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21 Things That’ll Help You Make The Best Cold Brew Of Your Life

"Where has this ~bean~ all my life?!" — You, after reading this post.

Hello fellow caffeine lovers! You might be thinking, "Cold brew? Isn't that just iced coffee?!" Actually, iced coffee and cold brew are similar but not the same thing!

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Iced coffee is brewed like regular coffee (with hot water, sometimes at double strength) and then chilled (poured over ice). Because it's poured over ice, iced coffee can taste quite light and is usually served with milk and a sweetener. Cold brew is made with room-temp or cold water, which gives it a naturally smoother, sweeter taste — it often doesn't need any milk or sugar (but you can still add them if you like). It's also brewed for much longer (12–24 hours) so it's more concentrated and caffeinated than iced coffee.

And now, onto the products that'll help you make that sweet, sweet cold brew coffee:

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1. A Takeya cold brew maker that'll please even the most discerning coffee snob. It has an airtight seal so your joe will stay fresh for days.

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Just add coarse-ground coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), let it brew for 12–24 hours, and serve. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

Promising review: "Bought this for my wife, and now I have become a cold-brew expert. Easy to use, easy to clean, and makes incredible-tasting coffee. This process removes all the bitterness and is easily our favorite way to enjoy our favorite drink. For the price you have to pay for cold brew at fancy coffee shops, this thing pays for itself pretty quickly. Try this once, and you'll love it." —Mark C

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

2. An electric conical burr grinder to get perfectly even grounds every single time — it'll go a long way in improving the taste and consistency of your brews.

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"But why can't I use a manual burr grinder?" Good question! You can! However, cold brew often uses more grounds so you'll probably have to grind several batches, which can get pretty tiring. This powerful machine can turn a large batch of whole beans into grounds within minutes!

Promising review: "After five years of using a $40 burr grinder, it broke down and we replaced it with a Baratza upgrade. I had trouble justifying the expense, but having tasted the results, the purchase was more than vindicated. The grinder is quieter and produces a more uniform grind. Hario pour-overs go faster and are more predictable, as I guess the previous grinder was producing a dust that would clog the filter. The consistency in flavor between cups is much closer than before. Most strikingly, the flavor profile of the same coffee we were drinking before went through the roof. Suddenly, our simple morning pour-over is on par with my favorite coffee shops in town. Possibly better. It's made me extremely excited about experimenting with different coffee sources in the future. It was the fastest, easiest way to make an extreme improvement to your morning cup. I wish that I had done this years ago." —Chando

Get it from Amazon for $139.

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3. Or, if you don't own a grinder, a bag of pre-ground coffee roasted especially for cold brewing. Plus, it's organic and ethically sourced!

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Promising review: "I made my first ever cold brew with this coffee. I thought it tasted great with a little bit of half and half, water, and ice. It’s smooth and doesn’t need any sweetener. Plus, it’s already at the perfect grind size, which is good since I don’t own a grinder." —Sean

Get it from Amazon for $14.24 (available in three flavors).

4. A rapid cold brew maker for impatient ~caffiends~ who don't want to wait a full day. This gadget will get the job done in 15 mins or less!

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You can pick your cold brew flavor intensity: light (five mins), medium (10 mins), or dark (15 mins). Just fill the coffee container with grounds, the carafe with water, turn the dial, and done! It makes 16+ servings of coffee.

Promising review: "I love cold brew. I hate brewing cold brew. Most cold brews that I make at home take at least 24 hours to steep and that means I have to remember to get it going in advance of needing it. They take up precious room in my fridge and really just led to me buying tons of SToK each week at the grocery. Then I found this machine...OH MY GOODNESS, it's a life changer. It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. I love that I can just set it and forget it and come back, it's done. It's as easy to clean as any drip coffee maker, it's not too noisy (it's not quiet), and you can even store the carafe in the fridge directly after brewing. If you like cold brew or iced coffee, do not wait to buy this. Order it now! You won't regret it!" —Heather A

Get it from Amazon for $59.98.

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5. A portable 2-in-1 gadget that brews coffee directly into a vacuum insulated carafe so you can take it to go.

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Simply add coffee in the stainless steel mesh filter (in the top brewing container), pour in water, close the lid, let it brew for 12–24 hours, then hit the release button in the middle to transfer all the delish coffee into the insulated carafe.

Promising review: "I have five-plus years experience as a barista and I have been looking for a portable cold brew maker that I could use at home, and this product is hands down the best on the market. The filter is well-made and it is easy to clean. I love it! —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.88+ (available in three colors).

6. A Toddy cold brew system to give you a longer lasting, smoother tasting coffee concentrate. Your home brew will finally taste like the kind you buy outside!

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Add coarsely ground coffee and water in the brewing container, let it brew for 12–24 hours, then filter the coffee concentrate into the glass container. Each set includes a brewing container with handle, a glass decanter with lid, two reusable filters, one rubber stopper, a set of instructions, and a recipe guide.

Promising review: "My sister was a barista and coffee shop manager for years and recommended this system. I bought it even though it was a little pricier than I wanted and it is totally worth it. Works well with all of the different coffees I have tried it with. I can use it for an iced coffee or even add some steamed milk or water for a hot drink. I love this thing and I can't wait to keep using it!" —Alison Torghele

Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

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7. A sleek and splurge-worthy KitchenAid model with a large capacity and convenient dispenser so you'll always have delicious cold brew on tap.

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The 28-ounce size makes up to 14 servings of cold brew. The concentrate can stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Promising review: "I love this coffee maker. It's so easy to clean and stores in the fridge with easy access. The spout does not leak which is pretty awesome too. The coffee basket is large allowing you to cold brew both coffee or specialty teas. Highly recommend if you are considering a cold brew coffee maker. We had a pitcher styled one and you can't compare!" —Angie

Get it from Amazon for $77+ (available in two sizes).

This is our high-end pick for the best cold brew coffee maker on BuzzFeed Reviews!

8. A French vanilla blend for getting a sweet and aromatic flavor without the aid of syrups.

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Promising review: "This product is one of the better cold brews I've encountered. The taste isn't bitter and pairs well with coffee creamer but is great on its own. I've started enjoying brewing my own coffee at home as a result." —KRL

Get a 12-ounce bag from Amazon for $12.99.

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9. An aesthetically pleasing cold brew maker that'll make your morning cuppa joe feel like extra special. It can also double as a tea infuser.

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It's dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "I selected this cold brew coffee maker for a few reasons. First, it's aesthetically pleasing to look at. Second, one batch makes enough to last throughout the day and into next morning so I never have to run out of cold brew (my preferred brew time is 22 hours, I actually can the remainder in Mason jars and hand it out to friends). Third, the filter is made of metal and is reusable. Some competitors brewers use paper filters which you constantly have to restock, which can be a hassle." —Andrew Baynes

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

10. A Hario coffee pot with the magic ability to make average beans taste gourmet.

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Promising review: "What can I say that hasn't been said? This thing is glorious. So fast to fill, so easy to empty the grounds, makes delicious cold brew out of even the cheapest ground coffee. I use Folgers Black Silk, I fill the filter up until I can only see about 1/2 inch of the white at the top, run water over the grounds until pitcher is full, return in 18–24 hours to remove filter, and voila! A pitcher of smooth and amazing cold brew to enjoy! As a previous poster pointed out, be careful with this stuff. The long time in contact with the grounds means this coffee packs a serious caffeine punch...having more than one glass may turn you into a superhero." —Miki Laurent

Get it from Amazon for $17.85 (available in two sizes and three colors).

This is our cheap pick for the best cold brew coffee maker on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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11. A travel cold brew bottle you can take directly with you to work after it finishes brewing overnight.

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Promising review: "I use this to make cold brew coffee and it does a great job. I decided to take it with me on a trip and had no problem getting the empty (with the stainless steel filter inside) bottle through airport security at several domestic US airports. Once through, I filled it with water from a fountain and had plenty of H2O for the longish flights. No leaks at all on any of the flights and the included bag helped keep the glass bottle safe in the side bottle pouch on my backpack.

I would find a local coffee shop at our destinations and have them grind some single-origin beans for me. I had some really good cold brew on the trip and it was fun to try some new-to-me coffee while traveling. I liked the first one so much that I bought a second!" —ChinoBarbs

Get it from Amazon for $17.58.

12. An organic coffee blend made for optimal cold brew extraction — you'll get bold, full-bodied flavor without an acidic or bitter aftertaste.

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Promising review: "The roast level and grind size are ideal, and this beats other brands of coffee I’ve used for this process in the past. I also appreciate that it is organic. It’s smooth and delicious and makes an excellent Vietnamese iced coffee, which is my favorite way to enjoy it. I’ve reordered this coffee multiple times since my first review and still love the taste and quality! It’s become a true staple in my house." —Luv2CookAZ

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available as whole bean or coarse grind).

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13. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System — an all-in-one machine that'll not only make excellent iced coffee but also every other kind of caffeinated drink (including teas!).

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This machine can make both hot and cold brews in multiple sizes, ranging from a pod-free single cup or travel mug, all the way up to a full carafe (it comes with a thermal carafe to keep coffee hot or cold for longer). It can also be used to brew tea, and there are two separate brew baskets for ground coffee and loose leaf or bagged tea so the flavors don't mix.

Promising review: "I was hesitant and skeptical after reading all the great reviews. But after using it for over a month now and trying several specialty recipes, I'm very impressed. Don't understand why, but a cappuccino tastes just like from a coffee shop and the cold brew is amazing. Regular coffee tastes better than from my old Capresso. The carafe keeps coffee warm enough for up to two hours. Definitely recommend." —WesK

Get it from Amazon for $183.99.

14. A cold brew system consisting of a Mason jar and stainless steel filter that's both easy to use and easy to clean. Of course, it makes excellent coffee, too.

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Promising review: "This is such a simple and useful item! It's so easy to make, just fill halfway with coffee grinds, pour water over, let it set overnight, and you're done. I have had to experiment with how I like it, and there has been some trial and error of making it too weak or too strong, but I've enjoyed the experimenting. It really is impossible to mess up unless you just don't put enough coffee in the thing. If it's too strong, add some more water. Pre ground coffee beans work fine, as do whole beans ground up. The mesh sleeve can be tricky to clean because the mesh is fine, but I haven't had any real problem with cleaning it otherwise. I don't worry about accidentally breaking it because the jars are replaceable. The lid is ingenious. And most importantly my coffee tastes so good coming out of this! I need way less sweetener because it just isn't bitter like hot coffee. One of the best purchases I've made on Amazon, not even kidding." —Jamie

Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two sizes).

This is our mid-priced pick for the best cold brew coffee maker on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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15. A Dutch-style ice dripper to produce a less acidic brew within a few hours — no need to wait 12 hours (or more) to get your caffeine fix.

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It can make two to four cups of cold brew. Put coffee grounds or tea into the filter cup and place it on the carafe, then add ice cubes or water into the drip pot; finally, adjust water drop flow rate and wait for your coffee to finish brewing.

Promising review: "Coffee tastes great and it’s easy to use. Made my cold brew coffee today and it works so well! It was easy assembly and easy cleanup." —Amber Roberts

Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

16. A pack of single-use mesh brewing bags so you can make coffee concentrate using pretty much any container in your cabinet.

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Promising review: "BUY THIS! I hate bitter coffee. I love iced cold brew. I have tried to make my own with French presses, cheese cloth, coffee filters tied with string — nothing works as well as these. This is the best filter on the market as far as I'm concerned. It leaves ZERO grounds/sludge at the bottom of the container. Every drop of my morning cup is incredible, better than my favorite coffee shop. Just buy them already." —Destiny

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

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17. Or, a reusable version made of organic cotton as a more eco-friendly choice.

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Promising review: "I used this filter the day I got it. It is great!! No sludge in the bottom of the container, the taste of the coffee is smooth and filter was easy to fill, clean, and reuse. This filter is not only organic, but is by far the best cold brew filter I have tried. It is also great that there are two filters in the package. When one is being washed you can use the other." —Kathy Myers

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.85. Or, check out a nylon version.

18. A pre-made cold brew concentrate that requires very little effort on your part — just dilute with water or milk! Even non-coffee-drinkers can enjoy the light and smooth flavor profile.

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Each bottle makes around eight servings of cold brew.

Promising review: "This is especially smooth and easy to drink. Have you ever had hot brewed coffee over ice? It tastes terrible compared to cold brew. Cold brew rocks! By the way, the value of the Gevalia seems good. I will buy this again." —Fred Fandango

Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

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19. Or, a stronger concentrate for anyone who prefers their coffee with bit more ~bite~.

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Promising review: "This is everything I have been looking for! I love iced coffee but hate having to run to the store to get it or, even worse, making it at home — it’s just never as good. I purchased this on a whim just to see. And I’m obsessed. I already ordered my second bottle. I find it to be a very smooth, flavorful coffee with an awesome kick. Yes, it can be a wee strong (I happen to love strong coffee) but just dilute it down to your preference. It’s so easy, affordable, and delicious. You should absolutely try it!" —Tiffany

Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

20. A French press so you have the option of both hot and cold brews.

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Promising review: "I have no complaints about this product. It was inexpensive but yet fully functional. It filters the coffee well and very little silt makes it through. This makes a delicious cup of coffee, which is essential for me since I'm not a morning person. It is also great for making cold brew coffee since the filter mechanism is built into the pot — just filter and pour and you're ready to go." —Joshua Hare

Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in three sizes and two colors).

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21. A cold brew kit to change your coffee routine forever. Just add water, steep overnight in the fridge, and enjoy that oh-so-delish New Orleans-style joe straight from the pouch.

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Each kit contains 12 pre-measured bags of ground coffee beans. Each bean bag will make approximately three servings (12 ounces) of coffee concentrate, so the entire kit will make 36 servings — that's less than a dollar per serving! You can brew it right in the reusable pouch or use your own container. Dilute the concentrate with milk or water to taste.

Promising review: "I’m hooked on cold brew so when I was going on a week-long cruise, I had to find a way to bring it with me. Enter this kit. I made it in my cabin and dispensed the concentrate all week along, and it was delicious diluted with a little water and ice and cream added. I’ve experimented with many different beans with my home setup and Grady’s ranks up there with the best I’ve had." —J. Savage

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $21.83 (available in regular and decaf).

You, drinking your homemade cold brew:

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Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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