In past Holiday Gift Lists, our "go-to" immersion brewer was the Eva Solo brewer, but this year, we've found something different for you, and something a lot less expensive: the Sowden Oskar Softbrew coffee brewer.
Made with extremely high grade porcelain and a engineered filter with thousands of micropores, this is a modern yet classic approach to immersion brew coffee. It works like any other immersion brewer: grind your coffee, add to the large filter, insert the filter into the ceramic brewer, and add hot water. Let steep for a set time, then pour. The filter occupies the majority of the brewer's interior, so ground coffee is in touch with the brewing water for the entire brew.
The filter's design is such that a wide variety of grind sizes can be used, from near turkish grind to a more coarse drip or even press pot grind. Sowden has experimented with this brewer extensively and found it suitable for a wide variety of brewing styles, including cold (toddy) brewing. And a bonus - it's great looking!
There are a variety of sizes available in this brewer, from 2 cups up to 8 cups.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.