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Cafe Du Chateau vs County Line Kitchen Side-by-Side Comparison

Cafe Du Chateau cold brew coffee maker vs County Line Kitchen. A brewer with pretentious claims vs one that just brews good coffee.

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Cafe Du Chateau vs County Line Kitchen Side-by-Side Comparison

Specifications

Price at publication
$27.11$24.82
Brewer HxW
9 x 6.5 inches7.7 x 6.3 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.0" (12.7 cm)3.5" (8.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, stainless steel, siliconeGlass, silicone, plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersionStainless steel immersion
Filter HxDia
6.7 x 4 inches5.5 x 3.2 inches
Decanter Weight
1.8 lbs1.1 lbs
Total Parts Count
66

Design

Stopper / Lid
Filter
Build Quality
Overall Design Scoring

The Cafe du Chateau is an attractive, durable product made from high grade materials. There are no plastics whatsoever, though the product arrived in a styrofoam jacket in the box. We were, however, not so thrilled with the overall design.

The County Line Kitchen cold brew coffee maker is a practical design which captures the aesthetic of a traditional homestead. The screw-top lid can be purchased with or without a handle. The flip lid is very convenient and pours well. The brewer is airtight with a silicone seal, and you can also fit the mason jar with a traditional metal screw cap.

Usability Comparison

Brewing
Decanting
Cleaning and Storage
Overall Usability Scoring

Brewing was the easiest part of using the Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker. Decanting was straightforward except that removing the filter required some effort. However, the cumbersome silicone seals were a hindrance, and the brew decanter did not separate from the stainless steel jacket as advertised.

Brewing with the County Line Kitchen is very easy and straightforward. It’s not necessary to weigh or measure either grounds or water. Just fill the filter and jar as described below.

Although decanting is just a question of removing the filter, its lower level of filtration means you may want to refilter or further decant the contents. For the 1-quart jar, we had to use a bottle brush to scrub it out.

Brew Quality

Bouquet
Drinkability
Sediment
Overall Performance Scoring

The Cafe du Chateau produced a medium-strength brew. While smooth to drink and well-filtered, it lacks complex flavor and the aftertaste is not very rounded.

We found the brew quality of the County Line Kitchen cold brew coffee maker to be promising. It did well to bring out sweet profiles, but at the same time, the brew lacked complexity. We recommend brewing for longer than our test standard of 18 hours. The amount of sediment indicated that the filter was not so effective, but nonetheless a good compromise on the brew quality.

Overall Scores

Brew Quality
Design
Ease of Use
Overall Scoring

Pros & Cons

  • No plastics used
  • Airtight brewing
  • Well-machined filter
  • Versatile product
  • Minimal packaging
  • Packed and shipped in the US
  • Robust and durable
  • Airtight silicone gasket
  • Weighty and unbalanced
  • Lid stopper tough to remove
  • Loose decanter lid
  • Cumbersome silicone seals 
  • Brew strength average
  • Filter not so effective

Conclusion

Both the Cafe Du Chateau and County Line Kitchen are cold brew coffee makers made from glass with stainless steel filters. That aside, they are very different in design quality and practical usage. 

The Cafe Du Chateau is an attempt to emulate a French press design. It fails in that the device is too heavy, badly weighted for easy pouring, and the stopper is either too loose or too tight. The brew quality, at least, is average. 

The County Line Kitchen, on the other hand, is a fairly lightweight and eminently practical mason jar design. The stainless steel mesh-like filter has a brew ratio of 1:9 and produces a comparatively good brew. The brewer comes with a BPA-free plastic screw-on lid, with or without a handle. To pour, you simply flip up the cap, and most conveniently, the water-tight brewer can also store on their side after decanting.

Behind the Comparison

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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.

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