There’s nothing better than a glass of cold brew. Richly aromatic, bold and colorful, and with a taste that’s beyond any normal cup of joe, cold brewing is a coffee connoisseur’s icy delight. From the quick and easy pours of Keurig to the best of single-cup brewing, we respect all things caffeinated, but a quality cold brew maker cannot be matched.
What’s the best way to steep coffee beans for this perfect treat? Sure, sticking your coarse-ground coffee in a mason jar is one choice, but you definitely won’t get the best results. You deserve better. So let’s look at the top cold brewers available, and why you should add one to your kitchen countertop.
KitchenAid KCM5912SX Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Are you and your friends addicted to cold brews in all forms? You deserve a better brew maker, and that’s why we love this sizable KitchenAid model. It lets you steep up to 19 servings of cold brew at once with the built-in stainless steel steeper and pour them with a simple twist of a spigot. While a little on the expensive side compared to other choices on this list, this is a great cold brew option for those who can’t get enough cold brew. The KCM5912 produces up to 38 ounces of coffee that will stay fresh in your fridge for up to two weeks. Featuring a stainless steel steeper and portable carrying handle, the KCM can move from fridge to countertop with ease, and the steeper comes marked with fill indicators to let you know where to cut off the grinds (or other steep-able beverage item).
The KCM5912 is the premiere cold brew maker for function and form, and a great fit for a small office or home filled with coffee lovers.
OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffeemaker
The Good Grips brew maker has a simple design that’s easy to appreciate and a measuring beaker style that science lab fans are sure to like—plus, it’s handy for measuring very specific coffee amounts for your mixtures. You simply position the beaker or a cup under the carafe and push down on the spigot lever to pour the brew to the level you need.
That steel mesh filter on the top is designed to help sprinkle water evenly over the coffee ground for better steeping results, too. This model has a 32-ounce capacity, and the design makes it friendly for multiple users.
Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffeemaker
This amazing grab-and-go maker by Takeya is an easy favorite. How can you go wrong with a rich flavor profile, airtight design, portability, and a great price? Spoiler alert, you can’t. The Takeya produces up to four servings of your favorite coffee brews, and the taste is extraordinary. Bold and smooth, with no bitter aftertaste. The slip-free silicone handle makes it easy to transport from fridge to counter, and makes for a well-balanced pour.
As coffee lovers (and dependents), we also hate when one or two grind granules sneak their way into what should be a perfect cup of cafè finesse. Takeya ensures this won’t be a part of your coffee-making procedure with their fine-mesh filter that cuts out any foreign ingredients from the final beverage. If you’re a coffee fiend who pendulums back and forth from hot brews to cold, have no worries. The insulated Tritan plastic body is temperature-proof, which means if you’re craving a hot pot of joe instead of an icy beverage, your wish is granted. And for those with environmental concerns, all Takeya materials are 100% BPA-free. For under $30, the answer to this one is a resounding yes.
Dash Cold Brew Coffeemaker
The Dash system looks like the coffee maker that won the science fair, and we’re totally into it. Pushing the envelope of coffee tech, the creatives at Dash pull all the waiting out of normal cold-brewing by delivering a rich and layered glass of your favorite beverages in as little as five minutes! Just load up your grinds, turn the dial to pick your flavor strength, and brew. The carafe will handle up to 42 ounces of coffee and is designed for easy fridge storage and a long shelf life for your beverage. Enjoy your batch of brew for up to 10 days.
The appliance comes with a BPA-free design, a year limited warranty from the Dash team, and a recipe book for one or two new coffee ideas. When all is said and done, just run clean water through the brew system for a clean-up.
Yama Glass Cold Drip Maker
Maybe you really want to show off your cold brews. If this is a major hobby for you and you’re the one friend who everyone counts on for the best coffee, consider this truly elite brewer from Yama Glass. As you can see, it’s made of three interlocking glass designs straight from a chemistry set, making it one of the more interesting brewing methods available. It includes a ceramic filter to keep grains up at the top, too.
The brew is extra-concentrated, so it’s probably more servings than it seems. You also get the perfect coffee centerpiece to show off, which could well be worth the steep price tag. Of course, it’s also going to take some work to clean out.
Coffee Gator Cold Brew Coffee and Tea Maker
This Coffee Gator brewer is a perfect buy if you are a fan of cold brews and want to take your game to a new level with a set of dedicated equipment. It uses a basic thermos-like design with a central steeping column/filter that’s ideal for brewing while on the move, or picking up the thermos from the fridge when you’re in a hurry. The kit also comes with a measuring spoon and airtight sealing lid. The filter is entirely reusable, and the thermos is made of BPA-free borosilicate glass.
Toddy Cold Brew System
If you prefer a simple and affordable cold brew system, this Toddy Café model will meet your needs. The concentrated brewing container is designed to fit over the decanter as the coffee is steeping—then you take it off, seal the decanter with the lid, and clean out the brewing container for next time, a simple system ideal for busy lives. The set includes two reusable filters and recipe ideas too, making it a great starter kit or gift for friends. The only downside is that the decanter doesn’t have a handle and may be a little difficult to handle, so take care!
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