Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
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The search is always on to find the next fabulous cup of coffee. For six days each week, full bodied, coffee is a cinch. Rich, satisfying well-brewed coffee is readily available. On Shabbos, however, that is not always the case—especially for coffee devotees.
As we have reported previously, coffee extract is not a new idea and has been used for years commercially. Some coffee houses and cafes use cold-brew coffee extract. When brewing traditional hot coffee, acids and oils are released, which may effect some drinkers. According to research findings however, cold brewing produces smooth, low acid coffee perfect for people with acid reflux and digestive issues.
One of the benefits of the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker is that with cold brewing only the natural flavors are extracted, creating a well-balanced, lower acid, smooth, concentrated coffee, which can be used in hot or iced coffee drinks. And, once brewed, the concentrated coffee extract can be kept fresh in the pitcher of the Cold Brew Coffee Maker in the refrigerator.
It is simple to use.... ground coffee is added to the stainless mesh infuser, and then water is added to the pitcher. The coffee is left to steep in the refrigerator from 24 to 72 hours. At the end of the steeping process, the infuser is unscrewed and removed, and coffee can be enjoyed, with leftovers stored in the Takeya pitcher in the refrigerator...for up to two weeks. Yes, it is so easy; coffee can be made, served and stored in the Takeya.
And now more great news: For coffee loving Sabbath observant Jews, having a good cup of coffee on Saturday morning or after a wonderful Shabbos meal comes with limitations. There is a biblical prohibition against cooking on Shabbos, which includes the brewing of coffee. Most Shabbos observant people drink instant coffee. However, coffee made in the Takeya is Shabbos compliant, since there is absolutely no cooking or coffee sifting involved
On Wednesday or Thursday morning, add 14 to 16 tablespoons of your favorite medium or dark roast coarsely ground coffee to the infuser. Twist the infuser into the lid and add 4 cups of cold, filtered water to the pitcher. Lower the infuser into the water. Seal the lid, and store the pitcher in the refrigerator.
We have tested this coffee maker for several weeks and suggest the following: We like strong coffee – so we use a dark coarsely ground French roast. We made several batches of cold-brew coffee extract over several weeks, and allowed it to infuse in the refrigerated Takeya coffee for 36, 48 and 72 hours respectively. The 48-hour brew was excellent but, since we like our coffee very strong, our favorite was the 72-hour brew! Once the coffee has finished cold brewing, remove the Infuser. Now its ready to make a hot or iced cup of coffee, coffee that was smooth, rich and with a "freshly brewed" taste. One important tip: To ensure a really hot cup of coffee on Shabbos, the extract should be at room temperature. . We used 1 part coffee brew to 2 parts hot water to produce a hot brewed cup. We recommend removing the brew from the refrigerator on Friday night to bring it to room temperature by Saturday morning. Then enjoy it throughout the day, hot or cold, and refrigerate the leftovers.
For more information and to see a 2 minute video showing how to make coffee with the Takeyah coffee maker, go to http://blog.takeyausa.com/2013/10/introducing-the-takeya-cold-brew-coffee-maker/