We like to think of the Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker as the S’well or HydroFlask of cold brewing: Fill it, secure the lid, and take it anywhere. Despite being one of the largest-capacity cold brewers we tested, this brewer is portable, unlike our other favourites! It is also one of the most affordable cold brewers we researched, so if you like to take your coffee on the go and have a bit more room in your refrigerator, this maker is for you.
Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker is the best travel and commuting iced coffee maker. The all-plastic Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker produces 1.8 litres of delicious cold brew — a larger volume than its simple-carafe competitors — and is the lightest, most convenient model to toss into a weekend bag without fear of breaking for on-the-go brewing for a group or larger family.
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What we liked most was
The Takeya carafe and lid are made of solid plastic, and the filter is made of plastic mesh and plastic, so the entire cold brewer is durable and virtually indestructible. The brewing process is the same as with the other brewers we recommend — fill the filter with coffee grounds, add water to the carafe, screw on the lid, and wait a day — but the instructions for this brewer require the user to shake the carafe a few times during the brewing process to mix and activate the grounds and water. Stirring or otherwise mixing the brew is a good idea regardless of the cold brew maker you’re using. If you’d like more information on cold-brew coffee making, we’ve compiled a primer. The lid is surprisingly secure, so shaking does not cause any leakage.
The carafe is large and tall; it produces 1.8 litres (1.9 quarts) of cold brew, making it one of the largest capacity brewers we evaluated. It is also the most affordable brewer we evaluated, but it was as efficient and effective as any other brewer we evaluated.
What we did not like was
The Takeya is quite aesthetically pleasing for a plastic brewer, but it does not offer the same high-end user experience as the glass brewers we researched. Due to the absence of measurement markings on the carafe, the coffee-brewing experience is not as precise as with the other models we tested; however, its minimal design makes it feel more sophisticated than its construction would suggest (if you want precision, the Ovalware has a full set of metric and imperial markings). If you’re brewing less than 2 quarts, you’d have to measure your grounds and water separately. However, if you’re brewing the maximum amount, you simply add your grounds and water and fill to the top, as you would when refilling a Brita water carafe — stop when it appears full.
You must exercise caution when brewing with the Takeya. The instructions instruct the user to refrigerate the carafe on its side while steeping. During one of our initial test brewings, some coffee dripped out. During subsequent brews, we secured the lid more effectively and experienced no leakage.