Let me start off by saying that my husband is the gear tester in our house. I’m NOT an outdoor person, and my idea of camping out involves room service! But I do like coffee, especially iced, cold-brew coffee, so when the opportunity to test a new cold brew system occurred, I strongly encouraged him to let me test it. I will be looking at ease of use, flavor of coffee as well as the cost of using the system.
The gosh! Dripo arrived in a carton that looked like a cardboard milk jug, and consists of 4 separate pieces: the lid, the water reservoir, the coffee chamber with stainless steel filter, and the travel mug. All the pieces screw together to brew the coffee, and then the water reservoir and the coffee chamber can be easily disconnected from the travel mug so you can take your coffee with you on the go. The package also came with a starter set of filters, which are available to purchase separately.
Dripo originally started as a Kickstarter, and is now available on their website www.getdripo.com for $34.95, and a pack of 50 filters for $4.95.
Pulling the system out of the box I did glance at the directions, which had pictures along with the description. I had to handwash the pieces because the directions stated they were not dishwasher safe (ding on ease of use!!), but other than that, I was able to follow the pictures and set up my system to start brewing the nectar of the gods. I used Starbucks Christmas blend because it’s my husband’s favorite and we stock up after the holidays, and added 30g to the coffee chamber. If you are like me and don’t know what 30g is, just refer to the measuring line on said coffee chamber. I filled the water section to the tippy top with filtered water to get the most coffee possible. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to brew, so I set it up the night before to be ready for the next morning.
The coffee came out a little pale, but it had a smooth bold flavor that was delicious. In my initial trial of the system, I used cold water, so in future trials, I will add ice to the water section prior to brewing to see if that changes the strength of the coffee. I will also experiment with adding different amounts of coffee. Along with the 30g measure on the coffee chamber, there are also 20g and 40g measures. Since I set it up to brew overnight, I didn’t time how long it took to brew the coffee, but the website indicates 1.5-2 hours. I will be timing this in future brews.
I look forward to many cups of coffee with this new system as I hone it to my personal taste. Thanks to 4Alloutdoors.org and gosh! Dripo for providing the product for this review.