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.

Editor’s Picks: Best Nespresso Machines

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker

On the hunt for a snazzy new Nespresso, but not sure which machine is best for you? We’ve reviewed three consumer favorites to help you: Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Essenza, and a DeLonghi machine that uses Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso CitiZ C110 Espresso Maker ($249). Somewhat reminiscent of a 1950s diner jukebox, the CitiZ is as much a great espresso machine as it is a cool accent piece on your kitchen counter. This sleek little machine comes in red, silver, and black, and whips up a perfect cup of espresso every time. It’s super user-friendly, too – just pop in a Nespresso capsule and hit the button. If you’re looking for a milk frother, upgrade to the CitiZ with Aeroccino Milk Frother for just a few bucks more.

Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker ($90.83). Much like the CitiZ, the Essenza will give you a consistently good espresso, using pre-measured Nespresso capsules. Its simple design makes it foolproof to use, making it a great pick for those early mornings when you can’t be bothered to do more than toss in a capsule and press one button. Capsules come in lots of flavors and intensities, and half the fun is experimenting with different flavors in your new machine to find your favorite.

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System ($383.70). If you love the Nespresso capsules, but want to make more than a simple shot of espresso, try the DeLonghi Lattissima. It makes tasty lattes and cappuccinos using your favorite capsule flavors at just the touch of a button. The combination of Nespresso’s capsule technology with DeLonghi’s milk frothing technology makes for a perfect match. Note: some users say the Lattissima doesn’t make a hot enough espresso without running a round of water through it first to heat it up.

Overall, we’ve found that these Nespresso machines are user-friendly and visually pleasing. The brand’s capsules come in many flavors so you’re likely to find at least one that hits the spot, and the handy intensity and flavor wheels (available in stores and online) can help you decide which ones to try. Just make sure you factor in the cost of the capsules while making your decision on which machine to purchase.

Of course, no matter which Nespresso machine you choose, you’re guaranteed its best perk: the serious convenience of a one-touch shot.

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.