Ovalware RJ3 Brewing Glass Carafe with Removable Stainless Steel Filter: My Recommendation for Excellent Cold-brewed Coffee and Tea
Ovalware RJ3 Brewing Glass Carafe with Removable Stainless Steel Filter Review
Current Price: $39.99
Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 9.7 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds
My Rating: 10 out of 10
As I mention in my article on plastic breakdown in plastic bottles drinking beverages out of a plastic container is unhealthy for a lot of reasons. This brewing carafe makes incredible cold brewed coffee and tea in your own home. If you are like me and love cold brewed coffee and tea from a coffee shop, you will be amazed when you discover how easy it is to make these in your own home.
This is the carafe I use in my own home and absolutely love it. Very simple to use and I have the satisfaction on knowing my cold brew is always 100% safe to drink. Not only that, it is very affordable as well.
Setup and Operation:
Wash all the part first before use to remove and factory dust and rinse thoroughly. Simply place the stainless steel extractor into the pitcher and add your coffee or tea (you can use either loose coffee or tea or bags) to the extractor unit. Then pour cold or room temperature tap or filtered watered into the unit, place the lid on top of the extractor and put it in your fridge for 12 to 24 hours. Personally, I fill with water from my Brita Filtration System to ensure that I am only using filtered water.
Before drinking, remove the extractor from the pitcher and discard the grounds or bags. You can then take the rubber ring off of the extractor and place it on the extractor lid and this becomes your airtight lid that you can then place back on the pitcher to store in the fridge.
It’s Concentrated So Use Your Discretion:
You will find that this brewer does brew a nice concentrated brew. At first I thought it was a bit small as I tend to drink a lot of fluids (it is 1 liter) but in reality I usually do add water and/or milk to my brew to my preferred strength. So the 1 liter size is quite nice as it does not take up a lot of room in the fridge. You may want to add more water and/or milk and sweetener to your cold brew to your liking. I find that it all depends on the coffee or tea I am using for the brew but play around with it to find what works best for you.
Easy Clean Up:
You can put the part in the dishwasher to clean them or just wash by hand. If you do elect to put them in the dishwasher, I recommend that you remove the rubber seal ring before placing in the dishwasher as this can break down from the heat cycle. It definitely is much easier to keep clean than any plastic containers you may have used for coffee or tea cold brew in the past.
Superb! Honestly, as simple as this carafe and extractor are, it brews a cold-brew that is coffee-shop quality or better. You will want to make sure you select quality teas and coffees to get the most enjoyment out of it, but I have even used regular Lipton tea bags in it.
Cold Brew Benefits:
So what is the difference of using cold brew vs chilling a coffee or tea that has been hot-brewed and then cooled? The biggest benefit is that cold-brew is 70% less acidic than their hot counterparts. Less acid means less upsetting to your stomach. But they are also richer in taste as well.
Optional Uses for the Carafe:
It can actually be used for hot beverages as well if you so choose to use it for that. But the carafe itself without the extractor is actually a very handsome accessory that you can use to serve hot or cold beverages at your dining table as well. I have even used it as a water pitcher. After running through the dishwasher, it did not have any coffee or tea taste to it whatsoever.
Highly Recommend for a Great Cold-Brew:
A great at-home carafe, the Ovalware RJ3 is definitely one of my recommendations for anyone looking for an option for making their own home cold-brew coffee or tea. It’s inexpensive, makes a fantastic cold-brew coffee or tea, and you’ll feel good about knowing that you aren’t ingesting plastic contaminants either. I really could not find anything wrong with this product and love it.