Zojirushi has some small appliances. Their bread machines are popular as a higher end home baking system. They also make a couple coffee makers. What makes them different is that they have ways of making iced coffee easier.
Their Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker allows you to brew iced or hot coffee in the same machine. The iced coffee will be more concentrated to make up for the ice you add. It has 4 settings for the warming plate so you can turn it off if you make Japanese iced coffee – coffee that is brewed directly into ice. It has a glass carafe. It comes with an ice basket that helps with measurement of how much ice to use.
The Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker brews up to 10 cups of coffee. It has a pre-infusion cycle that wets the coffee grounds that allows the coffee to bloom.
Both coffee makers have a filter basket that side loads making it easier to keep under cabinets.
The Victor crew came across an interesting flavor profile for coffee: Rosemary Coffee. There is a hotel in Charleston, SC called The Restoration that has a coffee bar called The Rise in their public space. They receive coffees and teas from all over the world. They also blend teas with notes of poppy, chamomile, and lavender. The thought of rosemary iced coffee sounds wonderful! But I can’t go all the way down to Charleston to get it!
Search engines to the rescue! Here are some variations we found:
Rosemary Simple Syrup:
3-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly until dissolved. Add rosemary and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn to low and for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 15-30 minutes to desired flavor. Add to your cold-brewed coffee in the amount you crave.
We’ve heard of an Arnold Palmer – lemonade and tea mixed together but never lemonade and coffee. Seems it is popular in some other countries. In Sweden it’s called Kaffelemonad, in Portugal it’s known as Mazagran.
Mazagran is made by mixing 1 cup cold coffee with 1/2 cup lemon juice, granulated sugar to taste, and ice. Will we try it? Possibly. You can also add spices or herbs to change the flavor – try vanilla, cinnamon, or other herbs.