Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker (c/o); Anthropologie glasses; shorts; similar chambray shirt; black slides
Well I think it’s official: summer has arrived in Southern California, and I’m over here pleased as pie. (Whatever that saying means.) Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been to the beach three times, I’ve worn shorts more days than I can count, and we’ve started preparing for the 4th of July. (Can anyone actually believe that the 4th is just two weeks away?) And in this house, summertime also means cold coffee mornings.
Living in a house with no A/C that relies on the ocean breeze to cool it, we tend to kick the hot coffee to the curb in the summertime. So last summer I bought a couple ice cube trays, filled them with coffee, and froze them for what I thought would be our new morning ritual in the caffeine department. Smart, right? Fast forward three days of wrestling with silicone ice cube trays that just wouldn’t seem to let go of those precious coffee cubes, and I was over that method. So we started icing our normal morning coffee and spent the summer sipping watered-down, lukewarm, bleh coffee.
But not this year, friends! This year, Christmas came early, and we got to test out the Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker from Cuisinart. And we are HOOKED. We were already using a Cuisinart coffeemaker daily, but I had no idea how much we needed this little cold brew machine. The coffee tastes amazing, and it’s made the morning routine around here so easy.
The key to the process is that the basket of coffee grounds spins back and forth repeatedly in cool water to brew the coffee without using heat, and once the brew cycle is done, you hit the release lever to allow the coffee into the glass carafe. That’s it – no special coffee or pods to buy, just use your favorite ground coffee. There are three different strength options, and for the bold option (our fave), a brew cycle takes about 45 minutes. Am I standing by in the morning waiting 45 minutes for a cold cup o’ joe? No, crazy. I brew a pot the day before, and it’s already in the fridge.
They say that you can store the cold brew in your refrigerator for up to two weeks, but we’ve never had one last longer than two days. What can I say, we go through a lot of coffee around here. And this coffee is good. Like, really good. Eric can be a pretty picky coffee drinker, and this little machine has his stamp of approval. And mine too because a summer of lukewarm, watered-down coffee just isn’t where it’s at, friends.
Photos thanks to Priscilla Frey
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