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Cafe Du Chateau vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Cafe Du Chateau cold brew coffee maker vs the Toddy System. Find out why it takes more than a fancy name to be a standout brewer.

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Cafe Du Chateau vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

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Cafe du Chateau is a take on the French press design but comes with an immersion filter. The true value of a French press, however, is the plunge filter coupled to a free-style brewing technique. The Cafe Du Chateau with its fixed brew ratio and immersion filter eschews these advantages for no apparent gain.

Cafe Du Chateau falls short in other ways. The brewer is top heavy and cumbersome at pouring. Furthermore, the stopper is too tight while brewing and too loose when the filter is removed. 

The Toddy System, by comparison, is a well-thought out design using quality materials, but filtering and decanting can sometimes be bothersome.

Pros & Cons

  • No plastics used
  • Airtight brewing
  • Well-machined filter
  • Minimal parts
  • No over-packaging
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Ergonomic components
  • Attractive carafe
  • Included paper filter bags
  • Cold or hot brewing
  • Weighty and unbalanced
  • Lid stopper tough to remove
  • Loose decanter lid
  • Cumbersome silicone seals 
  • Felt filter tends to clog
  • No brew vessel markings

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
9 x 6.5 inches
8.7 x 7.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, stainless steel, silicone
HDPE plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Base plug filter
Filter HxDia
6.7 x 4 inches
0.2 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1.8 lbs
1.4 oz

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$27.11
$39.62

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.3
10

Bouquet

6.0
10

Drinkability

7.0
10
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing in front of a cold brew coffee carafe.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
The Toddy System carafe filled with fresh cold-brewed coffee. The carafe is pictured next to the carafe stopper and a glass.

Sediment

9.0
10
The inside of a glass jar showing sediment left behind after a typical cold brew coffee maker brew.
A close up of sediment left behind in a glass carafe after all the cold-brewed coffee has carefully been decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
9.4

In the Box

The fully-assembled Chateau du Cafe cold brew coffee maker standing to the right of its box.
The unboxed contents of the Toddy Cold Brew System. Pictured is the brew vessel, glass carafe, and filtration system.

Decanter

 A glass and stainless steel cold brew coffee maker standing on a countertop.
The glass carafe of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter with the carafe lid to one side.
Height with Stopper Lid
9
8.7
Base Diameter
5
5.1
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
29.5 oz (836 g)
1.4 oz (40 g)
Material
borosilicate glass & stainless steel
borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

7.0
10
Close up of a stainless steel stopper with a silicone seal from a cold brew coffee maker.
Diameter
3.9 in (100 mm)
3.5 in (90 mm)
Material
stainless steel
low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Additional Features
silicone seal
N/A

Filter

8.5
9.0
A close up of a stainless steel immersion filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Toddy System Filter
Length
6.7" (17.0 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
4
2.7 in (70 mm)
Material
laser-cut 304 stainless steel
felt filter x 2
Additional Features
silicone seal
3 paper brew bags

Build Quality

7.0
9.5
The Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 5 parts.
From left to right: The brew vessel, glass carafe, and silicone stopper of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.3
8.0

Brewing

9.0
8.0
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing video
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
The Toddy Cold System brew vessel filled with coffee grounds and water pictured next to its packaging box.

Decanting

8.0
7.5
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting
Cafe Du Chateau Decanting video

Cleaning and Storage

7.0
9.0
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video 1
Cafe Du Chateau Cleaning and Storage video
A top down view of how the Toddy Cold Brew System neatly packages away for convenient storage.