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The build-up to the arrival of cold brew season is a little bit like anticipating a major holiday: The countdown is REAL. Who needs Santa when you have Starbucks, am I right? But this cold brew season is a lot different than the ones that came before. After I caught a glimpse of the mile-long stretch of cars waiting for a turn at my local Starbucks drive-thru window last weekend (when the weather finally warmed up), I realized that DIY was probably the way to go … at least for the time being.

So let’s make our own Venti cold brew safely at home! My at-home cold brew journey started with simply getting the right gear. This one is beloved by Amazon shoppers (it’s the bestselling cold brewer on the entire site) and it costs $20.

The Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker is made of BPA-free plastic, has an airtight lid and silicone handle, and brews one quart of cold brew concentrate. Just choose any type of coffee grounds, place 14 to 16 tablespoons into the twist-off infuser, and screw it onto the lid. Add 32 ounces of cold water, seal, shake, and let sit overnight or up to 36 hours. When it’s time to serve, remove the infuser and you’ll have your own personal carafe of cold brew concentrate that won’t take up all the real estate in your refrigerator.

This cold brew maker has more than 30,000 positive reviews from Amazon shoppers who swear by the tried-and-true method (and say that it’s also saved them money). Let’s take a look at some of the brewer’s five-star reviews.

“Upon discovering cold brew coffee, I decided to make some at home. Although this container is plastic (I usually prefer glass), I went with this product because of its air-tight seal! I recommend brewing time of 24 hours and the coffee concentrate can last 1 to 2 weeks sealed in the fridge. This not only saves $$$ from buying coffee from the store, but also helps cutting time in your morning routine. You can have hot or cold coffee and just use the coffee concentrate diluted to desired strength.”

“I … buy A LOT of coffee at Starbucks or little cafes and I always get a cold brew. Overtime spending $5 a cup was getting to be too much. So I looked online and purchased this. Life changing. Literally you have fresh homemade cold brew whenever. One jug makes 4-5 cups of cold brew. I usually buy French roast from a grocery and grind it course. Let it sit in the cold filtered water for at least 24H and you have an amazing and endless access to cold brew from your home! I love having it over ice and oat milk. It’s better than Starbucks and just as good as a fancy cup from a coffee shop in Brooklyn. If you drink a lot of coffee and you want to save money, get this!”

“Great cold brew system! We had been putting off getting one for so long. We have a keurig and simply put brewed coffee in the fridge overnight. But as our keurig seems to be dying, it was time to explore other options. I wish we had done it sooner! This system is so easy to use – add your coffee of choice and water, place it in the fridge and wait for the next day. That’s it!! So easy, great tasting coffee that goes far enough for both of us. It easily fits on a shelf or the door. We’re considering buying a second because of how much coffee my husband drinks.”

Do you make cold brew concentrate at home? What do you use to make it?





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