This Three-in-One Coffee Maker Lets You Make Cold Brew, French Press, and Pour-Over Java

UncommonGoods / UncommonGoods
This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

There are so many ways to enjoy a cup of coffee—you can go for the standard hot cup on a cold day, some slow-brewed French press on a lazy weekend, or an iced brew as the temperatures outside start to rise. But buying all the different machines and contraptions necessary for all those varieties is costly, and worse, they take up a lot of precious counter space.

This three-in-one coffee maker from UncommonGoods ($140) is here to solve that by providing the necessary tools to make cold brew, French press, and pour-over coffee all in one pitcher. And you don't need to be a seasoned barista to get your brew exactly how you want it, either.

For pour-over coffee, simply put the dripper in the carafe, add a filter (standard 8–12 cup filters work) and your favorite ground coffee beans, and pour hot water over the beans. Preparing pour-over coffee gives you a lot of control over its strength and taste. While you may need to brew a few batches to figure out the ratio you like, Counter Culture Coffee recommends 1 tablespoon of coffee for every 4 ounces of water.

If you’re in the mood for French press coffee, simply fill the pitcher with your preferred ground beans and water that's just below boiling (2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water) and let it sit for four to six minutes. Once the time comes, use the cork plunger to push the grounds to the bottom and pour the coffee into your cup. 

For cold brew, just add coarsely ground coffee beans and water to the pitcher (same ratio as French press) and let it sit in the fridge overnight (10-12 hours). In the morning, push the French press plunger down on the whole thing to filter the grinds out and pour yourself a cup. The pitcher’s double insulation will help keep your cold brew, and other beverages, nice and chilly.

While this three-in-one maker may seem like a costly investment, making your coffee at home can help you save a lot of money. Business Insider estimates that the average person spends $1–$5 a cup at a coffee shop, whereas it normally costs you between 16–18 cents to make your coffee at home. Now think about how often you get coffee out, and you'll see how much this can save you every year. 

Still working on making the perfect brew? Check out these 11 tips on how to make better coffee at home.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!