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
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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.
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.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
this turned out to be the greatest purchase with no regrets. The person who invented this deserves a reward and I would love to shake his hand. Read morePublished 21 months ago by dingleba
The Hourglass worked for a couple months with only minimal leaking described by others but eventually it became completely unusable due to the poor seal between the connector and... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Lucas Cain
It leaked! Customer service was horrible! I'm still waiting for my replacement I was promised! That was over a year ago! Buyer beware!!!Published on June 11, 2013 by Tim B.
This truly IS the best coffee I've ever tasted in my life. Smooth, full of body. But if you don't refrigerate the coffee while it is steeping, you end up with a moldy mess that... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Phil
Maybe mine is defective, but after brewing when I turned it over to drain the extract coffee leaked out all over the place. Bummed and disappointed.Published on December 26, 2012 by Rubi
Nothing much to say except that coffee brewed with this thing tasted flat and boring. Tried it about a half dozen times with different beans and nothing was worth drinking. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Penn Gname
I stumbled across this coffee maker elsewhere or I may have saved some from Amazon. I simply love the coffee this creates for me. . . smooth, no bum heartburn, never jittery. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have had a Filtron Cold Filtered System for 20 years and when I moved I lost it. I decided to try this one. Well, now I am ordering another Filtron. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Cara Jones