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Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker System


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  • Brews smooth, rich tasting, healthier coffee easily with no cords and no electricity required
  • Produces a coffee extract with 69.9 percent less acid than hot-brewed coffee in certified lab tests
  • Extract stays fresh in fridge for 2 weeks; just add hot water for fast cup anytime
  • Portable and rugged, the coffee maker is BPA free
  • Comes with a lifetime stainless-steel filter


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 13.5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002CS8A9Q
  • Item model number: HG001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,254 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The high heat and fast brew times of hot brew coffee makers create bitter coffee that's high in acid and hard on the stomach. The patented Hourglass cold-brew coffee maker solves this problem, producing a coffee extract with 69.9% less acid than hot brewed coffee in certified lab tests. The result is a smooth, rich tasting coffee that's healthier than hot brew and easy on the stomach. The coffee extract stays fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks. Just add hot water for a fast, convenient cup anytime.

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Customer Reviews

There are no consumer fixes for design flaws.
CAM
If you already love the smooth taste of cold brewed coffee, you will never go back to brewing coffee after using this machine.
Online shopper
During this, concentrate was leaking out of the "seal" between the concentrate container and the middle hourglass piece.
Laura

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Online shopper on August 2, 2009
If you already love the smooth taste of cold brewed coffee, you will never go back to brewing coffee after using this machine. For too long, I made cold brewed coffee by putting grounds and water in a big jar and then straining it through coffee filters. I ended up with as much coffee on the kitchen counter as I did in my cup. The hourglass cold brew system is a delight. It's made from BPA free plastic and is simple and clean to use. All you do is measure the grounds and water into one of the brew chambers and then let it sit on your counter for 12 hours. When done, you simply turn it over and the grounds stay in the brew chamber and the coffee runs into the second brew chamber. Done! No mess! The directions say you can re-use the grounds if you put more water in right away. I've done this every time and the second batch tastes just as good as the first. All in all, I think by using the grounds twice, the system becomes quite economical. I read the reviews of the other systems and decided to spring for the Hourglass because even though it is more expensive, it seems to have addressed the issues that other reviewers complained about (no lid on the fridge container, plastic, etc.) This machine is worth every penny. See [...].
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By AmZone on February 7, 2010
Makes good coffee. I have to watch my caffeine and acid levels (I had a gastric bypass) so I use 50/50 caf/decaf beans with a coarse burr grinder. Better coffee bean quality does make a difference. It also makes convenient super great healthy iced coffee with skim milk and stevia sweetner.

I also had a problem with leaking and locking at first but there are a couple of tricks that work for me. First, after you fill with water gently screw the base together. Carefully leave the top part a little loose. The problem I found was that if you screw the thing tightly together right after you add the water, the water is still absorbing into the grounds and will create a powerful vacuum over time! So if you seal it up tight right away, over time the whole thing locks down tight! I am a big guy but still could barely open the thing after 24 hour cycle! Just leave it loose, just enough for the whole thing to stay together and 24 hours later you'll be fine. This seems to also alleviate some of the leaking problems too because when you do tighten it down the seal will be fresher (if that makes sense). You may get an occasional drip after that but you will learn to be careful and pour CAREFULLY into the bean canteen over a sink. I have very few dripping issues now.

I do wish it were less expensive.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve Petrosino on May 9, 2010
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The stainless steel filter is what swayed me from the Toddy to the Hourglass. Some people complained about leaks, some did not. Mine leaked significantly. Upon careful observation...(story shortened)...the factory does not always trim down the bowls enough to let the center piece tighten against the rubber gasket. I sanded the lip of each bowl down to the start of the threads. Now there is a tight seal against the gasket. No more leaks! The factory should do a better and more consistent job to eliminate this issue. An alternate solution would be to acquire an extra set of gaskets and use two on each bowl.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Z. Jagendorf on December 16, 2009
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The hourglass cold brewer is a beautiful piece of kit, it looks great.
The coffee it produces is much smoother than heat brewed.
The formulas are very useful for cold brewing and not something I would have considered before.
It's great for making a usable amount of coffee (I've tried cold brewing with a french press and it feels like more effort when it has to be done more often).
However, it takes up a lot of space on a small countertop.
The hourglass concept is unnecessary (you can cold brew in a mason jar if you want) and the pieces tend to lock together.
If you don't tighten the blue ends to the center it leaks while you're pouring the coffee, but if you tighten it it locks. I've sprayed coffee from one side trying to unscrew the other. I'm afraid to use too much pressure to try and unscrew them in case they break. The black center piece could have been made with some form of grip instead of smooth.

The included container for the brewed coffee has a useful measuring cup lid, which only measures half a cup of coffee at a time. The lid could have held a full cup, with a half mark. On the other hand the whole screw top lid gets coffee into the grooves and has to be cleaned after each pour. I've purchased a pour lid container with measuring marks on the side and it's easier to know when to brew again.

So, the intellectual property is probably the best part of the purchase. If the company had put more effort into the function of the piece it would be a better product.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Molly Matthews on June 30, 2009
I bought this maker a few months ago and absolutely love it. I have missed drinking coffee due to my acid reflux and the Hourglass makes low acid coffee which I love and it's the only way I can drink coffee. I have used other cold brew makers but they are so complicated and messy I stopped using them after a month or so. The Hourglass is easy to use, easy to clean and allows me to re-enjoy coffee again.

I drink the cold brew hot (by adding hot water) but my daughter loves the iced coffee she can make. It's very versatile and I love the comments I get when people come over and see a giant hourglass on my counter.

Try this coffee maker!
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