Cold brew converts swear by this specialist method of making coffee. Rather than just let regular coffee cool down to create an iced coffee-style drink, making proper cold brew coffee takes time and requires specialist equipment. A cold brew maker can either be a flask-type container that lets water slowly drip through the coffee, or a tea-pot style pitcher in which the coffee slowly infuses into the water. Either type of maker will create a beverage that is far removed, and much improved, from coffee made with hot water. Sweeter, smoother, and stronger, yet less acidic than hot brewed java, once you invest in one of these amazing makers we doubt you'll go back to a regular cup of Joe ever again.
With an airtight lid
This cold brew coffee maker from Japanese manufacturer Takeya is made from safe, lightweight, BPA-free Tritan plastic. It boasts a non-slip silicone handle and a fine mesh coffee filter in the center of the container. This has a one quart capacity, so makes around four servings of coffee at a time. This airtight jug keeps coffee fresh for several days. This will fit in most refrigerator doors and is safe to go through the dishwasher on the top rack.
With 10 paper filters in the box
OXO Brew's cold brew system comprises of a borosilicate glass carafe complete with measurement markings, and a 32 ounce plastic top. You put your coarsely ground coffee into the top section, pour water through the "rainmaker" perforated lid, leave for up to 24 hours (a recommended minimum of 12) then hit the "Brew-Release" switch to allow the liquid from grounds to drain into the carafe. Once brewed, you can store the coffee in the fridge in the carafe, sealed with the supplied stopper.
With a non-slip silicone base
Bean Envy's cold brew maker works on the infusion principle. The large glass carafe is made from thick and durable, shock-resistant borosilicate. It has a 32-ounce, or four cup, capacity. Inside there is the all-important filter, in this instance a precision cut one with microdot technology to stop the grounds from leaking out. The carafe has BPA-free silicone rings that helps ensure a tight seal with the included silicone cap. The carafe's base features a non-slip silicone base for stability. To get you started successfully, a simple step-by-step instruction manual is included in the box.
With paper filters included
The Bruer cold drip system is a popular choice amongst cold brew aficionados. It can brew up 20 ounces of rich, cold brew coffee in as little as four hours. However, the drip rate is adjustable so you can leave it for a longer period to make coffee of differing strength. The system is made up of a glass tower in which to put your (ideally iced) water, the glass carafe base, and the silicone and stainless steel components for the drip action. This maker comes complete with paper filters to help disperse the water over the grounds.
With a pouring handle
County Line Kitchen's cold brew maker is great for households that drink a lot of coffee as it has a generous two quart capacity. The Mason jar maker also boasts a useful integrated flip cap lid and a convenient carry handle so you can pour your coffee straight from the maker. An infusion option, this has a very strong stainless steel filter in the center of the maker. You simply need to add your coarsely ground coffee, leave in the fridge overnight, then get ready to enjoy some tasty cold brew in the morning.
With vacuum insulation
If you're looking for a portable infusion solution, then Asobu has you covered. This brewing carafe's top is made from BPA-free non-breakable Tritan. The reusable coffee filter is constructed from a rust-free super-fine double walled stainless steel mesh. When you're good to go, the 40-ounce vacuum-insulated stainless steel carafe complete with its perfectly fitting lid will hold your brew whilst you're out and about.
All of these capable cold brew coffee makers will sort you out with a serving of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Our overall top pick, the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker is a great affordable option that has handy fridge-friendly dimensions.
If you're looking to make a large volume of cold brew, then consider the County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker. This traditional container has a generous two quart capacity.
Anyone who wants to take their coffee with them on-the-go should take a look at the Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker. It boasts an attractive vacuum-insulated mug that means you can enjoy your homemade cold brew on your commute.