BodyBrew Coffee System claims to be an innovative, elegant cold brew coffee maker that will make your cup of joe less acidic, with lower cholesterol, and have better taste to boot. They tout its minimalist design lets you take it anywhere, requires no electricity, and you can even re-brew grounds to save money.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
BodyBrew Coffee System is essentially a sleek version of the cold brew coffee method, where coarse beans are soaked in cold water for 12 hours or more before serving. This method is said to go back to the ancient Peruvians but brought to America in 1964 by Cornell student Todd Simpson, who tasted it while traveling in Peru; he went on to develop a cold brew system he calls the Toddy.
One of the main benefits of cold brew is that it is less acidic. A study by Toddy estimated cold brew has 67% less than other methods while BodyBrew points to one that says theirs is 69% less. Cold brewing also produces less cafestol, a compound linked to higher cholesterol (BodyBrew claims 82% less).
BodyBrew contents that studies show French press and espresso machine coffee is oilier and produces more cafestol – they state BodyBrew produces 82% less. We did find a study that seemed to support this but it also noted that roasting times of the beans is also a factor. A question about cholesterol and coffee that was answered by Dr. Weill said that studies do show brewing methods to be a factor, but also that it tended to affect people with already higher cholesterol. (He concluded that paper filtered or instant coffee had the lowest levels.)
Cold brew also tends to have more caffeine, and while BodyBrew claims coffee brewed this method tastes a little sweeter and better, some aficionados feel hot water brewing releases more nuanced flavors.
How BodyBrew Coffee System Works
BodyBrew takes the old-fashioned cold press method and appears to add a bit of technology and modern design. It’s main unit is 12.5 inches and said to make 8-12 cups in a slender spill/shatter proof vial that is stainless steel on the outside and free of BPAs, PVCs, and Phalates inside. It has a stainless steel filter and a digital count up timer to let you know how long you’ve been brewing.
To use BodyBrew, they instruct you to fill with your favorite grounds and add water. Then, let BodyBrew Coffee System do its thang for 12-24 hours and flip it over. Your cold brewed coffee concentrate will transfer into a separate container, which can be stored for up to 2 weeks. You can then add the concentrate to hot water for a morning wake-up or to iced water for a mid-day cool down.
BodyBrew Coffee System is being crowdfunded through indiegogo where they have raised over $41,000 so far. The basic BodyBrew Coffee System is called the BOD Experience and can be pre-ordered for $59 with an expected ship date of Sept. 15. (You can pledge to receive other items including a “Drink Coffee Naked” t-shirt for $25.)
BodyBrew says that once the product is shipped you will have 90 days to try it and if you don’t like it they will refund your money, minus shipping and handling.
Bottom Line: Is BodyBrew Coffee System a Good Idea?
It is estimated that 83 million adults drink coffee in the U.S. and chains like Starbucks have turned an upscale cappuccino into a mainstream beverage. There are indeed many different ways to have your coffee, and, while acids and cholesterol may be a factor, caffeine is another. And so is taste and brewing time.
Generally speaking, coffee is actually thought to be good for you – those that drink it are less likely to have diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, and maybe even cancer. (The acids can cause heartburn.)
BodyBrew is actually a re-design of the Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker System a product they launched in 2011 and received mixed reviews for its bulk and leaky connections. (BodyBrew Coffee System claims to be addressing these with their new release.)
Right now, BodyBrew is essentially vaporware as it won’t ship until September 2015. If you are a coffee drinker that likes to be the first on your block with the latest gadget, you can pre-order now but will have to wait ‘til fall for satisfaction.
If you are jonesing for a new way to brew coffee right now, we suggest trying to make a cold brew system yourself from a mason jar. Try it and see if the method/flavor appeals to you. Then decide if you want to take the plunge on BodyBrew or some other cold brew system.
And let us know your experience with BodyBrew below!