Yama 6-8 Cup Cold Drip Tower (32 oz) | Product Reviews
There are several ways to make cold brew coffee. There is the immersion method, where you submerge coffee grounds in water and let the coffee brew for 12-24 hours. Then there is the cold drip method, where you let ice or ice water drip onto coffee grounds and down into a carafe below. Finally, there is the nitro cold brew method, where you submerge coffee grounds for 12-24 hours, remove the grounds, then add a liquid nitrogen canister to make the coffee cold.
Each method has their own benefits and drawbacks, with the immersion method being the most economical and easiest kind of cold brew to make. Today I will be reviewing the Yama Cold Drip Tower, which uses the cold drip method. This tower costs between $255 and $265, depending on which color tower you choose. I chose the straight black wood frame, which costs $255.
How to Use the Cold Drip Tower:
Follow the directions and build the tower. Make sure to wash the glass components and ceramic filter before and after you use them.
Most people report that they prefer using a light to medium roasted coffee. I use a light to medium roast coffee and find that it produces an amazing flavor. You are making a concentrate, so whatever notes are in your coffee are going to be more pronounced.
Measure out the amount of coffee grounds you want to use for the amount of filtered water you want to use. You can change the amount of coffee and water you use until you get the taste you prefer, but remember you are making a concentrate, so you will use a higher coffee to water/ice ratio (usually about 5 tablespoons per 6 ounces of coffee) than you would for traditionally brewed drip coffee.
Add the ceramic filter, then add the coffee grounds.
Warm up some filtered water and pour over your coffee grounds. Make sure to include this amount of water with the total amount of water you are using. I usually warm it up between 150 and 190 degrees. This will jump start your brewing process so you don't have to wait as long and it doesn't seem to affect the taste.
I usually warm up 3/4 cup of filtered water and pour slowly over the grounds until the grounds are almost saturated all the way. You'll want to stop before the water reaches your filter so it doesn't go into the carafe below. You are basically just wetting the grounds so the cold filtered water can get to the carafe faster.
Add your paper filter that came with the tower on top of the grounds. This prevents the ice water from tunneling into your coffee and spreads the water out evenly.
Weigh your filtered water and/or ice on a scale and add it to the water/ice compartment. I add the ice first and water second so the water doesn't splash everywhere.
Set the drip to about one drip per second. You may have to adjust this periodically because the temperature of the water seems to affect the drip speed. I usually check on it about every half an hour.
I find this process takes anywhere between 5-8 hours. Some people recommend that you make the cold brew overnight, but I found that I have to keep adjusting the drip speed and I have to add ice and water periodically, so I recommend making cold brew when you can keep an eye on it.
Pros and Cons:
The pros are that this method produces very clean tasting cold brew. I found that I can detect the notes of the coffee much better than with the immersion cold brew method and it is even less bitter than the immersion cold brew method. I really think the taste is so much better than immersion cold brew overall and I prefer this method even though it is time consuming. If you care a great deal about quality and the taste of your cold brew, this method produces a great tasting cold brew. Another pro is that the tower itself is really pretty and just cool to look at. It looks like a science experiment or lab equipment and will most likely get many compliments.
The cons are that this method is time consuming and expensive. For many people, setting aside 5-8 hours isn't feasible, so they prefer using the immersion cold brew method because they can just put it in the refrigerator and leave it for 12-24 hours. The cold drip tower also has components that are fragile, so if you think that it might get knocked over, it might not be right for you because the glass components can be expensive to replace.
I really enjoy using this cold brew method and think that the price, even though expensive, is worth it for the quality and the taste of the cold brew. As long as you take care of it, it will last you a long time.
What do you think about this method of cold brew? Have you ever heard of this method? Do you prefer this method or another method? Do you think you will buy this? Are you interested or is this too much work? Let me know your thoughts below!