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There's iced coffee and then there's cold brew. The major difference is in the way it's brewed. Iced coffee is brewed hot and poured over ice, diluting the final flavor, while cold brew is brewed — you guessed — cold. To make cold brew, coffee beans are soaked in water for an extended period of time, and while that sounds like a pain and a half to do on your own, it's actually pretty easy.
While there are plenty of cold brew makers on the market, our latest obsession is with the Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker by County Line Kitchen, available on Amazon. All you have to do is insert the stainless steel filter into the jar, add ground coffee to the filter, pour in water and stick the jar in the refrigerator overnight. When you wake up, you'll have yourself more than a few cups of deliciously refreshing cold brew.
Shop: Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker (1 quart), $19.99
This Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker also has a strong and durable flip cap lid, similar to one you'd find on a blender bottle usually used for protein shakes. The lid makes it even easier to pour, but you can also throw it in a bag and take it to work without worrying about it leaking thanks to its hefty seal.
As for the stainless steel filter, it's super fine and prevents grounds from getting into the coffee, but is also heavy-duty enough to last a lifetime, according to the product description. And it can filter more than coffee! Use this Cold Brew Mason Jar Coffee Maker to brew tea or infuse water with fruit, spices, herbs and more. If you love a chilled glass of spa water, try tossing in a few cucumber slices, lemon wedges and mint leaves for a detoxifying mix.
The Mason Jar Coffee Maker comes in a standard 1-quart jar and a 2-quart jar. Both are available with the sealed flip cap lid, or you have the option to upgrade to a flip cap lid with a handle for even easier pouring (we recommend the handle for the 2-quart size).
The Mason Jar Coffee Maker has 1,500 positive reviews on Amazon, with customers giving it an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
"Yep....I'm sitting back and enjoying an incredible cup of cold brew! VERY impressed with the quality of this brewer. The fine mesh that holds the coffee grounds is indeed VERY sturdy! The 2-quart jar makes enough to last me a couple days. The flip top is great for pouring. I mean...what's not to like here? Since I'm very serious about my cold brew, I have also purchased two more 2 quart jars just so I can keep everything going and not run out of fuel," wrote one Amazon reviewer.