At a preview for the International Home + Housewares Show that will be held in Chicago in the Spring, I spied the table featuring Asobu by Ad N Art.
This striking cold coffee brewer makes trendy cold-brewed coffee. Cold brewed coffee is a thing, but at 450 per Asobu, I wondered aloud why consumers would need it when there are tons of coffee makers on the market.
“You’ll see” he said, handing me a small cup” Cold brewed coffee made with am Asobu is free of the bitterness you can get with traditional coffee makers.”
I sipped. The coffee was smooth, flavorful, delicious!
The Asobu Test:
Could I reproduce the same delicious cold brewed coffee at home?
The first thing I noticed when my black Asobu with stainless steel silver carafe arrived was the tagline: “Drink Differently” on the outer carton. Inside, the Asobu was slim, tall, striking. It doesn’t need to be plugged in and also doesn’t too much room on your counter.
Since it’s not electric, this low-tech coffee maker can be used anywhere you want, as long as you have water. That’s great…but the cold brewing process not quick.
Following the instructions, I put 3 oz of regular ground coffee in the stainless steel mesh filter housed in the Clear TritanTM Brewing Carafe and added 3 cups of cold water. I closed the top airhole (it’s a little plug). The instructions suggest 12-24 hours.
I filled the Asobu on Saturday morning and left it until Sunday morning. By then, the coffee was a deep rich color.
I opened the air hole at the top, pressed the big orange button in the middle, and the cold brewed coffee was dispatched into the stainless steel carafe.
The carafe is available in several colors, and it’s very substantial. It’s meant to be detached from the brewer and carried with you. With a good vacuum insulation and inner copper plated wall, this serving carafe is good for whatever you want to put it in (e.g. tea or water).
The End Result
I prefer hot coffee, so I nuked some in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Maybe that defeated some of the low-tech millennial joy to be had by not using a plug-in coffee brewer, but the coffee was honestly, some of the best I’ve ever had.
For those who don’t want more electronic devices, this is a low-tech way to make amazingly good coffee. As a green device, it’s great. It would make a wonderful gift.
However, when I awake I want hot coffee, immediately. I love the quality of the coffee I can make with the Asobu but I’m not ditching my plug-in coffee maker. I’ll just keep the Asobu brewing for cofeee I savor during the day.
Here is a little video featuring Asobu
Asobu makes many differfent kinds of coffee and tea accessories. For more information visit http://www.asobubottle.com
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