The Aquach has one of the most aesthetically pleasing and practical designs for an immersion cold coffee brewer. There’s very little not to like about it and the materials are first rate. However, the filter, as we suspected and our tests revealed, is not the best design for a high-quality cold brew experience.
The overall design of the Coffee Gator is simple and practical. The way the lid works is particularly nice, but the handle needs rethinking. The stainless steel measuring spoon and silicone funnel are also quite versatile in and of themselves.
Because of its practical design, the Aquach is one of the easiest cold brew coffee makers to use. Not only that, but the hole at the bottom of the filter makes it easy to drain all remaining brew. For the most part, cleaning is also effortless.
Coffee Gator is exceptionally easy to use because of the included measuring spoon and silicone pouring funnel. The filter attaches securely and effortlessly, and the lid design is most practical. Hand cleaning is also no issue.
As with any immersion filter brewer, the filter needs to be permeable enough to infuse sufficient flavor into the brew while keeping sediment contained. Unfortunately, the Aquach didn’t quite succeed here as our test results revealed it failed to produce a strong brew and it lacked a complex flavor. The brew ratio is also not the best.
The brew quality of the Coffee Gator was fairly average and much in line with other immersion brewers with a similar ratio. The brew lacked complexity overall but was drinkable enough without dilution. Hot blooming may be an option, but many people prefer a stainless steel filter for this.
Pros & Cons
- Stylish decanter
- Lid design
- Decanter handle
- High-quality filter
- No plastic parts
- Quality of glass carafe
- Additional spoon and funnel
- Neat and clever lid
- Twist to pour lid
- Personalized extras
- Poor brew quality
- Grip and length of handle
- Brew rather average
The Aquach and Coffee Gator cold brew coffee makers are quite different in their design. Of the two brewers, the Aquach produces a stronger, better quality brew. This isn’t due to a difference in the brew ratio, but rather the filter material and design.
The Coffee Gator uses a plastic and nylon filter whereas the Aquach has a stainless steel filter. Both brewers are made from glass. The Coffee Gator, however, has a jug-type design and thicker glass and it fits more easily in a refrigerator door than the Aquach.
The uniqueness of the Aquach is its stylish look sporting an insertable stainless steel neck, a filter with an easy-lift design, and a quality stopper. The Coffee Gator, on the other hand, features a twist-to-pour lid.
Behind the Comparison
Roger Shitaki is a writer, author, and editor. His niches are household appliances, health & wellness, and travel. He’s a freelance contributor to a Tokyo lifestyle website and a leading ophthalmology magazine in Asia.