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Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker review: Convenient, tasty cold brew -- if you have the cash

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The Good Simple to use, the Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers an easy way to steep and strain grounds at room temperature. Coffee made with the Oxo Cold Brew is consistently strong, sweet and delicious. Included paper filters aid the metal strainer for an extra level of filtration.

The Bad The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker costs double the price of basic coffee products capable of cold-brewing. The Cold Brew can't brew with hot water either, and like traditional cold brew methods needs a lengthy 12 to 24 hours of steeping time.

The Bottom Line The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker will wow die-hard cold-brew fans willing to spend more cash for extra convenience, but it's too pricey for occasional drinkers.

7.6 Overall
  • Performance 8
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Maintenance 7

Cold-brewed coffee is one of my favorite forms of joe. If done right, the drink's sweet, syrupy texture and lack of bitterness is irresistible. Making batches of cold brew at home, though, is a tedious affair especially when it's time to strain your grounds. Here to help is the $50 Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker, which eliminates much of the hassle out of creating this special kind of java.

You will pay a premium for Oxo's cold-brew contraption. It costs twice the price of other cold-brew gadgets such as the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Bodum French press machines. Still, if your priority is to whip up quality cold brew with as little aggravation as possible, then this Oxo device is splurge-worthy.

Design

The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker is deceptively simple. It has just one switch and uses gravity, not electricity, as its main power source. Even so, it's clear plenty of thought went into the Cold Brew's construction.

This hourglass-shaped appliance functions in much the same way as a typical drip brewer. Like a conventional drip coffee maker, the Oxo Cold Brew has a brewing chamber up top where you place ground coffee beans for steeping. Below this sits a carafe to collect the liquid that has been strained by a stainless-steel filter at the bottom of the brewing container.

The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker is similar to a drip brewer, except it uses time instead of heat.

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That's where the similarities between the Oxo Cold Brew and drip machines end. The Cold Brew Coffee Maker uses water at room temperature or colder so it has no heater, electronic components, nor a power cord. Instead you manually pour cool water onto the brewing container's perforated lid, which Oxo calls the "rainmaker".

The Rainmaker lid has holes to let water drip evenly over coffee grounds.

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Provided you decant water in a circular fashion over the indented lid, the rainmaker evenly saturates coffee grounds by showering them with small water droplets. A Brew-Release Switch either holds water inside the brewing container or releases it to drain into the glass carafe below.

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