Cold brew coffee with cubes of ice in a glass cup with a carafe of cold brew coffee behind on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee + Coffee Maker Review

Cold Brew Coffee is a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee during the warmer months or on those busy mornings. It’s easy to make if you have the right tools.

I was sent a Cold Brew Coffee Maker for free in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Now that the weather is warming up, a cup of hot coffee isn’t always welcome. Instead, having a cold brew coffee is much preferred.

Cold brew coffee is also great for those who have busy mornings. Instead of having to wait for the coffee machine to warm up, your coffee is ready to pour. Just add your creamer and it’s done. Justin uses this when he knows he needs to be out of the house early and wants to save time.

Making cold brew coffee works well for those who may not have a chance to drink their coffee right away since you aren’t worried about keeping it hot. If it gets warm, just add a few pieces of ice.

We’ve also used this when we went camping with the Cub Scouts. We prepare the coffee before leaving and let it sit in the cooler overnight. In the morning, we have coffee ready to go without having to get a fire going. Which also makes it safer since we aren’t trying to light a fire before having our morning coffee!

Zulay kitchen cold brew coffee pot next to the box on a wooden surface

Originally Published On: September 19, 2018

Last Updated On: December 17, 2019

Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

I was sent a Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Zulay Kitchen. They gave me a choice from a few different products to try at home. There were so many tempting kitchen gadgets, but this one seemed the most practical for our family. Justin is the only one who drinks coffee, but it can also be used for tea. I have been having a cup of peppermint tea almost every day lately.

While it’s designed and marketed as a cold brew coffee maker, you could also use it with hot water. Right now, I like hot tea so wouldn’t use it in the refrigerator. But, my dad and sister both like iced tea, so it will be perfect when they visit.

The coffee maker is made of glass and stainless steel which means it’s more sustainable. Y’all know I don’t like bringing plastic into the house. And because it’s glass, I wouldn’t mind using it for hot drinks. The lid has an airtight seal, so your cold brew coffee will be good for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Then again, it has to last that long!

I also like the design of the coffee maker. We are in the middle of making a coffee and tea bar in the dining room, and this looks great on the shelf next to the French Press I found at Ikea.

The infuser works similar to water bottles I’ve had made for infusing fruit into water.

Empty glass cold brew coffee maker next to the lid with the box behind all on a wooden surface

How to Use the Cold Brew Coffee Maker

I don’t even drink coffee but I had no issues making the cold brew coffee for Justin. It only takes three easy steps that aren’t much different from making a regular pot of coffee.

Use any coffee grounds (or tea leaves) and place them in the center infuser. This is made of fine stainless steel mesh so none of the grounds or leaves will get in your drink. Place the infuser inside the glass carafe.

Overhead view of coffee grounds in the infuser of a cold brew coffee maker next to the lid on a wooden surface

Pour cold water over the top of the coffee grounds. The one-liter carafe can hold up to four cups of coffee or tea.

Cold brew coffee in a glass carafe with the lid and box behind on a wooden surface

Place the coffee maker in the refrigerator and leave it there for 12 hours to steep. I prepared the coffee maker when I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner and it was ready in the morning. If you are saving some for later, remove the grounds and compost those. Place the lid back on to seal and store.

Cold brew coffee with cubes of ice in a glass cup with a carafe of cold brew coffee behind on a wooden surface (vertical)

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Cold brew coffee with cubes of ice in a glass cup with a carafe of cold brew coffee behind on a wooden surface

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee is a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee during the warmer months or on those busy mornings. It's easy to make if you have the right tools.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee
Servings: 4 cups
5 from 2 votes


  • 4 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 4 cups water

Recommended Equipment


  • Fill the infuser with the coffee grounds
  • Place the infuser inside the carafe and fill with water
  • Refrigerate at least 12 hours or overnight
  • Serve cold with your favorite coffee creamer or add-ins
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Nutrition Facts
Cold Brew Coffee
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 18 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 13mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 8mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 thoughts on “How to Make Cold Brew Coffee + Coffee Maker Review”

  1. This will save us $$$ because we’ve been buying ready-made cold brew by the case! It’s been getting warmer here too so definitely time to learn how to make it at home.

  2. I am not a huge cold brew person but my husband LOVES it! I am for sure showing him this, he will be so excited!

    1. My husband loves it, too! Your husband can always make a pot of it for himself and it will last a bit longer if he’s the only one drinking it 🙂

  3. I have never drunk a cup of coffee in my life. Can’t stand the taste or smell. My hubby is missing his coffee now he’s working from home but I just can’t abide it. The smell makes me nauseous.

    1. I don’t drink it either. I love the smell (most of the time) but don’t actually like the taste of coffee. My husband drinks it every morning so this was a great option for him.

    1. I haven’t tried it with tea yet but I like my tea hot. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, though. It’s basically just an infuser so it should work!

  4. I tried making cold brew coffee in a mason jar but.l it didn’t turn out very good. This looks like a much better alternative! I always prefer iced coffee so it would be a great purchase for me.

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