I was the type of person who drank coffee from the shop every day. This cold brew coffee maker has convinced me I can do it at home.
As you can see above, the immediate result is rather unappetizing barely-opaque coffee. However, patience is a virtue, and within hours it started to more closely resemble a deep, rich brew. The next day, I had a pitcher of cold brew ready to go. Because the grounds are in the strainer core, you simply pour your brew over ice and are good to go — no annoying straining required. If you have flavors or syrups to add, once you remove the core, you can use the flavor mixer. Other than that, it's all set. The carafe makes about 4 servings of cold brew, more if you tend to add a lot of milk or cream.
I spend about $12 on coffee beans per week with this cold brew maker. Translate that to coffee shop term, I'd spent about $17 on coffee per week. So this coffee maker breaks even in two months.
Another reason I love the pitcher is that it makes clean-up a breeze. Unlike many other cold brew makers or DIY methods, you're not left with messy coffee grounds. To make cleanup easy and mess-free, the core has a bottom that screws off to dump grounds in your trash or compost bin. And, as an extra added bonus, it can also be used to steep tea! As one Amazon reviewer raved: "I use this for cold brewing tea, not coffee, but I have to say I’m in love. It is so easy to use, and easy to clean which is clutch bc I have physical limitations and easy cleaning makes it so useful for me! Having fresh cold brewed ice tea in my fridge at all times is great! Helping me stay hydrated! Definitely recommend!".
All in all, I couldn't be happier with this cold brew maker. I was seriously impressed at how delicious the flavor was (I'm convinced that in a blind test, this would be just as good or better as a $7 bougie cold brew from my local coffee shop) and how easy it was to make and clean. I already am kind of obsessed with it, and I'm not even an intense coffee drinker! It's currently on sale for just under $30 on Amazon, so don't waste another moment before investing in this major upgrade. Your taste buds (and wallet) will be glad you did.
Now that I can make my own cold brew without financial constraints, the drink recipes are endless.