2 Coffee Makers Made in the USA Offer Cool New Ways to Brew

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

These 2 Coffee Makers Made in the USA Give You Tasty Coffee with Less Fuss

If you’re like most coffee lovers, you probably have your favorite stand-by coffee maker. No doubt, you swear by your machine’s java prowess, know intimately how it works, and don’t mind the occasional bitter brew. You probably rarely think of giving it up for some new-fangled brewer.

But if you’re like us, you probably get tired of the same old same old every morning and like to try something different. We’ve found 2 new coffee makers, made in the USA, that brew tasty, less bitter coffee in interesting new ways: the Toddy T2N Cold Brew System and the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Press. Both are available for under $35, and both won’t leave you disappointed.

Slow Brew Cold Brew with the Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

The Toddy T2N Cold Brew System might strike some coffee lovers as a bit of an oxymoron—how can you brew good coffee without heat? But cold brew methods aren’t just for cowboys on the range. The Toddy produces coffee that is both delicious and less acidic—67% less acidic, in fact. Toddy’s cold brew is one of the smoothest cups we’ve tasted, and it’s ideal for iced coffee or tea.

The Toddy uses coarse grounds that are steeped overnight for best results. You then filter the grounds in a method similar to a French press. The resulting coffee is highly concentrated and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. This means you can have your coffee already brewed and ready before you wake up in the morning, and you can dilute it to taste with hot milk or water, or just over ice.

The Toddy T2N comes with a glass brewing container with handle, a stylish decanter with lid, two reusable filters, and a rubber stopper. We also like the free recipe book that comes with each Toddy.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

Make Delicious Coffee in 30 Seconds with the Aerobie AeroPress

The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Press is equally enticing. An exciting new twist on the tried and true French press method, the AeroPress is ruggedly constructed and can brew up to four cups of low-acid coffee with either hot or cold water. Let the water and grounds mix for 10 seconds, then gently push the mix through a micro-filter for 20 seconds. Like with a French press, the air pressure squeezes flavor from the grounds, producing a very smooth, non-bitter coffee.

You can use coarse or fine coffee grounds in the AeroPress, which comes equipped with a funnel, scoop, stirrer, and 350 micro filters. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe, the AeroPress is one of the sexiest coffee makers we’ve tried in a long time.

So who says Americans don’t make anything anymore? These 2 coffee makers made in the USA make great American-style coffee and would make excellent additions to your kitchen.

How Do You Make It? Percolating Thoughts on Percs

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

One of our fondest childhood memories is the splash of brown liquid that periodically popped into the bubble in the center of the chrome lid and the rich aroma flooding the kitchen from the frosted formica countertop. It was almost enough to overpower the vast clouds of cigarette smoke.

Growing up in the sixties and seventies, all the grown-ups we knew smoked 2 packs per day and brewed endless cups of coffee in percolators. Everyone had one in the kitchen and it was always perking away.

Sleek, streamlined, and way more efficient than traditional stove-top coffee-making methods, the percolator epitomized the modern world of Mad Men and Madison Avenue. Housewives everywhere loved the lack of mess and convenience these little chrome pots offered, even though the coffee they brewed tended to taste a bit muddy.

That’s because the brewing process in a percolator often overheats the water and forces brewed coffee back through the grounds, producing a less than optimal cup. When percolators were popular, few people cared much that coffee tastes better when brewed at temperatures slightly below boiling. Indeed, that percolators produced perfectly plasma-hot pots of coffee was one of their principal appeals.

Count on a Rumford to Burn on a Stove

That’s no surprise because the percolator was invented by one of science’s pioneers of heat studies, Sir Benjamin Thompson. Known in Germany as Count Rumford, Thompson was born in colonial Massachusetts, where he first developed his interest in science and things that go boom. During the American Revolution, Thompson abandoned his wife and fought for the Loyalists, helping the British develop more effective explosives, which drew nods from the Royal Society in London.

But it was in Germany, Bavaria to be more precise, that Thompson really made a name for himself as an Enlightenment Geek of the highest order. The Holy Roman Emperor appointed Thompson to reorganize the army and eradicate poverty.

Made a Count of the HRE and taking the name of his childhood home, the newly named Count Rumford invented Rumford Soup, an early attempt at nutrition that includes 1 part barley, 1 part yellow peas, 4 parts potatoes, salt, and sour beer which became a common soldier’s ration in Eastern Europe into the twentieth century.

Count Rumford experimented widely on the nature of heat and refined many household items, inventing the Rumford Roaster, the Rumford Fireplace, and the percolator, an entirely new way of brewing coffee.

No Match for Mr. Coffee’s Unbelievable Hitting Streak

Rumford’s heat studies made him a household name at science academies and other egghead clubs everywhere. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences even forgave his Loyalist activities and made him an honorary member as early as 1789. But Rumford never patented his percolator and it didn’t become widely available to consumers until the 1920s, long after he had been forgotten.

Then, almost overnight, around the early 1970s, percolators went the way of the mastodon. What happened?

In short, a guy named Mr. Coffee killed the percolator. He was a dapper, grandfatherly gentleman who looked remarkably like Yankee great Joe DiMaggio and appeared on television hawking a new-fangled machine called an automatic-drip coffee maker.

Introducing the Verismo System

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

First, a little lingo lesson: verismo is Italian for “realism.” And that’s just what Starbucks is trying to recreate for you in your own home with the new Verismo at-home system. The Verismo System 580 and Verismo System V.585 will let you enjoy authentic, Starbucks-quality coffee drinks without having to head out to the local cafe.

The Verismo system uses specially designed Verismo Pods to make a Starbucks espresso, coffee, or latte with pre-measured, consistent quality. Like other pod systems, the Verismo is simple to use – just pop in a pod or two, press a button, and voila. And they come in five colors, so are sure to match any kitchen décor.

Meet the Machines

Verismo System 580 ($199) and the Verismo System V.585 ($399) both have a 19 bar pressure pump, manual water level regulator, and heat up in 15 seconds or less. Why the cost difference? The V.585 has more bells and whistles: a temperature variation control button (for those of you who like your lattes extra hot), LED display, and an internal water filtration system. Plus it’s also just plain bigger, holding 3.5 liters of water and 30 pods compared to the 580’s 1 liter and 10 pods.

Ready to buy? Order online for free shipping.

Enjoy (or godere as they say in Italy)!

Editor’s Pick: Hamilton Single Scoop Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach Single Scoop Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach Single Scoop Coffee Maker

If you’re in the market for a single scoop coffee maker, then the Hamilton Beach Single Scoop Coffee Maker may be a worthy contender. Very affordably priced under $60, this machine brews single servings of coffee using your favorite beans – no pods, K-Cups, or special filters needed.

With the HB Single Scoop, you get to use your own beans. Read: no need to wait for your favorite micro-roaster to join the K-Cup crowd. Just grind and add. It even comes with two metal scoops to make the perfect cup of coffee. You can make an 8-ounce mug of coffee or a 14-ounce travel mug size, and you can pick between two brewing strengths – regular or bold – to suit your tastes. All of this under two minutes and at just pennies per cup (compared to .25 to .50 for individual pods).

It’s worth noting that some users complained of weak coffee due to the water not hitting all of the grounds. As with all our reviews, we recommend reading a few other consumer reviews before making a decision.