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Here’s a spot of good news to brighten up your day: Cold brew season is almost here! And if you’re planning on skipping the long queue outside your favorite coffee shop to brew your own batch of cold brew at home instead, you’ll want to proceed with a little caution. While cold brew is easy enough to make at home, it usually requires the correct tools, or you can end up with a bitter or flavorless brew, not to mention a massive mess in the kitchen. And the first step to nailing the perfect brew (and avoiding unnecessary messes!) is getting the right cold brew maker. Cue: KitchenAid’s Cold Brew Maker, which came out tops in a face-off with four other solid models. Normally $99.99, it’s currently on sale for $79.99 as part of KitchenAid’s Spring Sale event — and it’s totally worth the investment.
The sale includes tons of KitchenAid stand mixer attachments, small appliances like coffee makers, burr grinders, and so much more. But the deal on this Cold Brew Maker instantly caught our attention. For starters, it has an attractive low-profile design that makes it easy to store on a fridge shelf, so you can pour yourself a glass without pulling the whole thing out. Additionally, the metal filter has a large, flat-bottomed bowl with a handle and nearly microscopic holes that make it super easy to lift out and clean. Our tester Danielle Centoni enjoyed using it so much, she gave it the highest rank (4.8/5 !) out of all the other cold brew makers she tested.
Design features aside, making cold brew in your KitchenAid is a simple two-step process: Add coarsely ground coffee directly to the fine-mesh basket, then pour in cold water to steep. Fill level indicators make the whole process pretty foolproof. After 24 hours, the metal basket can be removed and you’ll be rewarded with a “rich and delicious, very concentrated, smooth, and acid-free” cold brew coffee concentrate. Plus, no messy straining required. And since the system lives in your refrigerator, you could even skip the ice and not worry about diluting your brew!
So if you’re thinking of investing in a cold brew maker this season, make it this one from KitchenAid. As Danielle puts it, “if you want great-tasting cold brew but convenience is important, this is your brewer.”
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