Cold brew coffee has never been more popular, and with summer on the way, expect demand to reach as high as the temperatures.
The popularity is understandable: Traditional coffee extracts flavor quickly using hot water, while cold brew extracts flavor over a longer period of time using room temperature water. Many people find the resulting taste to be smoother and lower in acidity than traditional coffee.
And while you could pour traditional coffee over ice to keep your cool this summer, cold brew coffee allows you to enjoy ice-cold coffee at the strength level you want.
There’s just one problem: Cold brew coffee requires a more time-intensive process than traditional coffee, and that extra effort shows up on your bill at the coffee shop. If you’re hooked on a daily fix of cold brew, you might be feeling the pain in your wallet.
The solution: Make your own cold brew coffee at home. All it takes is some fantastic ground coffee beans, a bit of patience, and a cold brew coffee maker. The up-front investment of a cold brew coffee maker will pay for itself quickly if you’re switching from coffee shop cold brew to brewing at home. There are a number of options on the market for cold brew coffee makers. Here are a few you might consider:
Best Overall: Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker
$49.50 at Alakef
Known for its ease of use and for providing a consistent, dependable product. Find it here.
Best Basic: Takeya 10311 2-Quart Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker
$34.99 at Amazon
A no-frills option that gets the job done and gets positive reviews. Find it here.
Best for a Caffeine Crisis: Dash Rapid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
$64.99 at Amazon
Makes 1.5L of cold brew coffee in just five minutes. Find it here.
Best Multitasker: Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System with Glass Carafe
$249.99 at Kohl’s
It’s a splurge, but this appliance can brew hot, iced, or cold brew coffee, plus loose leaf or bagged tea. Find it here.
Best Mason Jar: County Line Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker
$25.86 at Amazon
This basic option offers country-chic flair, with a large Ball mason jar and stainless steel filter. Find it here.
Best Customizable: Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
$79.95 at Kohl’s
This new addition to the market offers finished cold brew coffee in 25 minutes with three built-in strength options. Find it here.
Prices subject to change.
Whichever option you choose, make sure to pair it with coarse ground coffee from high-quality beans. While City Girl Coffee Co.’s Cold Press Blend is specifically developed to create the perfect cold brew flavor profile, you can cold brew any of your favorite City Girl Coffee Co. coffees using the cold brew method. You’ll have a coffee house experience without having to change out of your pajamas.