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I’ve always preferred cold drinks to hot ones so imagine my joy when companies started selling pre-made cold-brew coffee in the grocery store. At about $7 per bottle though, it was costing me more to buy it that way rather than brewing my own hot coffee and adding ice. It wasn’t until I was perusing YouTube and saw one of my favorite YT’ers pouring her own cold-brew out of a refrigerated container. I immediately toggled to Amazon in a search for one similar and I found this product. After comparing prices and reviews, I decided to give this one a try. 3 weeks and several brews later here are my takeaways:
Pros: Easy to clean and use, coffee tastes great, not going back to buying pre-made!
Cons: Durability seems fragile as the soft foamy plastic on the handle is coming up already, it will leak if you don’t screw the lid on tight so beware, since it has to brew laying down it takes up more space in my small fridge than I’d like
Overall though, it’s a much cheaper alternative to pre made cold brews and you can control the strength and taste of your coffee by selecting the brand/grounds/roast you want and by adding more or less ground to the filter.
Special Note: I read through a lot of reviews and it seems the main issue most people had was the coffee grounds seeping into the liquid. It appears from reading the replies from the manufacturer and by my own experience with this, that they have created a smaller mesh filter and have stopped shipping the product with the old style. The new style is so good that I’m using fine ground coffee and have had NO grounds in my end product. So please disregard older comments about this issue if you’re ordering this for the first time.
Another main issue is about the leaking but if you screw the top on securely and shake any excess out into a sink before placing it back into the fridge that will prevent leakage. For just in case, it’s good to have a paper towel under your brewer when placed on its side.
TAKEYA Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, Black