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Cafe Du Chateau vs Oxo Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

Cafe Du Chateau cold brew coffee maker vs OXO Compact. A brewer with fancy ideals versus a brewer that simply makes good cold brew coffee.

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Cafe Du Chateau

Oxo Cold Brew Compact

Cafe Du Chateau vs OXO Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Oxo Cold Brew CompactCafe Du Chateau9.09.09.08.97.77.37.68.3
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Cafe Du Chateau is an attempt to repurpose the French press design for cold brew coffee making using an immersion filter. The design is flawed and the brew it produces is pretty average. We found this brewer to be top heavy, overall weighty, and the stopper cumbersome.

OXO, by contrast, is a company dedicated to coffeeware and their cold brew coffee makers use a proprietary rainshower drip method. The OXO Compact is also just as easy to use as any immersion filter brewer because of the measurement guides on the side. 

While the Cafe Du Chateau is not a brewer we recommend due to its design flaws and difficult weighting, the OXO Compact is one of our top recommended cold coffee makers.

Pros & Cons

  • No plastics used
  • Airtight brewing
  • Well-machined filter
  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Weighty and unbalanced
  • Lid stopper tough to remove
  • Loose decanter lid
  • Cumbersome silicone seals 
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
9 x 6.5 inches
7 x 5.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.0" (12.7 cm)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, stainless steel, silicone
Polypropylene plastic, AS resin
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel / plastic base plug
Filter HxDia
6.7 x 4 inches
0.1 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1.8 lbs
0.4 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$27.11
$34.37

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.3
9.0

Bouquet

6.0
9.0

Drinkability

7.0
9.0
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing in front of a cold brew coffee carafe.
The Oxo Compact cold brew carafe filled with coffee standing next to glass a third filled with coffee.

Sediment

9.0
9.0
The inside of a glass jar showing sediment left behind after a typical cold brew coffee maker brew.
Sediment at the bottom of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe after all the coffee has been carefully decanted out.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
9.0

In the Box

The fully-assembled Chateau du Cafe cold brew coffee maker standing to the right of its box.
The unboxed Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker. Pictured next to the box is the brew vessel, the carafe, and user manual.

Decanter

 A glass and stainless steel cold brew coffee maker standing on a countertop.
The small glass carafe of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a wood counter with the cork stopper to the right.
Height with Stopper Lid
9
5.5 in (140 mm)
Base Diameter
5
3.74 in (95 mm)
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
29.5 oz (836 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Material
borosilicate glass & stainless steel
borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

7.0
9.0
Close up of a stainless steel stopper with a silicone seal from a cold brew coffee maker.
Oxo Compact Stopper / Lid video
The cork stopper of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe with its silicone seal removed and resting to the right.
Diameter
3.9 in (100 mm)
2 in (52 mm)
Material
stainless steel
cork
Additional Features
silicone seal
silicone seal

Filter

8.5
9.0
A close up of a stainless steel immersion filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
The round mesh filter of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker pictured with the base unit that holds the filter.
Length
6.7" (17.0 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
4
2.7 in (60 mm)
Material
laser-cut 304 stainless steel
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
Additional Features
silicone seal
red silicone gasket, spring valve

Build Quality

7.0
9.0
The Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 5 parts.
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.3
8.9

Brewing

9.0
9.0
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing video
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.

Decanting

8.0
9.0
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting video
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
A short video showing how coffee decants from the brew vessel into the glass carafe of the Oxo cold brew coffee maker.

Cleaning and Storage

7.0
8.5
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video 1
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video

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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