Everything You Need for Cold-Brew Coffee

We have all the equipment you’ll need to brew flavorful, smooth cold-brew at home.

As soon as the warm weather hits, many coffee drinkers trade in their daily hot coffee for iced coffee. I especially like cold brew. It’s less acidic and bitter than coffee brewed with hot water, which means that the many subtle flavors found in coffee beans are more perceptible. There are multiple ways to make cold-brew coffee at home—you can invest in a cold-brew coffee maker or you can make your own concentrate by using our favorite French press, to name a few. We’ve laid out all the key pieces of equipment you’ll need to make cold-brew coffee that’s flavorful and incredibly smooth, whichever method you choose. Make just a single batch of concentrate and enjoy delicious cold brew all week long.

—Carolyn Grillo, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews

This grinder is bare-bones: Just select one of the 40 grind settings and turn it on; it mills beans until you turn it off. It was too minimal for novice testers who wanted more guidance, but its no-fuss design is perfect for experienced users. It doesn't include a scale, so you need to weigh beans beforehand.

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With a hard plastic frame and lid enclosing a silicone ice cube tray, this model was easy to transport to the freezer without spilling and made excellent ice cubes that were clean and straight-edged. The frame and lid also helped reduce freezer and coffee odors; while the silicone tray did smell slightly after a week, the problem was less pronounced than in several other models. Relatively compact, it’ll fit in most freezers.

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Tasters praised the coffee from this classic pot: “good flavor, lots of sediment,” with a “pleasant” taste and a “slightly richer,” “not-too-thin texture.” It’s easy and straightforward to set up and clean. But the thin glass walls of this traditional press lost heat faster than insulated pots did. It does a great job if you’re drinking the coffee right away, but it cools off quickly.

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With just a few large plastic parts, a stable, widemouthed glass carafe with an easy-to-seal lid, and straightforward instructions, this classic brewer was simple to use and clean up and yielded a generous amount of “rich,” “chocolaty,” “full-flavored” concentrate that still tasted good after two weeks in the refrigerator.

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