The Hourglass Effect

There’s an art to cold-brewed coffee, and Bob Neace’s grandfather had it down pat. His coffee was smooth, never bitter and always sought after. But his brewing methods were fairly cumbersome, involving cheesecloth and a big barrel. So Bob started tinkering, trying to replicate his grandfather’s cold-brewed success with an easier, more modern coffeemaker. He teamed with Todd Maas and their first prototype was made with a mason jar, beer cozy and duct tape. After a few years of refinements, Bob and Todd created the sleek, portable Hourglass. Just add coffee grounds (or loose tea), cover with cold water, and let the grounds steep overnight or for up to 72 hours. After steeping, flip the unit and pour the extract into a canteen (included with the system). When you’re ready for some java, just add the concentrated extract to hot water for traditional coffee, or ice it down for cold coffee drinks. You can adjust the water ratio depending on how strong you like your coffee, and the extract can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Indeed, it’s got all the qualities of a great Grommet: Inventive, with a spoonful of family history and no trace of bitterness. Good to the last drop!

Hourglass

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The Hourglass Effect

There’s an art to cold-brewed coffee, and Bob Neace’s grandfather had it down pat. His coffee was smooth, never bitter and always sought after. But his brewing methods were fairly cumbersome, involving cheesecloth and a big barrel. So Bob started tinkering, trying to replicate his grandfather’s cold-brewed success with an easier, more modern coffeemaker. He teamed with Todd Maas and their first prototype was made with a mason jar, beer cozy and duct tape. After a few years of refinements, Bob and Todd created the sleek, portable Hourglass. Just add coffee grounds (or loose tea), cover with cold water, and let the grounds steep overnight or for up to 72 hours. After steeping, flip the unit and pour the extract into a canteen (included with the system). When you’re ready for some java, just add the concentrated extract to hot water for traditional coffee, or ice it down for cold coffee drinks. You can adjust the water ratio depending on how strong you like your coffee, and the extract can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Indeed, it’s got all the qualities of a great Grommet: Inventive, with a spoonful of family history and no trace of bitterness. Good to the last drop!

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bob
    Bob

    I’m Bob Neace, Co-founder of Hourglass Coffee. Thanks for taking time to learn more about the Hourglass Coffee Maker. The Hourglass brews without heat or electricity, using only cold water and produces a coffee extract that has 69.6% less acid than drip coffee and 82% less cholesterol elevating compounds than French Press or Espresso. The Hourglass allows you to have coffee anywhere, anytime. Once brewed, coffee is stored in the portable Bean Kanteen for instant hot or iced coffee drinks and coffee on the go. The Hourglass is made from BPA free plastic and is spill proof and shatterproof. I’m here to answer questions so thank you again for featuring the Hourglass.

  • Mark C.
    Mark C.
    6/18/2010 1:01 PM

    Bob, this sounds like a great product! I have two questions. First, how do you store the extract it produces (i.e. does it need to be refrigerated)? Second, assuming proper storage, what is the average "shelf life" of the extract (assuming you don't consume it all right away.)

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/18/2010 1:07 PM

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the question. The extract stores in the companion Bean Kanteen that comes with the system (it's the little container you see in the photo) All the materials are completely portable so you can take that with you. Since the Hourglass makes about 8 servings of coffee per brew cycle we recommend storing the extract in the refrigerator at some point but the extract can be out for a day or so if you are camping etc. It will keep fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks but most coffee lovers will drink 8 servings in less time than that!

    Thank you for your question.

  • Kate
    Kate
    6/18/2010 1:19 PM

    In the details it says it is also good for loose leaf tea. Does this process also improve the taste of tea? Can you use one unit for both coffee and tea - any special cleaning instructions?

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/18/2010 1:39 PM

    Hi Kate,

    Great question. Since tea has some of the same tannic acids that coffee has when exposed to hot water you can brew loose leaf tea for a naturally low acid tea in the Hourglass. It will produce a tea extract that can be diluted to taste with hot or cold water and the tea is so naturally sweet it is really amazing. I especially like green tea brewed in the Hourglass since green tea can become very bitter when steeped too long in boiling water.

    If you are using your Hourglass for both coffee and tea be sure to give it a good hand washing before using for the next beverage-remember the Hourglass and all its parts are hand wash only though-with warm/hot soapy water to make sure there is no transfer of flavors.

    We have many customers that like it for both coffee and tea and want to keep both brewing all the time (I'm one of those) so often they will have 2 Hourglasses so they can keep both coffee and tea on hand anytime.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/18/2010 5:07 PM

    I really love how this product evolved from a family tradition. Very clever!

  • Claire
    Claire
    6/19/2010 8:21 PM

    My mother is from New Orleans and cold drip coffee is pretty universal there (as is coffee with chicory). She would dilute with milk for either ice coffee or cafe au lait (heated). I'll have to try adding water because I usually end up with quite a rich mix when I use her coffee syrup...

  • Samantha V.
    Samantha V.
    6/20/2010 3:32 PM

    i have a queston for you. do the directions tell you how many hours for steeping? or do we just have to wing it for the first few times??

    thank you, i am very interested in this product and will probably invest in 2. one for coffe and one for sweet tea..

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/20/2010 3:59 PM

    @Samantha - You want to steep the coffee for a minimum of 12 hours. Longer will give you a stronger coffee extract and the Hourglass team recommends 18-24 hours for the best flavor. We're glad that this looks like a Grommet that fits your life!

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/20/2010 4:54 PM

    Hi Samantha, Katherine covered the coffee steeping question accurately, 12 hours or more. I personally love the 24 hour brew with a french roast. Yum.

    Tea is the same,, 12 hours minimum to achieve the tea extract that can be diluted with hot or cold water. Longer brew time produces a stronger extract. I always have 1 tea cycle going and 1 coffee cycle so I can instantly have either anytime. Enjoy!

  • Julie N.
    Julie N.
    7/13/2010 8:58 PM

    The BEST iced coffee ever. Run, don't walk to order!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/13/2010 9:09 PM

    @Julie - Good to know! Thank you for stopping by!!

  • Tori Tait - Daily Grommet Community Team
    Tori Tait - Daily Grommet Community Team – Grommet Team
    10/18/2010 6:40 PM

    I just had to share, on a recent trip to Seattle - I had cold brewed coffee. I didn't think there was "much" difference in preparing coffee with the cold-brewed method but I was wrong! The cold brewing really strips out any acidity in the coffee and transforms it into this cold, smooth, delightful coffee drink.

  • Erik
    Erik
    11/10/2010 3:33 PM

    Could you freeze a portion of the brewed coffee to drink at a later date?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2010 6:40 PM

    @Erik: I have forwarded your question on to Bob. Thank you for posting!

  • Bob Neace
    Bob Neace
    11/10/2010 7:03 PM

    @Erik: Yes you can, I just pour mine in ice cube trays and it works great.

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    1/24/2011 5:03 PM

    Hi,

    Will this be back in stock soon? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/24/2011 5:53 PM

    @Kelly: We did a physical count and found a few to be still in-stock. We have made the product orderable again. Thank you!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Hourglass

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The Hourglass Effect

There’s an art to cold-brewed coffee, and Bob Neace’s grandfather had it down pat. His coffee was smooth, never bitter and always sought after. But his brewing methods were fairly cumbersome, involving cheesecloth and a big barrel.

So Bob started tinkering, trying to replicate his grandfather’s cold-brewed success with an easier, more modern coffeemaker. He teamed with Todd Maas and their first prototype was made with a mason jar, beer cozy and duct tape.

After a few years of refinements, Bob and Todd created the
sleek, portable Hourglass. Just add coffee grounds (or loose tea), cover with cold water, and let the grounds steep overnight or for up to 72 hours. After steeping, flip the unit and pour the extract into a canteen (included with the system). When you’re ready for some java, just add the concentrated extract to hot water for traditional coffee, or ice it down for cold coffee drinks. You can adjust the water ratio depending on how strong you like your coffee, and the extract can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Indeed, it’s got all the qualities of a great Grommet: Inventive, with a spoonful of family history and no trace of bitterness. Good to the last drop!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bob
    Bob

    I’m Bob Neace, Co-founder of Hourglass Coffee. Thanks for taking time to learn more about the Hourglass Coffee Maker. The Hourglass brews without heat or electricity, using only cold water and produces a coffee extract that has 69.6% less acid than drip coffee and 82% less cholesterol elevating compounds than French Press or Espresso. The Hourglass allows you to have coffee anywhere, anytime. Once brewed, coffee is stored in the portable Bean Kanteen for instant hot or iced coffee drinks and coffee on the go. The Hourglass is made from BPA free plastic and is spill proof and shatterproof. I’m here to answer questions so thank you again for featuring the Hourglass.

  • Mark C.
    Mark C.
    6/18/2010 1:01 PM

    Bob, this sounds like a great product! I have two questions. First, how do you store the extract it produces (i.e. does it need to be refrigerated)? Second, assuming proper storage, what is the average "shelf life" of the extract (assuming you don't consume it all right away.)

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/18/2010 1:07 PM

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the question. The extract stores in the companion Bean Kanteen that comes with the system (it's the little container you see in the photo) All the materials are completely portable so you can take that with you. Since the Hourglass makes about 8 servings of coffee per brew cycle we recommend storing the extract in the refrigerator at some point but the extract can be out for a day or so if you are camping etc. It will keep fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks but most coffee lovers will drink 8 servings in less time than that!

    Thank you for your question.

  • Kate
    Kate
    6/18/2010 1:19 PM

    In the details it says it is also good for loose leaf tea. Does this process also improve the taste of tea? Can you use one unit for both coffee and tea - any special cleaning instructions?

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/18/2010 1:39 PM

    Hi Kate,

    Great question. Since tea has some of the same tannic acids that coffee has when exposed to hot water you can brew loose leaf tea for a naturally low acid tea in the Hourglass. It will produce a tea extract that can be diluted to taste with hot or cold water and the tea is so naturally sweet it is really amazing. I especially like green tea brewed in the Hourglass since green tea can become very bitter when steeped too long in boiling water.

    If you are using your Hourglass for both coffee and tea be sure to give it a good hand washing before using for the next beverage-remember the Hourglass and all its parts are hand wash only though-with warm/hot soapy water to make sure there is no transfer of flavors.

    We have many customers that like it for both coffee and tea and want to keep both brewing all the time (I'm one of those) so often they will have 2 Hourglasses so they can keep both coffee and tea on hand anytime.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/18/2010 5:07 PM

    I really love how this product evolved from a family tradition. Very clever!

  • Claire
    Claire
    6/19/2010 8:21 PM

    My mother is from New Orleans and cold drip coffee is pretty universal there (as is coffee with chicory). She would dilute with milk for either ice coffee or cafe au lait (heated). I'll have to try adding water because I usually end up with quite a rich mix when I use her coffee syrup...

  • Samantha V.
    Samantha V.
    6/20/2010 3:32 PM

    i have a queston for you. do the directions tell you how many hours for steeping? or do we just have to wing it for the first few times??

    thank you, i am very interested in this product and will probably invest in 2. one for coffe and one for sweet tea..

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/20/2010 3:59 PM

    @Samantha - You want to steep the coffee for a minimum of 12 hours. Longer will give you a stronger coffee extract and the Hourglass team recommends 18-24 hours for the best flavor. We're glad that this looks like a Grommet that fits your life!

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/20/2010 4:54 PM

    Hi Samantha, Katherine covered the coffee steeping question accurately, 12 hours or more. I personally love the 24 hour brew with a french roast. Yum.

    Tea is the same,, 12 hours minimum to achieve the tea extract that can be diluted with hot or cold water. Longer brew time produces a stronger extract. I always have 1 tea cycle going and 1 coffee cycle so I can instantly have either anytime. Enjoy!

  • Julie N.
    Julie N.
    7/13/2010 8:58 PM

    The BEST iced coffee ever. Run, don't walk to order!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/13/2010 9:09 PM

    @Julie - Good to know! Thank you for stopping by!!

  • Tori Tait - Daily Grommet Community Team
    Tori Tait - Daily Grommet Community Team – Grommet Team
    10/18/2010 6:40 PM

    I just had to share, on a recent trip to Seattle - I had cold brewed coffee. I didn't think there was "much" difference in preparing coffee with the cold-brewed method but I was wrong! The cold brewing really strips out any acidity in the coffee and transforms it into this cold, smooth, delightful coffee drink.

  • Erik
    Erik
    11/10/2010 3:33 PM

    Could you freeze a portion of the brewed coffee to drink at a later date?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2010 6:40 PM

    @Erik: I have forwarded your question on to Bob. Thank you for posting!

  • Bob Neace
    Bob Neace
    11/10/2010 7:03 PM

    @Erik: Yes you can, I just pour mine in ice cube trays and it works great.

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    1/24/2011 5:03 PM

    Hi,

    Will this be back in stock soon? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/24/2011 5:53 PM

    @Kelly: We did a physical count and found a few to be still in-stock. We have made the product orderable again. Thank you!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.