This cold brew coffee maker is so intuitive to use (all you need to do is put grounds in the reusable filter, stick it in the canister, pour water over top and wait), as well as to clean (none of the three elements have any hard to reach nooks or crannies, and can be simply thrown in the dishwasher), it’s the least expensive model we tried. You’d likely spend more purchasing cold brews in a café over a week, than on the maker, which you can keep for years.
While other makers tried to mimic this appealing, no muss no fuss design, small details on the Takeya really make a difference. Like the brand’s water bottles, the cold brew is made from practically indestructible BPA-free plastic.
We also found the Takeya produced some of the tastiest coffee and tea we tested—neither too acidic nor too watered down—and remained equally palatable after sitting in the fridge for a week even though glass is generally preferred to prevent off-odors and flavors. We liked that the tall, thin, cylindrical shape allowed it to unobtrusively fit on the refrigerator door (or be tucked away in a cabinet), and a simple turn of the top opens a pouring spout.
Once you remove the filter of spent grounds, it also transitions seamlessly into a pitcher. It should be noted, the smaller capacity Takeya produces around four servings of ready-to-drink cold brew (not oodles of cold brew concentrate, like many of the heftier machines), but for a small footprint, uncomplicated model, we found it hard to beat.
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