My immersion cold brew device was for a long time the humble mason jar with some sort of filtration. My Filtron went to my mom, who got hooked on cold brew, and since I didn’t use it often enough, it had to change owners. My wife didn’t quite like the Filtron because it was taking too much space.
The fabric filter in a mason jar worked perfectly for me and I thought there was no need to change. Initially, I used a cotton bag as the filter, and to be honest I loved it. Then I got tired of washing the bag, it is pretty low maintenance. But with a metallic screen filter it was even easier; washing the filter was a breeze. This worked nice for a while, and everybody was happy with my cold brew. That until the day my daughter suggested that my cold brew coffee maker could use an aesthetic upgrade. “What’s wrong with my mason jar”, I replied offended. She obviously pulled back and said it was very nice and rustic, but that day I knew I had to find a cold brew coffee maker more visually appealing.
Not long after the discussion with my daughter, I was browsing Amazon for a replacement gasket for my friend’s Gaggia Carezza, and I stumbled across some cold brew pitchers. I couldn’t resist, and I bought a pitcher on the spot. I have to thank my daughter for her comment, not only I have a beautiful cold brew coffee maker, but functionally is better than both the cotton bag and the screen filter. I’ll show you in a bit why this type of cold brew maker is better than the mason jar. More than that I’ll show you why I don’t recommend you to buy the Yama cold dripper.
Willow & Everett – Cold Brew Coffee Pitcher
The cold brew coffee maker from Willow & Everett is an elegant brewing device, with a sleek look. But the aesthetics are not its best feature. Comparing this pitcher with a mason jar, you can’t ignore the similarities:
- Airtight cap/lid
- Made of glass, and it doesn’t impart any flavor to coffee
- Easy to make cold brew coffee
- Easy to store, and fits nicely in the fridge
- You can make cold brew tea as well, if that’s your “cup of tea”
- No BPA
In addition to these, the cold brew coffee pitcher from Willow & Everett has a sturdy and easy to clean filter, and fits better in the fridge.
Why Is Willow & Everett Different?
How is the Willow & Everett different from other cold brew pitchers? Well I checked a few other products on the market, in the same price range, and this is what I found. Although they look the same at first sight, there a few problems that you need to check when you are shopping. Here is my list:
- The filter is wobbly and not very sturdy
- The filter is not fine enough, that means you need to grind very coarse. With a coarse grind the steeping is slowed down considerably.
- The pitcher is not tightly closed. The large spout leaves a lot of air to get in and out.
- The pitcher is made of very thin glass.
The only improvement I can see with the product is the seal, which is not airtight during brewing. The stainless steel cap does not seal the filter during brewing. It does seal though after removing the filter, during storing period.
How to use a cold brew coffee pitcher or a mason jar with a metallic screen filter
This pitcher is an immersion cold brew system, and it works similarly to mason jar system, or one of the large batch products such as Toddy, Filtron, or Oxo. The brewing principle is the same, only this is easier to use and store. On the other hand, it gives you less coffee than a Toddy. I have a system, I make a cold brew batch every other day. This way I never run out of cold brew coffee, and coffee is fresh.
- For making a batch, just add into the mesh filter about 1 ½ coarsely ground coffee. (A good grinder is a must.)
- Pour some water over the grinds, stirring with a spoon to help the saturation.
- When most of the grounds seem wet, pour some more water and stir some more.
- Fill the pitcher with water, and put the cap on.
- Put it in the fridge and steep for 12 hours minimum. The longer you steep, the stronger the coffee.
- After 12 hours remove the filter and serve.
- You can dilute with water or milk if the coffee is too strong.
You can move the silicone ring to the base of the lid put the lid back on the pitcher for storing the remaining coffee.