I don’t know about you, but my Facebook ads are very hit or miss. Sometimes they try to sell me women’s handbags (miss), or toy trains with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo on them (MISS! MISS!!), but then they’ll come through with a product that is actually interesting to me, like the HyperChiller. This little plastic canister promises to make iced coffee quickly, and without diluting it with a bunch of melted ice cubes. It also promises to work with most of the single brew coffee machines out there, like the one we have in my office. Being the unrepentant iced coffee addict that I am, I decided to take the plunge, and pick two up from their website, which were delivered yesterday.
The Way the HyperChiller works is pretty ingenious. The exterior black plastic container houses three separate compartments, two of which you fill with water and freeze. The third container is nestled in between these two frozen sections, and is where you pour your coffee. This puts your coffee in contact with a lot of frozen surface area, dropping the temperature by up to 130 degrees in just a minute or two. Of course, this means you will have to fill the two sections with water and freeze them before hand, but a real caffeine addict is always thinking about their next fix, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Soon after they were delivered yesterday, I set one up with water, and put it in the freezer to get it ready for this morning.
Anxious to put my new gizmo to the test, I took my new HyperChiller out of the freezer and went to put it under the Keurig dispenser. Wouldn’t you know it, when they say “most coffee dispensers”, they meant all of them but ours. This means that I’ll still be making coffee in a cup and then pouring it in, which is certainly doable, it’s just messier. Coffee cups are not designed for pouring, and the lid of the HyperChiller is designed for a slow, steady trickle, not a deluge. Still, I managed to get most of that sweet, caffeinated goodness into the chiller with minimal spillage.
The instructions call for you to gently swirl the coffee every once in a while to aid in the chilling process. And by gently, they definitely mean GENTLY. I filled the chiller with 10 ounces of coffee, which is designed to hold 12.5, so it wasn’t full by any stretch. Even so, I still managed to spill some even though I wasn’t overly aggressive in my swirling. Again, not a big deal, but we all know that every drop of coffee is as precious as the tears of baby Jesus Each one lost is another tiny cut in the fabric of our soul. So please, folks. If you buy one of these, be gentle.
After the longest couple of minutes of my life, it was finally time to pour myself a nice cup of iced coffee. Using the incredibly scientific temperature measuring devices at my disposal (namely my finger), I can tell you that the coffee felt, well, cold. Not freezing cold, but definitely cold. I suppose it would’ve been colder if I left it in the chiller a while longer, but I’d waited long enough, thank you. I did notice that a little water leaked out of the container while I was getting the last drops of coffee out of the chiller, but I don’t know if that’s a design flaw or operator error on my part, as it is possible I didn’t tighten down the lid.
In the past, I have been making iced coffee here at the office by simply pouring a cup of hot coffee into a steel tumbler full of ice. It works, but it definitely loses something in translation. The HyperChiller gave me a stronger coffee flavor, and a lot less melted ice. In other words, SUCCESS! I am now able to make it through the rest of my morning with a nice iced coffee buzz, and may even be able to get a second round out of it before I have to let it freeze up again.
the HyperChiller is available from their website for about $30, which is kind of steep for what you get, but its a bargain compared to Starbucks. The chiller also seems to be a pretty quality built unit too. Aside from the leakage while pouring (which could’ve been my fault anyway. Time will tell.), the Chiller seems like its built to last, using BPA free plastic and stainless steel. It’s also designed so your hot coffee spends most of its time in contact with stainless steel surfaces, minimizing contact with the plastic. That’s a nice touch. The threads of the screw in containers and lids seem solid as well, which is also nice. Besides, most importantly, its a magical device that delivers me undiluted iced coffee. How can you put a price on that?
Now, if you will excuse me, I think it’s time to see about having that second cup.