Cafe Du Chateau vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Cafe Du Chateau Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Bear Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

7.7
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.3/10
  • Design (15%)
    7.6/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.3/10
8.0
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.2/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.8/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.7/10

Neither the Cafe Du Chateau nor Coffee Bear is the most ideal cold brew coffee maker. However, the Coffee Bear is the better choice in terms of both design and quality of brew. Cafe Du Chateau is actually not a brewer we recommend based on its poor overall design. It’s heavy, cumbersome when pouring, and the stopper is not a good fit. 

The Coffee Bear is not a bad design if you are happy with a plastic and nylon filter. The body is glass, and the lid has a handy twist-to-pour design. It also has a slip-on silicone base, but it doesn’t have such a balanced design and it makes the brewer a difficult fit for a small refrigerator door bin. The brew quality is fairly average, so not that great.

Brew Quality

7.3
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    6.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    7.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
7.2
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    7.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    7.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    8.0/10
6.0

Bouquet

7.0

After 18 hours of brewing, the Cafe du Chateau produced a noticeably weak bouquet despite a reasonable brew ratio of 1:8. The bouquet did, however, have a distinctively earthy note. Overall, there was very little complexity and sweet notes were indiscernible.

The Coffee Bear produced a somewhat medium-strength bouquet. It had a slight roasted note and a hint of woodiness. It had none of the complexity that you would get from a brewer that makes a real cold brew concentrate.

7.0

Drinkability

7.0
Cafe Du Chateau Drinkability

Considering the brew ratio, we diluted the concentrate with one part water to one part coffee. The final serving was smooth to drink, but the aftertaste was neither rounded nor satisfying. It had a defined roasted and somewhat earthy flavor, but lacked character. Overall, the Cafe du Chateau produced an average to reasonably good brew, but it didn’t excite.

Coffee Bear Drinkability

The Coffee Bear brew was reasonable. It was of medium strength and we felt it was best to drink undiluted. There was a slight sweetness to the aftertaste, but overall it was not so full-bodied. There was little discernible difference between this brew and that of the almost identical product, the Coffee Gator.

9.0

Sediment

8.0
Cafe Du Chateau Sediment

After allowing the concentrate to settle, we decanted the contents of the Cafe du Chateau. The filter, made of laser-cut 304 stainless steel, did a good job overall.  There was not much sediment and it was mostly fine with some powdery grains. All considered, the filter seemed not porous enough to produce a high quality brew.

Coffee Bear Sediment

After allowing the brew to settle and decanting a second time, there was a moderate amount of fine sediment left behind. This was in line with the quality and design of the brewer, but you may want to decant the brew a second time yourself for a smoother drink.

Design

7.6
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    8.5/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    7.0/10
8.8
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    8.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    8.5/10

In the Box

Cafe Du Chateau In the Box
  • Box: WDH: 7 x 2.1 x 10.6 in
  • Fully assembled unit
  • Use manual and brew guide

The Cafe du Chateau was one of the few cold coffee brewers we bought that came with styrofoam packaging. It’s very secure and comes fully assembled. The user manual and brewing guide come together as a high-quality glossy booklet. Both the box and booklet feature a convenient QR code for the customer support email. They promise hassle free replacement for any damaged product. In terms of first impressions, we were well satisfied.

Coffee Bear In the Box
  • Box WDH: 6.7 x 4.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Assembled glass brewer
  • Instruction leaflet in Brewer
  • Product message card

Coffee Bear is a good-looking cold brew coffee maker. We liked its handy size and solid design. The design, as well as the box packaging, is almost identical to Coffee Gator. There are no other extras in the package except the brew guide and care manual all on one leaflet. The greeting card by ‘the founders’ seemed a little contrived.

Decanter

Cafe Du Chateau Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    9 in (230 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    5 in (127 mm)
  • Width:
    6.5 in (165 mm)
  • Weight:
    29.5 oz (836 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass & stainless steel

The brew decanter has the look and feel of a solid and durable product. However, on closer inspection it’s not without its flaws. For one, we found it a bit on the heavy side even when empty. We filled the decanter with water to test pour it, and it poured rather heavily. It also felt unbalanced and the grip was somewhat slippery. The manual says the glass decanter can detach from the stainless steel sleeve, but it was difficult to do, so we left this for the cleaning stage.

Coffee Bear Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    10 in (255 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    3.9 in (100 mm)
  • Width:
    6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Weight:
    30.0 oz (850 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass, silicone

The brew decanter is quite solid and appears well-made. The silicone base, although non-slip, was not the most perfectly level. On careful examination, the Coffee Bear carafe, without the silicone base, is slightly shorter than the Coffee Gator.

7.0

Stopper / Lid

10
Cafe Du Chateau Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    3.9 in (100 mm)
  • Material:
    stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

The stopper has an airtight when brewing, but is rather loose with the filter attachment removed. Furthermore, the silicone seal is very rubbery, deforms easily, and is overall not the best quality.

Coffee Bear Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
     4.3 in (110 mm)
  • Material:
    BPA-free plastic
  • Additional Features:
    2 white silicone gaskets

The screw-on plastic rim and lid are a very practical design. There are two silicone gaskets, but in comparison, it doesn’t screw on as easily as the Coffee Gator’s. The handle is likewise somewhat small and uncomfortable to grip.

8.5

Filter

8.0
Cafe Du Chateau Filter
  • Length:
    6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Diameter:
    4 in (102 mm)
  • Material:
    laser-cut 304 stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

The filter is made from laser-cut 304 grade stainless steel and comes with a ‘lifetime warranty’. It appeared well-machined and the edges were not sharp. However, like the decanter lid, the silicone seal around the filter top was not such great quality. The filter, however, did allow for a relatively decent brew to develop and the sediment produced didn’t require additional decanting.

Coffee Bear Filter
  • Length:
     7.5 in (190 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.5 in (65 mm)
  • Material:
    Black plastic, nylon mesh
  • Additional Features:
    Detachable base

The detachable base of the filter is not unique since we’ve encountered this design before. One drawback is it takes time to drain out all the liquid. Furthermore, a permeable base could possibly help in developing a better brew quality. We were eager to see what our test results would bring.

7.0

Build Quality

8.5
Cafe Du Chateau Build Quality

The materials used, except for the silicone seals, are generally good quality, however, the design is not well executed. The brewer is all-round cumbersome to handle, the lid and seals are poorly designed, and it is weighted badly for pouring. Overall, this has been one of our least favorite cold coffee brewers to work with and will probably gather dust on the shelf.

Coffee Bear Build Quality

Overall we were satisfied with the build quality. The silicone base, however, seemed less than the best. Compared to the almost identical Coffee Gator, the thread quality of the lid seemed not as good nor the filter assembly as smooth. Zoopolitics aside, we felt that the build quality of the Coffee Bear was not quite up to that of the contending Coffee Gator. Not a lion’s roar of a difference, but Coffee Bear also has fewer value-added extras.

Ease of Use

8.3
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    8.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    7.0/10
8.7
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    8.5/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
9.0

Brewing

8.5
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing

Like its design, brewing with the Cafe du Chateau has its unique points. No measuring is required because you just fill the filter with grounds to about 1 cm (less than ½ inch) below the top. 

Then, you gradually pour water through the grounds but you don’t push the filter completely in. The filter has an upper chamber which makes pouring water very easy. The filter itself is very fine so you must wait for water to seep through. The last 200 ml of water takes a little time to pour.

Once the water is just below the 1-liter mark, you push the filter unit completely in and do the same for the lid. Despite the cumbersome design of the silicone seals, they do a pretty good job. Most air is completely compressed out of the brew decanter. All in all, the brewing method seemed very sound and we looked forward to the brewing results.

Coffee Bear Brewing

Brewing was a simple process of attaching the filter to the ring neck and then pouring in the grounds. The recommended amount of grounds is 95 g (3.3 oz) which is just below the mesh line.

You can pour in the grounds, but the last few inches may require a spoon. We used the silicon funnel and stainless steel measuring spoon from the similar Coffee Gator brewer. It was a lot easier but the Coffee Bear does not come with these useful little extras. 

We also found that for a small refrigerator, we had to remove the silicone base for the Coffee Bear to fit in the door. Furthermore, the base is cumbersome to reattach especially if the carafe is full.

8.0

Decanting

 Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting

As with all similar immersion brew filters, all we had to do was remove the filter and place it in a glass to catch the remaining liquid. The stopper comes off with the filter attached. To separate the stopper, you’ll need to hold the filter tight, twist and pull forcefully.

Additionally, the decanter lid doesn’t fit so snugly when the filter unit is removed.This means that your fridge may become contaminated with coffee odors and the concentrate may oxidize and spoil faster.

Once the filter and grounds are removed, you should have around 700 ml of cold brew coffee concentrate. The overall volume is 900 ml (30 fl oz) with the difference being taken up by the filter and grounds while brewing.

We experienced no issues with decanting. After slowly removing the neck ring, we checked the filter and it was still securely attached. It’s best to detach the filter immediately and leave the remaining liquid to drain into another container. We rinsed the neck ring, resealed the carafe, and refrigerated again. Our next step was to do our brew score testing for bouquet, drinkability, and sediment.

7.0

Cleaning and Storage

8.5

Cleaning the Cafe du Chateau filter is easy enough. Use a standard non-abrasive sponge. You can reach to the bottom of the filter and the edges are not sharp. The decanter itself is easy to reach inside.

The user manual states the glass decanter is fully removable from the stainless steel jacket. Even after running under hot water, however, we were unable to remove the decanter. We didn’t want to exert too much force and break the glass, nor injure ourselves, so we didn’t succeed in separating the parts. 

All components except for the silicone seals can go into the dishwasher.

Once dried, the brewer can be stored fully assembled. It looks nice on a counter and should easily fit in a standard cupboard or a shelf space. The filter also stands well on its own for storage when the decanter is in use.

Cleaning is about as straightforward as decanting. We detached the base of the filter, shook out the grounds, and rinsed thoroughly. Afterward, we gently cleaned inside with a bottle brush and outside with a non-abrasive sponge. The black plastic containing the mesh filter makes it hard to see where the coffee oils are. The carafe can be cleaned by hand, but larger hands may not fit inside. 

The instructions say all parts are dishwasher friendly. We, however, disagree, feeling only the glass carafe should be put in a dishwasher.