There’s nothing like a tall cup of iced coffee on a hot day. Or a warm day. Or a cool day, or any day, really. Iced coffee is refreshing, invigorating, and easy to make. It doesn’t even require electricity.
There are two ways to brew iced coffee. One is to brew regular hot coffee at double strength, then add ice to cool it down and dilute it. The other way is to cold-brew your coffee. I wish I could say both methods were created equal, but you really can’t beat cold-brewed iced coffee.
Brewing with cold water takes longer, but it produces a sweet, delectable coffee flavor, with none of the acidity or bitterness that often results from hot-brewing methods.
To make the best cold-brewed iced coffee possible, you’ll need some basic equipment. Here are 5 of our favorite pieces of gear to make the best cold-brewed coffee possible.
The cleverly named Cold Bruer coffee brewer is a gorgeous glass device with all the hardware you need to make cold-brewed coffee built into it.
You fill the middle chamber with freshly ground coffee, place in the slow-drip valve, then fill the top chamber with ice water. Over a couple of hours, the water sifts down through the coffee grounds and gradually extracts the flavor before dripping into the bottom carafe.
The result is some of the best-tasting iced coffee you’ll find anywhere. Get a Cold Bruer and never settle for sub-par iced coffee at home again.
Primula Iced Coffee Maker
This Primula iced coffee maker is ideal for daily use. You simply scoop your ground coffee into the brew core, twist the core into place in the carafe, then add cold water and wait.
After eight to 12 hours, the coffee is ready to be enjoyed. If you’d like to add sugar, milk, or flavored syrup, the Primula also comes with a clever screw-on mixer. Just remove the brew core, replace it with the mixer, and pump the handle a few times to stir in your favorite condiment. You can buy a Primula iced coffee maker here.
Yama Cold Coffee Brewer
The principle is the same as any other drip coffee maker, but with a deconstructed design and stunning hand-blown glass. You put your ground coffee into the middle chamber, then pour ice water into the top and adjust the valve so it lets through about 45 drips per minute. About three hours later, you’ll have a delicious pot of cold-brewed coffee waiting for you in the bottom carafe. As a bonus, it’s very easy to clean. Order yours here.
Toddy Cold Brew Maker
One of, if not the, original cold brewers was Todd Simpson, who in 1964 developed and patented this cold-brewing device: the Toddy cold brew system.
To use it, you just insert the reusable felt filter into the bottom of the brewing container, then add your ground coffee and cold water. Make sure all the coffee is saturated, and then let it sit for 12 to 24 hours. When it’s done, remove the rubber plug from the bottom of the brewing container and let the coffee filter down into the glass carafe.
Order one, and you’ll have a concentrated supply of coffee that tastes fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Bodum French Press
Any French press is versatile enough to work double-duty as a cold brewer. If you like to drink iced coffee in the morning, simply put equal parts ground coffee and cold water in this Bodum French press, and give it a good stir. Then put the lid on and let it sit for eight to 12 hours.
In the morning, push down the filter and pour the concentrated coffee into a pitcher. Add water and ice to taste, and you’ve got yourself a great supply of top notch iced coffee. The Bodum French press is available here.