Cold brew coffee is currently the hot trend in coffee shops and cafes, and, with the latest raft of cold brew makers, you can now make this delicious, refreshing caffeine drink yourself. Unlike ordinary iced coffee, which is hot brewed then poured over ice, cold brew coffee is made from cold water and steeped for up to 24 hours to bring out an intense yet smooth taste that’s absolutely divine. Poured over ice, with water or milk, cold brew really is the cool way to drink your coffee so to help you get started, we’ve taken a look at some of the best cold brew coffee makers you can easily use at home.
The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker
With its sleek modern look and easy to use appeal, the Takeya cold brew is a great value cold brew maker that can work with any type of coffee grounds. Using a fine mesh filter, you get four servings of cold brew that couldn’t be easier to make. Pop in your grounds and water then leave jug inside your refrigerator overnight and you’ll have a delicious cup of cold brew waiting for you in the morning. And the brew will also keep fresh for two weeks, thanks to the airtight lid. You also get a non-slip handle and the pot can be used for brewing hot coffee and tea too. Easily one of the best cold brew makers in our review.
Made from durable BPA-free plastic
Silicon handle for safe and easy carrying
Fine mesh filter keeps your coffee clean
Fits inside most fridge doors
- Weight 12.6 ounces
Smart-looking and built to last, the Ovalware is a carafe style cold brew maker that will make up to 1 liter of the slow-brewed cold stuff. Using a super-fine dual mesh filter made from medical-grade stainless steel, you get a super-smooth taste in the coffee extract that will keep for up to two weeks. The BPA-free airtight lid keeps everything secure and the whole cold brew maker is dishwasher safe. The carafe is made from borosilicate glass that is a tad on the fragile side so you need to take care when cleaning, but it pours smoothly and will look good on the table when your entertaining your friends.
Stylish glass carafe style cold brew maker
Rust-free super fine mesh filter
Airtight lid and easy carry handle
Can also be used for hot coffee and tea
- Model RJ3-02
- Weight 1 pounds
This cold brew maker from Toddy wears its filter system loud and proud, with a substantial filter unit, sitting atop the glass carafe. It’s a simple set up but pretty effective, although there is no lid for the top, so you need to be careful moving it around. The Toddy uses reusable filters and can make around eight cups of cold coffee concentrate. Pop the rubber stopper onto the top of the glass jar and you can store the concentrate in your fridge for up to two weeks. The white of the filter system could well stain over time so just make sure you scrub it clean to keep it looking good.
Large top filter cold brew system
Glass carafe jar with lid
Comes with two reusable filters
Recipe guide included
- Weight 1.48 pounds
Taking the mason jar concept and adding a high-quality stainless-steel filter that fits inside, this is a super-easy way to make delicious cold brew. The mesh is fine enough to stop the finer grains getting through, and the filter is long-lasting and easy to clean. Pop in the filter, your grounds and cold water, then screw on the leak-poof flip cap lid and set aside. Within 24 hours you’ll have an impressive concentrate to sip at your leisure. The glass mason jar is durable, and all the plastic is BPA free and the whole unit can also be used for tea or infused water.
Durable mason jar style brewer
Fine mesh filter prevents sludge
FDA compliant glass, stainless steel and plastic
Keeps cold brew fresh for up to two weeks
- BrandCounty Line Kitchen
- Weight 2.36 pounds
The clever design of the Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker uses a ‘rainmaker’ filter to evenly distribute the cold water over the coffee for an even extraction and consistent quality taste. And you have control over the concentrate as when it is done, simply flick the switch and you get a clean and easy drain into the glass carafe, ready to drink. The OXO uses a fine mesh filter, although it works best with coarser grounds for rich, smooth flavor. The glass carafe isn’t the largest in this review, but you do get four decent sizes cups (32 ounces). And the upside is that this is a compact cold brew maker that won’t take up much room on your kitchen counter, meaning that a delicious cup of cold brew coffee is always at hand.
‘Rainmaker’ filter for even distribution of water
Ultra-fine stainless-steel filter
Switch for easy draining
32-ounce capacity glass carafe
- Weight 2.51 pounds
There’s a quality look to this Cold Brew Coffee Maker that you would expect from KitchenAid. Made from brushed stainless-steel and glass, it looks durable and substantial but is sleek enough to sit happily on the kitchen counter or inside the refrigerator. And it is easy to use – simply fill the body with integrated filter with water and coffee, pop on the lid then sit back and wait. You can make up to 14 decent sized servings of cold brew with this neat machine and the labelled fill levels takes the guess work of the quantities you need. And we really like the stainless-steel tap to easily access your coffee and the top handle makes it all nicely portable. Expensive, but it looks the part.
Stainless steel and glass body and filter
Built-in stainless-steel tap
Sized to fit on the counter or in the fridge
Fill level indicators and carry handle
- Weight 5.5 pounds
The clean design of the Coffee Gator Cold Brew Kit is certainly a draw and with a capacity of 47 ounces, you get a lot of cold coffee brewing for your money! The pitcher is tall and slim and will work well in most kitchens and refrigerators. It has a reusable filter with removable bottom cap for easy cleaning that can work with most coffee grounds and the airtight lid has a reassuring durable feel. Plus, you get a few nice extras, including a measuring scoop and collapsible funnel to make your cold brewing sessions smooth and mess free. A good value cold brew that looks good too.
BPA-free glass jug and plastic filter
Fine-mesh filter works with most grounds
Airtight, easy fit lid
Includes a measuring scoop and funnel
- BrandCoffee Gator
- Weight 1.76 pounds
There’s a cool retro feel about the On Tap Cold Brew Coffee Maker which goes large on volume. You can make up to one gallon of cold brew – the equivalent of 16 cups – and as it can be stored in the fridge, you can batch make and keep your cold brew habit going for the rest of the week! Made from durable glass in a mason jar style, there is an adjustable stainless-steel tap for easy access to your cold coffee. And inside where the slow brewing is done, you get a fine-mesh stainless-steel filter that’s also pretty easy to clean. The screw on metal lid keeps things airtight and fresh and the glass jar is dishwasher safe.
One-gallon, large volume cold brewer
Glass mason jar with secure, screw lid
Fine-mesh, durable stainless-steel filter
Adjustable, easy pour tap
- BrandWillow & Everett
- Weight 3.7 pounds
With an external top filter, the Filtron is perhaps not the sleekest of cold coffee brewers but it does what is says on the tin and produces smooth cold brew you will love to drink. With this set, you get a clear glass decanter that can hold up to 1.5 liters of the cold, brown stuff and a plastic filter unit that can take a range of coffee grounds. You need to use paper filters with the Filtron and the result is a lovely, grit-free cold brew. Pop in the rubber stopper into the top of the decanter and store it in the fridge for a decent supply of cold brew to get you through the week. You also get a measuring cup, and everything is nice and easy to clean.
1.5-liter clear plastic decanter
Plastic filter unit
Uses paper filters for a clean brew
Includes a rubber stopper and measuring cup
- Weight 2 pounds
Taking us to the very top end of our best cold brew maker review, is the Yama Glass Coffee Tower. As a cold drip coffee maker, this innovative system ensures you get a full-bodied, acidic free concentrate that’s made in fast time. The system means you can shave off hours when it comes to the cold brew process, with the Yama promising top quality results in around four hours. The premise is simple – you place ice and water in the top jar, and by controlling the rate of the dripping water down through the center, the coffee is systematically steeped and ends up dripping into the bottom carafe, creating a super-smooth and delicious cold brew concentrate that yields 6-8 cups. For the design and innovation, you do pay a premium, but as a talking point, as well as producing the finest cold brew coffee, this is an investment buy.
Three level, cold brew drip system
Significantly reduces brewing time
Permanent ceramic filter
Holds 32 ounces of cold brew
- BrandYama Glass
- Weight 9.8 pounds
Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers Buying Guide & FAQ
What is a Cold Brew Coffee?
Simply put, cold brew coffee is coffee that has been brewed cold. But it isn’t as straightforward as that, as the coffee grounds need to be steeped in room temperature water and brewed for up to 24 hours. Using time to extract the coffee’s natural oils, sugars and caffeine, the result is a very concentrated coffee essence which you can then dilute with water to taste and serve chilled. Unlike other hot-brewed coffees, cold brew has a more mellow, smooth taste, with a lower acidity than ordinary filter coffee.
Things to Consider When Buying a Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- Capacity: the size of the coffee container or jar will depend on how much coffee you want to produce and drink. As cold brew coffee can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, a decent capacity on your new cold brew machine will make it a good investment.
- Type of cold brew maker: there are essentially four types of cold brew maker. You have the French press method which uses a mason jar and filter paper; the steep method which uses a wire or gold filter which creates a thicker concentrate; and the reusable paper filter for a lighter taste and clearer liquid. Then there are electrical models, which aim to speed up the overall cold brew process but can lack in the depth of flavor of the non-electrical slow methods.
- Filter: Paper filters will give you the cleanest and clearest brew, while metal or gold wire filters can allow some of the finer ground through into the cold brew to create a denser texture for your iced drink. You can also get fine mesh filters which can be used again and again.
- Method of pouring: ease of use is key to the cold brew maker, especially when you want to pour your newly brewed concentrate. Look for a model that works with you and your kitchen space – some models feature a built-in jug with a spout, others are mason jar-like with a tap on the side.
- Additional extras: for keeping your cold brew fresh, look for a secure and airtight lid that won’t leak and ensure all the materials used to make the cold brew machine are BPA free. Nice little extras in a cold brew coffee kit include measuring scoops and additional jars for smaller capacity brews.
Benefits of Using Cold Brew Coffee Makers
Drunk in moderation, caffeine can be good for us, as a ‘pick-me-up’ and performance enhancer as well as possible health benefits. And, with cold brew, you can get all the benefits of your daily cup and caffeine hit, without some of the more negative aspects of hot-brewed coffee, such as acidity. The cold brew method creates an all-together different breed of coffee which is less acidic and so kinder on the stomach and can have lower levels of caffeine, depending how you drink it. It also has higher levels of antioxidants. Using a cold brew maker makes the whole process of home-brewing your cold brew coffee a breeze, meaning you can set it up and leave it to do all the slow brewing work for you and create delicious cold brew concentrate, ready for your next cup of the cold stuff.
Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers FAQ:
Q: How to make cold-brew coffee? And how long does it take?
A: A decent cold brew coffee will take anywhere between 12 and 24 hours to brew, making it a longer route to get your cold coffee but definitely worth the wait! When making cold brew using a cold brew machine, always follow the manual on how to use that specific machine, but as a general guide, here’s the overall process:
Working to an approximate 1:8 coffee/cold water ratio, you need to place your coffee grounds in the jar, cover with the water, stir to combine, pop on the lid and then leave for the desired amount of time, typically up to 24 hours for the cold brew magic to work. During this time, all the goodness of the coffee will be slowly extracted into the water, leaving behind the more bitter oils and acids to create a smoother taste than hot-brewed coffee. Once ready, you can also strain the cold coffee brew through a sieve. You now have your cold brew concentrate, ready to drink, served over ice, with extra water, milk or sugar if you prefer. Using the cold brew system, the concentrate can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Q: Do I need to buy special cold brew coffee beans?
A: It’s a matter of taste, but the overall consensus is that the best roast for a cold brew is a medium to darker one as the cold brew method is able to cut through the acidity and bring out the warm and aromatic flavors for a fuller body. However, lighter beans also work well. What is essential for a smooth cold brew is the texture; your coffee grind needs to be a little coarser, as very fine grounds can create a sludge that cannot easily be filtered out.
Q: Does cold-brew coffee have more caffeine?
A: Made with a higher ratio of coffee to water than hot brewed coffee, cold brew can have a higher level of caffeine as a concentrate than everyday filter coffee. However, the way you drink it will dilute that level of caffeine, as it is typically served over ice, topped up with water or milk.
Q: What's the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?
A: Cold brew is not iced coffee and the fundamental difference is the brewing method. Cold brew coffee has never been touched by hot water, whereas the coffee used in an iced coffee has been hot brewed then either cooled in a coffee pot before being used or dripped over ice cubes. Thanks to the prolonged, cold water method, cold brew is smoother, and less acidic than hot-brewed ice coffee drinks without losing any of the coffee bean’s robust flavor or aroma.
Our Top Pick
Made from BPA-free plastic and will a lovely contemporary design, the easy to use Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker scoops our review’s Best Choice. Making four large servings, the Takeya uses a fine mesh filter to keep your brew clean and can be used with all types of coffee grounds. With an airtight lid and non-slip handle, this is a durable cold brew maker you will look good in any coffee-lovers kitchen.