Sometimes I take for granted the fact that I get to review really cool things. This is one of those really cool things. Everyone I know knows how much I love coffee. About three weeks ago we went camping and that morning I woke up in our tent, I knew I wouldn’t be able to have coffee, but I knew my Dripo Cold Brew Maker was on its way and realized then and there that the Dripo cold brew maker would be great for camping trips because you don’t need to plug it in and it comes with its own cup! It’s perfect for camping!
How does the Dripo Cold Brew Maker Work?
It’s super easy! You first take apart the cold brew maker, rinse it out after taking it out of the packaging and fill the insert with the stainless steel filter with the coffee grounds of your choice. Add a paper filter on top of the coffee grounds for even distribution of water that will drip through the coffee grounds. Once you’ve added this part to the base of the tumbler, twist on the top section where the water goes through, add your ice and water, put the lid on and let it brew for the next few hours.
Now here’s what I’ve noticed about the Dripo Maker. This coffee brewer is for the light coffee drinker, not someone looking for an intense coffee taste. I’ll tell you why. Using the exact same coffee grounds in my Keriug and about 2 tablespoons less I get a stronger more intense flavor from my Keurig and after brewing the same coffee with more grounds in the Cold Brew, my coffee comes out looking like tea. While that is a personal preference and not a reflection of the coffee maker, it is a warning about the intensity of the coffee you get from the brewer.
I decided to test it out and instead of adding cold water, I added warm or hot water thinking that heat brings out the flavor more. Unfortunately when I did that the water stopped dripping through the grounds. It’s like the heated water prevented it from dripping somehow. So it is definitely a cold brew maker that can’t be changed by simply adding warm water. But you might be able to change it up and use a really dark ground coffee to get a stronger taste.
As far as how the brewer works, It’s amazing! While the brewing action isn’t fast, it takes a couple of hours, it’s something you can set on your counter or inside your fridge and let brew overnight for cold coffee in the morning or in a few hours. So this isn’t a quick thing, but definitely, something to take camping like I mentioned before with some sugar and creamer packets. And the neat thing is that it’s a brewer and tumbler in one. There’s no need to bring an extra cup unless you plan to share.
What do you think? Have you used a cold brew method before? Would this make life easier? I think it would for a lot of people!
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