What makes cold brew coffee so great
For starters, you may not know why this is one of the best investments you’ll make this year—or why it’s the best gift you can give. Cold brew coffee carries some interesting benefits, making your purchase a worthwhile investment:
- As mentioned above, the taste tends to differ from regular coffee because fewer harsh oils are extracted. This is thanks to the unique process, making it more than 60% less acidic than many other brews.
- Lower acidity affects taste, but is also less likely to cause heartburn.
- A cold brew comes across smoother and even sweeter. Many coffee drinkers add less sweetener and cream to their cold brews, so it ends up being healthier too.
- Most of the cold brew coffee makers limit waste as you can make one cup at a time according to the drinker’s preferences. You don’t have to throw out a whole brew as with regular coffee makers where you get an entire carafe of coffee of a certain strength. This makes some of these models wiser investments—for your budget as well as for limiting waste—compared to a French Press or some other coffee machines.
- Some cold brew coffee makers can also be used for a hot cup of coffee, so they’re versatile appliances.
- Making cold brews is relatively easy so you don’t have to acquire a pouring technique or read up on difficult instructions to get a quality cup.
Features to consider when choosing a cold brew coffee maker
Now that you know you need one of these, it’s time to identify your ideal buy. We summarized the important facts about noteworthy features to help you understand the market better. Compile your checklist before you start shopping.
Type of coffee maker
Get ready to have a range of different items to pick from as cold brew coffee makers come in all shapes and sizes.
Yes, some are of the automatic type you’ll plug in and that can even give you hot coffee if you want. But some still give you a quality drink after using simple, traditional methods. This is like the Original Grind Coffee Co. Cold Brew Coffee Maker that doesn’t require electricity so you can use it anywhere.
Just note that with the traditional methods you often won’t have control over the strength of the brew—there are sometime no switches as on the coffee machines you’re used to. But innovative designs such as the YAMA Glass model will allow adjustments via the drip frequency.
There is no best when it comes to capacity: you simply have to decide which size will work best for your lifestyle. Some cold brew coffee makers can make a few ounces of coffee while others will provide you with brews on a large scale. The latter is ideal if your entire family or office enjoys the same strength of coffee. You can also make large batches to last you the entire week.
When you know you and your partner have different preferences, each one can brew their own unique cup.
Type of filter
In this category as well you have a lot to pick from.
As can be seen in the County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Coffee Maker some have reusable filters while others need to be replaced each time. For eco friendliness, reusable units are preferred by some consumers. As with other coffee machines you can pick between steel, ceramic, mesh and paper filters.
When you pick your filters, make sure you pick the type that aligns with the quality you want your coffee to be. For the ideal cold coffee brew the experts advise you use finer filters for optimum flavor extraction. Knowing this, many manufacturers produce micro filters. If you’re particular about the taste of your coffee, make sure these types are compatible with your new appliance.
Also consider how user-friendly your choice is. Paper filters tear easily and can end up messing all over the counter, while mesh metal filters clean easily. But the latter my leave sediment in the brew. You need to decide what’s most important to you.
Material(s) and durability
It goes without saying that you want your new investment to be long-lasting. But think beyond that when purchasing your coffee maker. You can pick between metal, glass, ceramic and plastic types. The first three types are best, but plastic ones work well too. Just make sure your plastic unit is BPA-free as it will come in contact with hot liquid and this can cause those particles to affect how healthy your brew is.
Also consider the durability of the filter components. Most of them don’t last long, so be prepared to replace them often and work that into your budget.
Durability should also be considered when you’re considering how much you want to spend. A lower end model may be affordable, but they’re bound to break easily and you’ll simply end up purchasing another one. Rather invest in a slightly more expensive one and know you’ll enjoy it for months or even years to come, like the Dash DCBCM550BK with its 1-year warranty.
How to make the perfect cup of cold brew coffee
To make a cold brew you will steep coffee grounds in cold water instead of hot water. The steeping process takes longer in the absence of heat, but draws out different flavors. The result is a tasty concentrate which you can drink as is or mix with water or milk to taste. You’ll see from our diverse list of cold brew coffee makers that you can follow many different techniques to obtain great tasting cold coffee. But a few factors will always have an influence on your final result.
Firstly, consider the grounds you’re using. The quality of the beans always determines the outcome of a brew.
Also, remember your timelines as cold brews won’t last forever. After a few days it’s time to throw it away, as it may start to taste different.
Plan ahead so there’s enough time for the coffee to steep. It could take a few hours or even a full day—24 hours—so don’t be impatient.