Home and Above Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Coffee Maker Quality9.0/10
Ease of Use9.0/10
- Beautiful design
- All glass and stainless steel
- Clear markings for measuring water volume
- Difficult to clean
- Difficult to add grounds to chamber
- Requires at least 3 ounces of water
- Grounds container doesn't filter sediment
There are a lot of different ways to make cold brew coffee, but that doesn't mean it has to be a complicated process.
In fact, no matter what method you resort to, it's unlikely you'll have any trouble whipping up a good batch of cold brew. This is especially true for the immersion method, which is arguably the simplest and most-effective method for making great-tasting cold coffee.
And in today's review I'm taking a look at a cold brew coffee maker that brews cold brewed coffee via this very method.
It's Home and Above's very own immersion cold brew coffee maker, which was graciously sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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What I Like
The way this coffee maker looks makes it standout when compared to the competition. Additionally, the glass body makes it quite elegant from a materials perspective.
It's very similar in appearance to the Hario Mizudashi, except the grounds container reaches closer to the base of the carafe.
The carafe pours well and the water line indicators are helpful for dosing.
Finally, the cold brew itself tastes good, assuming you are using good coffee and water at the right grind size. Of course, you won't get super clean cold brew concentrate out of the Home and Above, but this is an easy fix if you run the concentrate through a paper filter after brewing.
What I Dislike
While I definitely liked the Home and Above for its general aesthetic and materials, there were certainly things I felt that could be improved from a usability perspective.
For one, it is quite difficult to add coffee to the grounds chamber given how narrow the opening is.
Of course, if you have an AeroPress funnel it's much easier to add the coffee, but I think this small detail makes the Home and Above less-appealing when compared to other popular immersion cold brew coffee makers like the Toddy and Filtron.
I also don't like how the grounds chamber doesn't reach the bottom of the carafe. Because of this, one would need to use at least 3 ounces of water to even extract any of the coffee in the grounds chamber.
In addition to this shortcoming (literally), the design does not ensure an even extraction of the coffee, since the grounds chamber doesn't reach the bottom of the carafe. As such, any water at the bottom of the carafe is not extracting the coffee directly.
The last major issue I have with the Home and Above cold brew coffee maker is the somewhat cumbersome cleaning process. The grounds chamber requires some pretty rigorous shaking and rinsing, but my biggest issue is with the carafe itself.
With its all-glass body and narrow opening, a bottle brush is gonna be necessary to remove any residual coffee oils.
Cafiza would also probably do the trick.
In many ways, cold brew coffee makers can be viewed as a gimmick considering how simple it is to make with some basic materials, like a stove pot and coffee filter.
Still, the Home and Above cold brew coffee maker has a sexy and slim profile and comes in at a pretty affordable price. If you're not looking to make more than a few cups of cold brew coffee at a time, it definitely serves its purpose.
Would I personally buy it? Probably not.
But this has little to do with the design or the performance of the Home and Above, and more to do with the fact that I prefer “cleaner” cold brew and therefore use cold brew coffee makers that require paper filters.
Still, I'd say this is a nice starter immersion cold brew coffee maker, and it's unlikely to disappoint if you take good care of it.