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Product testing: Cuisinart — Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker

A review by Alex Sereno from Café Barista

Every product testing begins with a healthy dose of scepticism. A case in point: testing a cold brew coffeemaker that claims to cut steeping time by 12 hours!

And so, after putting Cuisinart’s Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker to the test a few times, here are my findings.

The steps

This machine is very user-friendly and the manual, with its many illustrations, offers clear operating instructions. In essence:

1. Grind the desired amount of beans in the plastic receptacle (I recommend a medium ground, as with drip coffeemakers). The manual recommends the following quantities:

   • For 3 cups of coffee (15 oz) = 5.5 spoonfuls

   • For 5 cups of coffee (25 oz) = 10 spoonfuls

   • For 7 cups of coffee (1.1 litres) = 13 spoonfuls

One spoonful = 6 grams of coffee

2. Put the ground coffee in the coffee filter holder inside the machine (close the lid).

3. Pour the desired quantity of water in the tank (remove the tank before pouring the water).

4. Select coffee strength and press “Brew”.

5. Wait 25 to 45 minutes (depending on desired coffee strength), and voilà! Once the brewing process is finished, simply release the lever to let the coffee drip in the lower glass carafe. 

6. When pouring the coffee in a cup, it passes through a second filter that’s part of the glass carafe (to catch any leftover coffee grinds).

One recommendation: let your cold brew coffee rest a few hours in the fridge before drinking it. However, if you simply can’t wait to taste it, just add a few ice cubes.

A surprise

While standard brewing calls for one part coffee to 5-7 parts water, the ratio for this machine is one part coffee to 13 parts water; I was surprised how such a low coffee-to-water ratio ended up producing a flavour profile that’s similar to standard coffee, if slightly lighter.

Moreover, I suspect the time that the water and coffee are in contact (45 minutes versus 12 hours) may affect caffeine levels (this coffee being less caffeinated).

In conclusion, if you are looking for a quick way to enjoy cold brew coffee, this machine is worth the price.

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Notes:

(1) Factors that may affect flavour profile: roast profiles (blonde, medium, dark, etc.), grind (fine versus coarse), brewing time, dosage and… the quality of the coffee!

(2) Remember to wash the filter to prevent oily coffee deposits from blocking its pores.

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