Getting a good cup of iced coffee at home is quite tricky. Cold brew is such a time consuming process, and pouring hot coffee over ice yields watered-down, flavorless coffee. Luckily, Zojirushi's new Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker is the solution to this chilled coffee dilemma.
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There’s no question that brewing your coffee at home is way less expensive than relying on your café of choice for your daily cup of joe. That being said, it’s sometimes hard to make bold, flavorful iced coffee at home. Even if you brew your coffee hours in advance in order to let it sit out and come to room temperature, your iced beverage can end up lacking a fresh-brewed flavor.

As the cold brew trend continues to gain traction, many people are starting to experiment with this process at home. The problem is that, still, it requires an overnight steeping period. There is no golden solution for the caffeine drinker who wants a bold iced coffee right now.

Then the Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker came into our lives. At first, we were skeptical at the fact it brews iced coffee. Keep in mind that this is different from cold brew. Cold brew coffee never reaches high temperatures in the brewing process, whereas this new apparatus brews your coffee at 200°F, however with features like the ice basket and the ability to turn off the “Keep Warm” setting, your coffee can be chilled to the touch the moment it’s brewed.

We were all genuinely surprised and impressed by the intense flavor of the instantly brewed iced coffee. The machine can also brew up to 12 cups of hot coffee, if you're not in the mood for iced. The machine is slightly bigger than the average coffee machine, but definitely worth the added size for its extra capabilities.

This makes for the perfect gift for your iced-coffee loving friends, or maybe you are ready to make an investment to stop paying for $4 iced beverages daily. Either way, this appliance gets our nod of approval because we haven’t stopped sipping iced coffee after iced coffee since we brought it home.

The Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker is available online for $149.99