As a Christmas gift, my thoughtful husband bought me a cold brew coffee maker, and it was a pretty nifty gadget. Have you ever seen them? They are typically a glass container you pour cold water into, and then they have an infuser in the middle where you pour the coffee grounds. The holes are small enough (theoretically) so that the grounds won’t end up in your coffee. I always end up with slightly gritty coffee, though, but it’s bearable (I will endure A LOT to get my iced coffee fix, y’all).
It’s a neat idea. Until you read the fine print, which is that your coffee will be ready in TWENTY FOUR HOURS.
What the what?!?!?!?!?
What coffee drinker on the face of this earth can wait 24 hours for some coffee? Yes, I can (and do) use the cold brew device to make some coffee for tomorrow, but at the end of the day, it’s just one more contraption to add to a collection, and doesn’t eliminate anything else. Womp, womp.
But for the last week I’ve been using a different cold brew device sent to me by the company that makes it, and I have really put it through the ringer, using is over and over and over again to make sure that it is up to snuff.
And I’m happy to report that I’m officially in love.
Dripo has got so much going for it, not the least of which is that adorable packaging, #amiright? But what is really, REALLY awesome about Dripo is that it will have your cold brew coffee ready in 2-3 hours. Yes, I realize that’s still not instant, but friends, this method of brewing really and truly does result in a beverage that is free from the bitterness we’ve all just come to accept and expect if we are making iced coffee at home the quick way (for me that means brewing a very strong cup of coffee and piling on the ice). The taste is SO much better.
Is it so good that I can wait 2-3 hours after I wake up for my first cup of the day? Nope. But that’s where my old cold brewer comes into play. I get to drink the stuff that’s been brewing for 24 hours first thing, and while doing that I bust out my Dripo and get cup #2 started.
How it works is so easy. The design is great! Basically you fill the top section with cold water (even a few ice cubes). In the middle section you put a tablespoon of coffee grounds. Then you add a little filter on top. This part is optional but I’ve made coffee with and without the filer and I think the filter produces a better final product. What that filter actually does is help evenly distribute the drops of water that are coming out of the top during the brewing process. These drips of water go over the filter, through the grounds, and come out into your cup that you can use when you are ready to drink. And by the way, your cup of coffee is 100% debris-free. No tiny bits of coffee grounds to be found anywhere. Hallelujah!
This product is so phenomenal that I will be taking it with me on our family’s 3 week vacation to Switzerland this summer. Luggage space is going to be at a serious premium, so only necessities are going to come along with us. Dripo is a necessity. My family overseas doesn’t drink coffee so I’m going to have to figure out a way to get my daily fix. This is a much more economical option than buying something each morning or having to buy a coffee maker in Switzerland. And I’ll just get in the habit of starting my morning cup of coffee right before heading to bed each night (I’ll probably set an alarm on my phone so I won’t forget…that first cup is just that critical!).
Dripo is highly portable, highly functional, and really speeds up the cold brew process without compromising the quality of the final product. I give it my highest endorsement. If you are an iced coffee fan, you are going to want a Dripo. It’s $34.95; a bargain price for delicious cold brew coffee at a quicker pace!