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Cold brew coffee is certainly riding a wave of popularity these days. Makers of kitchen goods have all put their contender in the game. We all know coffee can get expensive in the stores, but really, one can make a delicious cup of coffee at home. These coffee makers aim to give you coffee shop quality from home.
Choosing a quality coffee maker can be confusing. The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, (Amazon) comes from the maker who revolutionized salad spinners and vegetable peelers so they have an excellent track record at doing things well.
This product seems to model itself after the Toddy and improve upon it.
Rainmaker lid distributes water evenly: The first improvement over the Toddy is the perforated lid. The lid is called a rainmaker because it evenly distributes the water for maximum saturation. Coffee grounds don’t readily absorb cold water, so sometimes it can be hard to get evenly wet grounds.
Stopper pulls out from the side: The second improvement is the stopper to filter the coffee into the carafe is easily accessible from the side without having to reach underneath. It also automatically stops filtering when the carafe is removed.
Reusable mesh filter: an ultrafine filter than can be reused many times
Easy cleanup and storage: The pieces come apart for easy cleanup, and they nest together so they store more compactly
- Rainmaker is perforated for optimal extraction
- Easy to activate switch to start
- Reusable stainless steel mesh filter
- Easy to clean
- Graded borosilicate glass carafe
- Produces approximately 12-14 beverages
- Small footprint
- Has a silicone seal
- Excellent replacement or repair program
- Silicone seal quickly loosens over time
- Cannot make a lot of batches
- Filter issues
- Carafe easily breaks
- Plastic components can retain smell and stain
The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is easy to use and clean. It can produce up to 14 beverages.
The downside is that the silicone seal, over time can loosen and defeats its purpose. The filter also needs to be replaced if used several times to avoid sediments accumulating.
The carafe is somewhat fragile so it should be handled with care. Some users report that the plastic components of this product can possibly retain certain odors, and staining may occur.
A similar alternatives to consider is the Filtron Cold Brewer. The Filtron model may not look stylish, but the quality of the coffee brewed is what matters most. It has a hands-free approach, so the brewer does all the work. The carafe is sturdy (made of polycarbonate) and no odor retention. This product also produces large batches of concentrate.
Overall, the OXO model is a solid buy, but users must take care of this coffee maker really well to extend its life. As for the plastic parts, just be sure to wash it properly to avoid odors and staining.