Cold coffee is not the same as cold-brew coffee. What I have in my hand right now is cold coffee, welcomed into this world brewed hot and steamy, but now cold and left over. Yet it still is coffee, so down it goes. And I'm fine with that; however, many people aren't. No, not the fact that I personally am drinking cold, leftover coffee brewed from a machine, but the fact that it was hot-brewed in the first place. Cold-brewed coffee aficionados swear to their drink of choice because the resulting brew has low acidity.
One of the fun things about coffee -- besides that whole caffeine thing -- is that there are so many ways to make and enjoy it. Cold-brewed coffee might be darn near the top of the list for ease of obtaining. (Not counting drive through coffee windows.) The name gives away part the process; it doesn't require hot water. But that is only half the story. Unfortunately for procrastinators and the impatient, the other side takes time.
The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker ($49.99) is a no-nonsense coffee maker that gets straight to the point. Well, in 12 to 24 hours anyway. Now, this is not a drawback to brewing cold-brew coffee; it takes time for the coffee to be wrestled from the ground beans. And that's all there is to it: grind some beans and let them steep.
When the time does come, flip the switch and the coffee maker will deliver the brown elixir into a stylish beaker. The coffee gadget nests inside of itself for easy storage, but the best part is that the result is a concentrate: put the carafe in the fridge and add hot water to a serving as necessary, or drink it iced. So really, that day it took to make the coffee was time well-spent.