Have you ever wanted to make your very own glass of cold brew coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen? Could you imagine being able to brew it in 10 minutes instead of 12 hours, faster than you could walk, run, or drive to your favorite coffee shop?
FirstBuild, a co-creation community that aims to lessen the gap between "the maker movement and real marketable products," has developed Prisma Cold Brew Coffee (video below), as reported by EnGadget.
"My wife loves cold brew," said Justin Brown, a senior design engineer at FirstBuild who's also the inventor behind Prisma Cold Brew Coffee, previously known as the Pique. "But we found it very difficult to plan the night before in order to make it."
Brewing at low temperatures extracts subtle, flavorful notes within the coffee grounds while leaving much of the bitterness behind, which has made cold brew coffee a popular beverage among coffee connoisseurs and casual coffee drinks alike.
However, cold brew coffee typically takes 12 hours or more to make, as coarse ground coffee is steeped in water in the refrigerator or on a counter. By using a vacuum infusion process, Prisma Cold Brew Coffee has developed a way to drastically reduce the time to 10 minutes.
"It's basically an infusion process," said Taylor Dawson, a "product evangelist" with FirstBuild. "Vacuum infusion is actually pretty commonly used in other industries; we're not reinventing the wheel here."
As traditional cold brew is generally made with coarse ground coffee, Prisma Cold Brew Coffee is created with a finer ground.
"The grind needs to be fine," says Brown. "You need a lot of surface area of coffee to water, to increase the extraction."
Furthermore, both traditionally-made cold brew as well as the innovative Prisma appliance need to be manually stirred.
Developed in collaboration with Sunergos Coffee, the quality of coffee brewed using Prisma has even pleased some of the toughest critics at Coffee Fest Dallas.
Over $83,000 has been raised so far towards Prisma’s Indiegogo campaign. As the appliance plans to retail at $299, the super early bird package is offering its backers a chance to obtain this innovative machine with a $70 discount.