If your taste for cold brew has passed beyond throwing a cheesecloth bag in a mason jar, or exchanging cold water for hot in your trusty French press, consider these cold brew makers to up your coffee game.
Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For the most flavorful and aromatic cold brew coffee made right at home, it simply doesn’t get much better than the Oxo cold brew system. For the quality results it puts out, the Oxo coffee maker is pretty easy to use, and it consistently makes full-bodied and full-flavored cold brew better than the other systems we’ve tried. This is due to its great design, which utilizes a steel mesh filter and a “rainmaker” top into which you pour your cold water, which ensures even water distribution over the grounds for full extraction of all those tasty flavor molecules.
The Oxo looks nice and has a small footprint on your countertop, which is also a plus. And, instead of any messy removable plug system, there’s a simple valve which you activate with a switch to dispense the finished cold brew into the 32-ounce glass carafe once it’s finished. There’s even a glass stopper so you can store your brew in the fridge for later.
Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For those who are strapped for cash, Japanese coffee icon Hario has you covered with an affordable cold brew coffee maker. A step above steeping coffee grounds in cold water in your French press, the Hario Mizudashi includes a filter core to siphon out particles that cause bad flavor (which also means you don’t have to purchase filters for its use). When your brew is done, you can pour it right from the pitcher, and the filter can also be used to make cold brew tea and fruit-flavored water infusions.
Its slim profile and silicone drip-proof gasket lid make it very compatible with high-traffic refrigerators (read: if you have a roommate). In addition to being dishwasher safe, the Hario Mizudashi is constructed in Japan, which is a good guarantee that it’s going to be well-made.
KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you’re the type of planner who likes to make large batches of food and drinks in advance, then a dispenser like the KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker might be the one for you. Despite its sleek-looking brushed stainless design, this cold brew system is dead simple: A large stainless filter bowl (which is a nice sturdy steel pot instead of a chintzy mesh filter) sits inside a 28- or 38-ounce container attached to a tap that lets you dispense chilled coffee right into your glass. Add more coffee to make a concentrated brew which you add water, making your batch last even longer.
The trade-off for this convenience is that the KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker doesn’t make coffee that’s quite as strong or as aromatic as our top pick, but it’s less fussy to use. Also note that the overall capacity of the KitchenAid isn’t the full amount of coffee you’ll end up with due to the steeping bowl and coffee grounds naturally displacing some of the volume, so you may want to consider splurging for the 38-ounce model. When it comes to sheer convenience, though, the KitchenAid cold brew coffee dispenser is hard to beat.
Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer
Best for concentrate
The Filtron cold brew coffee maker is one of the market’s best beloved, and that’s really saying something, considering that it looks like a plastic planter perched on top of a wine carafe. But what it lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in price point to quality ratio. With a one-two punch of wool and paper filter plus grounds guard disc, you end up with a high-quality, sediment-free cold brew that lets your specialty roasted coffee flaunt its flavor profile. Moreover, we have to say that the glass decanter on its own is pretty classy — definitely something you can proudly place on a summer brunch table. Since the whole thing hides in your fridge while brewing anyway, who cares if the setup looks like you’re making worm tea in your kitchen? Nobody’s going to know.
A word of warning, though. At 1.5 liters in volume and 12-16 hours processing time, the Filtron only makes cold brew batches in one size: big.
Royal Brew Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker Kit System
As you can see, the cold brew coffee maker market can make a steep jump. That extra margin buys you extra sophistication, superior taste, and in the case of the Royal Brew keg, a glorious beer-like head on your glass of ice-cold coffee. After all, you eat (or drink) with your eyes first. The Royal Brew’s food-grade stainless steel construction means more than just formidable looks; you can take this bad boy with you anywhere. Barbecues, tailgate parties, hiking, and camping — anywhere you don’t mind lugging a five-pound machine. Meanwhile, its surprisingly compact form still manages to fit into the refrigerator door shelf. Unlike other nitro-equipped cold brew makers, there are no long tubes or multi-part setups to worry about.
The advantage of the Royal brew over traditional cold brew coffee maker models is that it uses nitro to produce a frothy, foamy head. Sure, it’s a little more complicated than your standard drip model, but it makes for a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that you won’t get anywhere else. For those who value service as well as taste in their cold brew, this is the one for you.
Yama Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker
OK, we see you. Your choice of cold brew coffee machine isn’t just about the beverage — it’s about signaling your superior taste to the world. Welp, we hope your place has a spacious kitchen because otherwise, you’re going to need to knock out a cabinet or two to fit your brand new Yama cold brew coffee maker.
This model is the realest of the real deals, using the Kyoto method of dripping cold water into the coffee, rather than submerging the grounds in water. Over the course of a day, the liquid passes through a permanent ceramic filter (eliminating any possibility of flavor taint) to yield the purest, richest, most fragrant cold brew you’ve ever tasted. This is definitely not a set it and forget it kind of cold brew coffee maker — you’ll have to refill the water at least once, precisely grind your coffee, and finely calibrate your volume-to-brew time ratio. But all frustrations will melt away once the carafe begins to fill — users report that the concentrate infuses their home with the most heavenly coffee aroma.
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