki is the perfect entry-level cold drip brewer that is compact and brews up to a good brew. Want to know a little more? Let’s take a closer look.
Iwaki water drip coffee maker basic
What makes Iwaki the perfect entry-level cold drip coffee machine is its simplicity. If you are new to the whole drip coffee scene, it will not be much easier than this.
The Iwaki kit comes with everything you need to get started – minus the coffee!
When you open the box, you discover the glass decanter, a section for your ground coffee with a built-in filter, the top water reservoir made of plastic and finally a two-piece lid.
Unlike other (more expensive) cold coffee drippers, Iwaki has no valve to control the dripping. Now it makes it super easy for the inexperienced because things can get messy and out of hand when the drip is not set correctly.
Fortunately, Iwaki is already preset for beginners to drip approximately every 2 seconds – which is perfect.
Now, for those of us who prefer to experiment by increasing or decreasing the flow of the water drip rate, this is still possible, but involves a little experimentation with the roughness of your coffee grinder.
For example – A coarser coffee grinder setting allows the water to seep through faster than a finer paint. When the water passes too fast, the final cold brewed coffee will be less intense because the water has not had enough time to steep and gather all the flavorful oils and nuances from the coffee as it passes through.
I’ve had a good game with Iwaki, and I’ve found that a fine grind works best, somewhere between an espresso and a Turkish grind. It really is trial and error because the instructions that come with the Iwaki cold drop server are not in English.
Fortunately, there are markings on both the water reservoir and the section with ground coffee, which takes a bit of the guesswork out. The water reservoir holds approx. 495 g of water, and the coffee section can hold up to 50 g of ground coffee.
Once you get hold of Iwaki, you will find it super easy to set up and use. Basically, place finely ground coffee and cold water up to the indication marks in each section.
Iwaki Water Drip Coffee Server Instructions
As I mentioned above, setting up and using the Iwaki water drip coffee machine is pretty easy and straightforward. Those of you who are struggling and want a better idea of how this cold drip brewer works, keep reading.
- Rinse and place Pyrex beaker on a flat surface.
- Weigh out 50 g of whole bean coffee and set your grinder to a fine setting, grind all your coffee beans and pour it into the center of the plastic with the built-in filter.
- Use an espresso tamper to gently compress the coffee down, not too much because you will not risk breaking the delicate built-in screen, but just enough to compress the coffee a bit.
- Place the section with the coffee in the glass, Pyrex beaker.
- Next, add the top water reservoir to the middle part with the coffee in it.
- Fill the water tank with cold water up to the filling line (approx. 495 g water) and add ice if necessary.
Give yourself a push on the back, sit back and admire your practical work, that’s it! The whole drip brewing process should not take more than 8 hours. I like to place mine in the fridge overnight and wake up to fresh, ice cold coffee.
Overall impression of Iwaki
Compared to expensive coffee drip towers that fill the entire kitchen table, Iwaki is a fantastically compact, space-saving budget purchase.
It is a low-risk purchase and an excellent introduction to cold drip coffee at home, making it the perfect choice for those who do not want to spend a small fortune on trying this type of coffee that brews at home.
That said, if you are someone who enjoys tinkering with different brewing conditions and settings, Iwaki may not keep you entertained for long. If this sounds like you, Hario or the Yama drip tower can be more to your liking.
Overall, I have nothing terrible to say about the Iwaki coffee machine, it is cheap, easy to use, but as I have pointed out, its low price point is dampened by the lack of drip rate settings – this should not be a problem making it perfect for beginners .