Perfected over the past 5 years, BodyBrew is a patented cold brew coffee system that’s claimed to make up to 15% more extract than other cold brewers, while reducing unhealthy cholesterol, decreasing the chances of experiencing a burning stomach, and reducing teeth stains and acid wear.
Unlike French press, espresso, drip coffee, and single serving methods of brewing coffee, all of which contain oily diterpene compounds such as Cafestol and Kahweol, BodyBrew claims to remove these from your coffee, which is where their “drink coffee naked” slogan comes in.
As a result, BodyBrew claims to help reduce Cafestol by 82%, which can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, decrease acid consumption by 69%, and reduce tannic acid by 58%. As such, BodyBrew is dubbed “the heart, stomach, and smile friendly coffee maker.”
In order to accomplish this, BodyBrew works over 6 steps:
- Add course ground coffee to the Max Extraction stainless filter (no need to constantly buy paper filters). Then, attach the filter cap and insert the filter cartridge into the brew chamber.
- Add cold water to the fill line.
- Brew for 12-24 hours. No heat or electricity are needed, and the longer your brew your grounds the stronger the extract will be. Each brew cycle produces 24oz of concentrated coffee extract, which will make 10-12 cups of hot or iced coffee.
- Flip to transfer the coffee extract into the built-in bean Kanteen.
- Store your extract in the refrigerator for hot or iced coffee on demand for up to 2 weeks. In fact, you can even re-brew grounds to save money.
- When you’re finished, you can pour 1-3oz of coffee extract into BodyBrew’s easy pour twist cap, add to the cup of your choice, and dilute with hot water to taste.
According to the company, each BodyBrew system is modular, compact and spill-proof, which means that it can travel with you for coffee at home, at the office, or on a camping trip. On top of this, it’s made of Tritan, a BPA, BPS, PVC, and phthalate-free material that’s also dishwasher-friendly.
Different BodyBrew Models
Overall, BodyBrew cold brewing systems are available in 3 different packages:
- BOD Experience – Ideal for those new to cold brewing. Contains the BOD System, a customer shotglass, and recipe guide.
- BOD Explorer – For those who might already be familiar with cold brewing and who want to take it on the go. Includes everything found in the Experience package, with the addition of a Mini Bean Kanteen.
- BOD Expert – For this who “want it all.” Includes everything found in the Explorer package, with the addition of a Baby Bean Kanteen and custom timer.
Granted, BodyBrew seems to have taken cold brewing to another level. But when it comes down to it, are the health benefits you’ll achieve using BodyBrew’s system worth they money you’ll pay, and can you achieve them through any other methods? Consider the following:
What are Diterpenes Cafestol and Kahweol?
According to CoffeeAndHealth.org, “diterpenes cafestol and kahweol are both naturally present in the oil contained in coffee. Studies have shown that high consumption of these compounds can raise serum levels of total and LDL cholesterol.”
However, it’s important to note that, “The impact is largely related to the method of brewing since these compounds are largely retained in the paper filter in filtered coffee.” On top of this, “Some studies suggest that diterpenes may also have a protective role against some cancers, including colorectal cancer, although further research is required before any conclusions can be reached.”
In other words, your traditional paper-filtered coffee pot will largely remove most of these diterpenes contained in coffee, which might also have some beneficial health benefits. As such, like with many other chemical compounds, diterpenes shouldn’t be classified as exclusively “good” or “bad.”
Is Tannic Acid Really Bad for Your Teeth? What about Your Stomach?
It’s true that tannic acid, “(the stuff that makes the dark color) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel and can stain teeth brown,” and can even lead to stomach irritation, although this usually only occurs when consumed in high doses.
And while there’s not much that can be done to prevent stomach irritation (except not drinking too much coffee), you can rinse your mouth with water after drinking your traditionally brewed coffee, sip your iced coffee through a straw, or even “wipe your front teeth with a tissue” to prevent tannic acid from causing stains.
Other Cold Brew Coffee Options
Cold-brewed coffee has experienced a massive increase in popularity recently, which has caused a lot of companies to try and meet this new demand. As such, while cold-brewed coffee makers previously looked like something out of a high school chemistry set, companies such as BodyBrew have started making the process seem less intimidating and more straightforward.
As such, you’ll find an ever-increasing selection of cold brew coffee makers relatively similar to BodyBrew, including Primula, Hario, OXO, and more. Granted, many of these may not have all the same features as BodyBrew’s models, but the point is that you have choices.
In fact, if you’ve never tried cold-brewed coffee before and want to test it out before committing to an expensive purchase, more and more coffee chains are offering it to customers, including Starbucks.
What Are Customers Saying About BodyBrew?
BodyBrew’s systems hadn’t yet shipped at the time of our research (more about this in the Pricing section), so any online reviews, including those found at GizMag, DigitalTrends, and TechHive, were based on information available through the company’s website.
From a company perspective, BodyBrew is manufactured by Bean Logik LLC based out of Vancouver, WA, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau, a no additional information was available elsewhere online.
BodyBrew Pricing & Refund Policy
BodyBrew packages are priced as follows:
- BOD Experience: $59
- BOD Explorer: $69
- BOD Expert: $79
- “Drink Coffee Naked” T-Shirt: $25
BodyBrew was undergoing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at the time of our research, where the startup had raised $44,800 based on a goal of $50K. As such, the estimated delivery stood at September 15th.
All BodyBrew purchases come with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to send a message through BodyBrew’s online contact form.
Should You Buy a BodyBrew Cold Brewing System?
Chopping to the point: If you’ve used cold brewing coffee systems in the past and enjoyed the experience (as well as the additional coffee you can obtain from the same amount of loose grounds), then BodyBrew’s patented, go-anywhere design might provide you with an even better experience.
However, if you’re new to cold brewing, you may want to try a DIY system before committing your hard-earned money to a BodyBrew system.
In either instance though, the health benefits provided by BodyBrew’s system seem to be fairly negligible, and many of the downfalls associated with traditional coffee brewing may be relatively easy to avoid, without having to invest in an entirely new system.
If you do decide to give BodyBrew a try though, you can always fall back on the company’s 90-day refund policy if you’re dissatisfied, although you’ll be out a decent chunk of change in lose S&H charges.
Have you tried BodyBrew’s cold brewing system? Was it easy to use? Did you experience any healthy benefits? Tell the world about it by writing a review below!