Cold Brew coffee has made a comeback in the last few years. This brewing method utilizes time rather than heat to extract the delicious flavors from the coffee. As a result, it produces a strong, smooth brew with little bitterness or acidity.
The Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew is a popular coffee maker, and it’s easy to see why. This simple brewer is affordable, easy to use, and clean and allows you to produce cold brew coffee from the comfort of your own home. In this review, we will look at some of the key features of the Takeya to see if it’s the right cold brew coffee maker for you.
Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Affordable Cold Brew
The Takeya Cold Brew coffee maker has a simple design that makes brewing a batch of cold brew a breeze. However, it is worth noting that the coffee it brews is on the weaker side. If you are looking for an affordable cold brew coffee maker, the Takeya is a good option.
The Takeya Deluxe cold brew coffee maker has a bare-bones design. It consists of four parts: the pitcher, a silicone handle, a fine mesh coffee filter, and an airtight lid. The Takeya is tall and designed to slot into most refrigerator doors. It comes in two different sizes; 1 quart (4 cups) or 2 quarts (8 cups). The design itself isn’t anything to write home about; it is essentially a plastic pitcher, with the option of a black, grey, or white handle.
The pitcher is made of BPA-free Tritan plastic, making it durable enough to stand up to the odd knock. The fine mesh filter twists in and out of the lid. The filter effectively removes most of the coffee grinds; however, some of the finer grinds still make it into the cup.
The Takeya coffee maker has a leak-proof lid which is very effective at preventing spills. If you are struggling to find space for it in your fridge, you can store it lying down.
Ease of Use
The Takeya cold brew coffee maker is straightforward to use. The cold brew process involves adding coarse coffee grinds to the filter, filling the pitcher with water, and placing the filter into the pitcher. A wee shake and pop it into the fridge for 12-24 hours- you’re away laughing. We recommend leaving the Takeya for 24 hours as the brew already tends to be on the weaker side. You can serve the cold brew as either cold or hot coffee.
Once the cold brewing is complete, remove the filter and seal with the airtight lid. The cold brew can be kept in the fridge for as long as two weeks.
Takeya Cold Brew Recipe
We have summarized the cold brewing recipe recommended by Takeya below.
Quality of Brew
The Takeya produces a passable cold brew, but it lacks flavor. Many users report the brew is weak, even after steeping for 24 hours. This is probably in part due to the small amount of coffee used. Other cold brew coffee makers call for almost twice the amount of coffee.
Despite this, it is still a refreshing and smooth drink. You can serve the cold brew hot or cold. Takeya recommends diluting 1 part coffee concentrate to 1 part milk or water. On a hot day you can pour the cold brew over ice for and iced coffee. For the sweet tooth’s out there, you can add a dash of creamer or syrup as well.
The Takeya coffee maker can also brew tea; however, Takeya recommends using a separate filter if you intend to brew both coffee and tea.
The Takeya coffee maker is effortless to clean. The filter should be removed, and the used coffee ground disposed of. Then all the other parts disassemble for easy cleaning and are dishwasher safe (top rack). We recommend rinsing out any leftover coffee grounds before placing them in the dishwasher.
The Takeya cold brew coffee maker retails at around $25. This is one of the more affordable cold brew coffee makers and does simplify the brewing process. However, given the weak coffee it produces, we would suggest there are better options out there. Brewers like the Oxo or Toddy Cold Brew coffee maker offer a higher quality brew and more features.
Takeya Cold Brew- Final Verdict
The Takeya cold brew is an affordable coffee maker that is convenient and simple to use. However, it does produce a weaker cold brew than some other brewers on the market. Given this, we suggest splurging a few extra dollars and investing in one that will make a better quality brew. See our guide to the best cold brew coffee makers for some other alternatives. If this isn’t an option, then the Takeya is better than nothing and allows you to produce cold brew coffee at home with little hassle.