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Cafe Du Chateau vs Willow & Everett Side-by-Side Comparison

Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker vs the Willow & Everett. Two adaptations of a popular design. One succeeds, the other doesn’t.

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Cafe Du Chateau

Willow & Everett 1 Gallon

Cafe Du Chateau vs Willow & Everett Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Cafe Du ChateauWillow & Everett 1...7.77.37.68.38.28.47.48.3
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The Cafe Du Chateau is an attempt to make a modified French press design work as a cold brew coffee maker. While the brew quality is average, the all round design is flawed. The Carafe is top heavy and badly weighted for pouring. Additionally, the stopper is too tight while brewing and too loose when pouring.

Willow & Everett, on the other hand, is an adaptation of a mason jar. The dispenser tap is a great idea except that 20% of the brew must still be dispensed from the top. The tap or spigot, unfortunately, is not of the best quality and often doesn’t pour well. Furthermore, the glass around the tap is quite fragile. All in all, the one gallon jar is a much better proposition than the half gallon one. 

Because of its excellent brew quality, the Willow & Everett is still a brewer that we recommend. However, the Cafe Du Chateau is on our list as a brewer to avoid.

Pros & Cons

  • No plastics used
  • Airtight brewing
  • Well-machined filter
  • Funky design
  • Brew ratio
  • Brew quality
  • Tap dispenser
  • Weighty and unbalanced
  • Lid stopper tough to remove
  • Loose decanter lid
  • Cumbersome silicone seals 
  • Lid design
  • Weak glass around tap 
  • Tap is temperamental
  • No literature

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
9 x 6.5 inches
7.9 x 7.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, stainless steel, silicone
Glass, stainless steel
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Gause-type immersion
Filter HxDia
6.7 x 4 inches
6.9 x 4.1 inches
Decanter Weight
1.8 lbs
2.2 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$27.11
$32.70

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.3
8.4

Bouquet

6.0
8.5

Drinkability

7.0
8.5
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing in front of a cold brew coffee carafe.
A glass of freshly poured coffee in a glass resting in front of the Willow & Everett cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

9.0
8.0
The inside of a glass jar showing sediment left behind after a typical cold brew coffee maker brew.
The inside of a cold brew coffee maker showing leftover sediment after all the coffee has been decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
7.4

In the Box

The fully-assembled Chateau du Cafe cold brew coffee maker standing to the right of its box.
The unboxed and fully assembled Everett cold brew coffee maker.

Decanter

 A glass and stainless steel cold brew coffee maker standing on a countertop.
The Willow & Everett 1 gallon cold brew coffee maker resting on a wooden countertop.
Height with Stopper Lid
9
7.9
Base Diameter
5
5.1
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Weight
29.5 oz (836 g)
NaN lbs (NaN kg)
Material
borosilicate glass & stainless steel
Glass and stainless steel

Stopper / Lid

7.0
7.0
Close up of a stainless steel stopper with a silicone seal from a cold brew coffee maker.
A top down view of the inside of an aluminum lid removed from a mason-jar-type cold brew coffee maker.
Diameter
3.9 in (100 mm)
4.3
Material
stainless steel
Aluminum
Additional Features
silicone seal
None

Filter

8.5
8.0
A close up of a stainless steel immersion filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
A side-view of a gauze filter from a cold brew coffee maker on a wooden countertop.
A side-view of a gauze filter from a cold brew coffee maker on a wooden countertop.
A close up front-view of a gauze filter from a cold brew coffee maker on a wooden countertop.
Length
6.7" (17.0 cm)
6.9" (17.5 cm)
Diameter
4
4.1
Material
laser-cut 304 stainless steel
Stainless steel
Additional Features
silicone seal
Additional tap filter

Build Quality

7.0
7.0
The Cafe du Chateau cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 5 parts.
The completely disassembled Willow & Everett 1 gallon cold brew coffee maker showing four separate parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.3
8.3

Brewing

9.0
9.0
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing video
Cafe Du Chateau Brewing
A gauze filter filled with coffee grounds, a 1-gallon cold brew coffee maker half-filled with water, and a measuring jug.
A gauze filter filled with coffee grounds, a 1-gallon cold brew coffee maker half-filled with water, and a measuring jug.
The Willow & Everett 1 gallon cold brew coffee maker.
The gauze filter on a scale filled with 200g of coffee grounds and the cold brew vessel standing to the right.

Decanting

8.0
7.0
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

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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