This Coffee Maker Actually Makes Cold Brew Easier

The Kitchenaid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the only one I come back to

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In the world of coffee, it doesn’t get much easier than making cold brew. Making a batch of cold brew doesn’t require as much precision as a pour-over, and there’s no need for elaborate or expensive machinery. Brewing cold brew is as simple as dumping ground coffee and water into a jar or pitcher, leaving it out on the counter overnight, then filtering the grounds when it's time to serve.

The Kitchenaid makes brewing and serving as easy as possible.

Of course, with how popular cold brew has become, there are a plethora of cold brew makers available on the market. I’ve personally tested most of them and other than a handful, they’re mostly unnecessary. And out of the group of cold brew makers I would recommend, there’s only one I keep coming back to—the Kitchenaid cold brew coffee maker.

KitchenAid Brushed Stainless Steel Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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What We Like
  • Compact

  • Easy to use and clean

  • Built-in tap makes serving super convenient

What We Don't Like
  • More costly than competing products

  • Reusable filter is less consistent than paper filters

Many cold brew makers don’t do much to actually make the cold brew process easier. The Kitchenaid makes brewing and serving as easy as possible. It comes with a reusable stainless steel filter basket that fits right in the middle of the lid. Brewing is as easy as dumping the ground coffee with the filter basket, topping it off with water, and waiting. When the coffee is ready to drink, the filter is easily removed with a handle. Just dump the grounds and give it a quick rinse and a wipe down and it’s ready to use again.

Kitchenaid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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It’s also built from high-quality materials. It’s mostly stainless steel with thick glass sides and a sturdy plastic top with a rubber gasket that fits perfectly into place. Everything fits together nicely, and thanks to the removable filter basket it’s very easy to clean. Other cold brew makers can be awkwardly too tall or too big to make storage feasible in a packed fridge. The Kitchenaid is nice and compact and fits perfectly on a shelf in the fridge. If space is at a premium, it also has a flat top for easy stacking.

I like my cold brew extra strong, so I usually leave it out to brew at room temperature for about 24 hours before filtering, and with the Kitchenaid it turns out tasty no matter which beans I use.

The best feature of this cold brew maker, and what sets it apart from the rest of the pack, is the built-in tap. It basically turns the cold brew maker into the handiest serving vessel imaginable. Once I finish brewing, I pop it in the fridge, and whenever I want a quick cup of cold brew I just have to open the fridge and hit the tap. For someone who almost always needs an afternoon pick-me-up and doesn’t want to take the time to brew a pour-over, this setup is perfect for me. Mine is always full of coffee, but anyone could just as easily use it to serve a batch of cucumber water or iced tea.

Kitchenaid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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As for the quality of the coffee, the Kitchenaid definitely delivers. I usually prefer paper over metal filters for making cold brew. They tend to filter out more of the fine grinds and sediment and make a brighter, crisper coffee. The metal filter in the Kitchenaid does a solid job and creates a full-flavored, bold cold brew while still managing to filter out most of the dissolved solids. I like my cold brew extra strong, so I usually leave it out to brew at room temperature for about 24 hours before filtering, and with the Kitchenaid it turns out tasty no matter which beans I use. And best of all, I don’t ever have to buy replacement filters.

Cold brew should be easy and simple. Most devices that are supposed to make it easier tend to overcomplicate things or make the process more awkward than it needs to be. Thankfully the Kitchenaid cold brew maker contributes to streamlining the process in a meaningful way. Since I first used mine a few years ago, I’ve been making weekly batches of cold brew and sipping on it daily. For other caffeine fiends who value simplicity and convenience in their cold brew experience, I would definitely recommend it.

Kitchenaid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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Material: Stainless steel, glass, plastic | Dimensions: 8 in. x 7 in. x 6.9 in. | Capacity: 28 oz. | Dishwasher Safe: No

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Dylan Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based writer who specializes in spirits, cocktails, and coffee with hands-on experience visiting distilleries and bars all through the US, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He is also a long-time hospitality professional who has hands-on experience tending bar, opening cafes and working in specialty coffee.