Enjoying the best tasting ice coffee involves far more than just waiting for a pot of coffee to cool down and then pouring over ice. Doing it this way often leads to a watered down acidic brew that can leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
The best-iced coffee makers actually use a cold brew process that ensures all of the coffee flavors and oils are fully extracted from the ground coffee beans all of which is done at room temperature over a 12 to 24-hour period.
If you’re unsure of exactly what cold coffee brewing is then keep on reading because in this article I have done the legwork for you and handpicked some of the best-iced coffee makers I could find.
I have found brewers that allow you to make iced coffee the old traditional way which can be a long and tedious process as well as some new automatic coffee makers that let you make iced coffee with little to no effort at all with their push button cold coffee brewing functions.
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When it comes to brewing iced coffee, I must admit that I am a little bit lazy; I either use the iced coffee setting on my Cuisinart Brew Central or I use my French Press to make cold brew. I guess it’s a combination of not having the time to wait 24 hours for the cold coffee to brew plus I always seem to forget to prepare it in advance.
Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System
The Cuisinart single serve brewing system is the machine I use when I want iced coffee quickly; it’s as simple as inserting a coffee pod and pressing the button. To be honest, it’s not a bad tasting brew but obviously not as good quality as the slower cold coffee brew method.
When I purchased the Cuisinart brewing system, there was a deal on which included a pack of different flavored coffee pods, so it might be worth checking to see if you can get this offer which amounts to around $20 in savings. Plus, it gives you the chance to try the different coffee flavors so when you need to top up the pods you already have a favorite (organize your pods with one of these!)
Bodum French Press Cold Coffee Brewing
If I’m feeling a bit more venturous, I like to use my Bodum French Press to make iced coffee. This cold brewing process is a bit longer, but if you plan you get a great tasting cold cup of coffee in roughly 12 hours (just set it up before you go the bed).
The process involves brewing the coffee in the French Press for around 12 hours and then filtering the coffee.
If this brewing method is something you want to try, make sure to check out this step-by-step article on how to brew cold coffee with the French Press. (Also if you don’t already own a French Press these are some of my best french press recommendations!).
Yama Glass Cold Drip Coffee Maker
If money isn’t an issue, and you want to brew the best tasting iced coffee, then I recommend the Yama Glass cold drip coffee maker. However, I warn you this brewer isn’t cheap and let’s be honest, it kind of looks like a science experiment gone wrong than a coffee brewing device. But as they old saying goes “you get what you pay for,” right?
Cold Brew Coffee Makers a Few More Options
Your choices are not limited to expensive iced coffee makers like the Yama Glass cold drip I mentioned above. There are a few other cold brew coffee makers that are worth mentioning at a fraction of the cost.
Toddy T2N Cold Brew System
The Toddy T2N cold brew system is the best-iced coffee maker for under $50; it’s a steal at this price! The Toddy T2N cuts out the need for test tubes, and Pyrex jars as used in the Yama Glass cold drip, but the result is the same IF not better. The final cold brew if packed full of flavor!
Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker
If you’re on a super-tight budget and don’t want to dig deep in your pocket, then the Takeya cold brew iced coffee maker could be just what you are looking for! It basically uses the same brewing process as the Toddy T2N but at a fraction of the cost and time. Definitely, one to check out if you are new to cold brew coffee.
Not all Iced Coffee is Brewed in the Same way!
Not all iced coffee is equal, in fact, there are two distinct methods. Cold brew coffee and cold drip coffee, even though the end results are very similar the two brewing methods are different.
Cold brew uses a full immersion brew method, where the ground coffee is fully submerged in water and steeped for up to 12 hours.
Cold drip brewing allows the cold water (or room temperature) to pass through the ground coffee slowly.
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