Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker Review (For Everyone’s Pocket)
Making great iced coffee is as simple as brewing concentrated coffee over ice. So do you need to buy another appliance for that? Well, when it’s this inexpensive and easy to use, there’s a case to be made.
This article reviews the GCM3210 Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker. Is this affordable and user-friendly brewer a worthwhile addition to your kitchen? Read on to find out.
Summary: The Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker
- Iced coffee maker with included double-wall tumbler
- Brews delicious iced coffee in just 4 minutes
- Customize your brew with regular or strong coffee strength
The process of making the coffee is so seamless, and I love how the cup is big enough that you don’t need to worry about not having enough.– Customer review
A Full Review of the Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker
Do the hot summer days always have you craving a tasty iced coffee or cold brew coffee? You’re not alone, according to the experts at American Dining Creations (1).
Today, millennials are more likely to drink cold and frozen coffee drinks than hot ones. They believe the coldness enhances the drinking experience and releases more nuanced flavors.
Rather than dropping $5 at Starbucks every time, consider picking up a cheap iced coffee maker like this user-friendly model from Gourmia.
Design – 4/5
The Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker has a simple but attractive design, with rounded edges and smooth lines that give it a friendly feel. It’s available in four colors: black, white, red, and – my pick – an icy light blue. Measuring just 5 inches wide by 8 inches deep by 10 inches tall, its compact footprint makes it suitable for any kitchen, office, or even a dorm room or RV.
We love that this coffee maker is an all-in-one set with everything you need, including the cup.
With this coffee maker, you brew directly into a 25-oz double-wall insulated plastic tumbler before adding a lid and straw to take your coffee to go. There is also a measuring scoop and reusable metal filter. The latter is a win for the environment and your wallet, avoiding the need to buy disposable paper filters.
While the Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker has an attractive design, note that it is made mainly of plastic. This is no surprise at such a low price point, but don’t expect it to last decades or stand up to any mistreatment.
Features – 3/5
Simplicity is the name of the game with this iced coffee maker. Gourmia has opted for fewer features in favor of lower cost and easier operation. However, it arguably has the most important one: brew strength control.
Choosing the “Strong” option initiates a slower brewing cycle that extracts more flavor from the coffee.
You can also increase coffee strength by adding a scoop of ground coffee to the filter or adding less water to the reservoir. This machine uses a single-serve reservoir, so it keeps brewing until it is empty.
The auto-off is another valuable feature, especially if you’re the forgetful type. The Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker shuts down automatically after a brew cycle, providing safety and energy efficiency benefits.
Can you use it as a regular coffee maker?
Well, iced coffee makers brew a stronger-than-usual shot of hot coffee with the idea that it will dilute as the ice melts. So technically, the Gourmia can be used as a regular coffee maker. However, because the brewing cycle is optimized to create coffee that is supposed to be diluted, the taste may not be what you expect. Also, we don’t recommend brewing into the included plastic mug.
Coffee Flavor – 3.5/5
I found that the flavor of the coffee from this brewer is very dependent on the quality of coffee you put into it, even more so than traditional hot coffee makers. I suspect this is because it brews a more concentrated shot that is designed to be diluted. You don’t need to buy high-priced specialty coffee, but I would recommend beans that are relatively freshly roasted and ground. Also keep in mind that the quality of your ice will have a significant impact — something to think about if you live in an area with sub-par tap water.
I had the best results with medium and dark roast coffees. The dark roasts came out exceptionally smooth and sweet with very little bitterness. Their bold flavor held up well when diluted by the ice or with the addition of milk. The medium roast had more complexity because, unlike cold brewing, making iced coffee maintains a hint of bright acidity.
Ease of Use – 4.5/5
It’s hard to imagine an iced coffee maker that is easier to use. It takes four steps and four minutes to brew an iced coffee, and you don’t need additional utensils or measuring cups. The tumbler is marked for measuring water and ice, and the included scoop measures the coffee.
Here are the steps:
- Add water to the water tank.
- Add ground coffee to the filter basket.
- Add ice to the tumbler.
- Press Start.
Four minutes later, you’ll have an iced coffee in hand, ready to enjoy immediately or to take on the go.
There is a bit of cleaning involved after brewing. Some users have noted that the machine keeps dripping until the filter basket with the used coffee grounds is removed. You can either remove them immediately or toss a cup under the coffee spout to catch the drips until you’re ready to clean up.
Like all coffee makers, you should regularly descale this one using a water/vinegar mix or a commercial cleaning solution. It’s a simple procedure that takes about 10 minutes, and we’d recommend it every 2 to 4 months, depending on the hardness of your brewing water.
Value for Money – 3.5/5
The Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker is cheap in every way. It’s inexpensive to buy – mainly because it is frequently on sale – and it is cheaply made. I wouldn’t expect it to last long, but it doesn’t need to last long to get your money’s worth. However, the value decreases if you put a price on the inconvenience and environmental impact of buying a new coffee maker every few years (and you should).
The included insulated cup adds value because it is perfect for traveling with any cold drink, and it’s an excellent little product all on its own. The reusable filter basket is also great because you don’t need to spend any more money buying paper filters or, worse, buying K-Cups or other pre-packaged coffee pods.
If you regularly frequent a coffee shop like Starbucks to grab an iced coffee, you will save a lot of money using the Gourmia to brew at home (2). And it’s probably quicker and more convenient than hitting the drive-thru line.
Things we liked:
- Adjustable coffee strength
- Compact and easy to use
- Auto-off feature
- Included double-wall tumbler
Things we didn’t like:
- Plastic build
- Can be messy
Don’t Buy the Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker If…
- You want to make hot and cold coffee: The Gourmia can make hot coffee in a pinch, but if you regularly enjoy both hot and iced coffee, you’re better off dropping a bit more cash on something designed for the job.
The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker is designed for hot coffee but offers an iced coffee setting. Pair it with a reusable K-Cup for best results. Alternatively, the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System is perfect for those who want a whole cafe at their fingertips. It brews great coffee, iced coffee, and cold brew – and it can even froth milk!
- You prefer cold brew to iced coffee: If you like to kickstart your morning with a silky-smooth and low-acid cold brew coffee, plenty of good cold brew coffee makers will meet your needs (3). The Toddy Cold Brew coffee maker is a versatile classic, though you’ll need to wait a day for it to steep to perfection. If you’re in a rush, splurge on the electric Vinci Express Cold Brewer, which shortens the brew time from hours to minutes.
Gourmia Iced Coffee Maker is a simple and affordable way to make iced coffee at home, and the grab-and-go tumbler lets you take it anywhere. We love how easy it is to use and the option to adjust coffee strength. Sure, the build quality leaves a little to be desired. But if you’re buying multiple iced coffees at the coffee shop each week, this brewer will still save you hundreds of dollars for its lifetime.
- American Dining Creations Blog. (n.d.). The Rising Popularity of Iced Coffee. Retrieved from https://adc-us.com/blog/the-rising-popularity-of-iced-coffee/
- Millstein, S. (2014, March 21). Everything You Need to Know About Iced Coffee. Retrieved from https://www.bustle.com/articles/18522-when-did-iced-coffee-start-and-why-is-it-more-expensive-a-complete-guide-to-your
- Vittitow, D. (2022, May 16). How do you make cold brew coffee at home? Retrieved from https://perfectdailygrind.com/2022/05/how-to-make-cold-brew-coffee-at-home/