County Line Kitchen vs Takeya Side-by-Side Comparison

Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

8.6
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.8/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.6/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.2/10
8.3
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.8/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.9/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.8/10

The County Line Kitchen and Takeya are two cold brew coffee makers that focus on practical design more so than stylish looks. County Line Kitchen is a country-style mason jar cold brew coffee maker. It comes in a 1-quart and 2-quart size, both with a screw-on lid and a flip cap for easy pouring. You can also choose between a brewer with or without a handle.

The brew ratio of the County Line Kitchen and the Takeya are both a favorable 1:9 of grounds to water. Their brew quality is also basically the same. If you want to brew in quantity then the Takeya is the best choice. 

If you’re looking for a more versatile brewer, we recommend the County Line Kitchen. With a stainless steel mesh filter, it can also be used for hot beverage brewing. If you purchase the additional aluminum lid, you can use it much the same as any mason jar. Additionally, the 1-gallon brewer is excellent for summer favorites such as lemonade, or fruit teas.

Brew Quality

Brew Quality
7.8
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    7.5/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.0/10
7.8
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    8.5/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.0/10
7.5

Bouquet

 Bouquet

The County Line Kitchen mason jar brewer produced, at a best, a medium-strength bouquet. We detected a slight nuttiness as well as more subtle sweet notes. The results were not as good as we had hoped for, but promising nonetheless.

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker produced a moderately strong bouquet and one of the better ones we’ve sampled. Crisper and sweeter notes were present, but somewhat subdued. Earthy notes, with acidic overtones, tended to be more prominent.

8.0

Drinkability

Drinkability
County Line Kitchen Drinkability

We diluted the concentrate with one part coffee to one part filtered water. It had a dominant roasted flavor, but with a slight sweet aftertaste. The drink lacked nutty and fruity flavors that our top brewers were more successful at producing. Although smooth to drink, it lacked body and was not as satisfying as a cold brew can be.

Takeya Cold Brew Drinkability

We diluted the Takeya concentrate 1:1 with filtered water. While the Takeya had a complex flavor profile, it was more medium-bodied. Deep earthy or chocolatey flavors came through the most with a strong roasted flavor. A tinge of sweetness made for a light aftertaste and overall it was smooth and enjoyable to drink. Adding cream to the water dilution resulted in a more finished taste.

7.0

Sediment

7.0
County Line Kitchen Sediment

We brewed according to the County Line Kitchen manual’s instructions. This means we did not shake the vessel before putting it in the refrigerator. After allowing the brew to settle and then decanting, we were surprised to see a relatively significant amount of sediment. 

The filter is a rough mesh rather than a laser-cut stainless steel filter as seen in other types of brewers. Although this brewer did better than average in producing a sweeter brew, we suggest additional decanting to remove excess sediment. Either that, or run the coffee through a paper filter.

Takeya Cold Brew Sediment

With repeated testing, we found that the Takeya has a tendency to produce quite a bit of sediment depending on how you handle it. You have to screw the filter tightly into the lid, and avoid shaking too vigorously. Though you can technically brew with the Takeya on its side, it’s probably best to brew standing up. We allowed the concentrate to settle, decanted into another container, and discarded the sediment left behind.

Design

9.6
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    10/10
8.9
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    8.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10

In the Box

In the ‘Box’
County Line Kitchen In the Box
  • Box WHD: 8.3 x 4.5 in x 6.3 inches
  • Assembled unit
  • Warranty card
  • User brochure manual

The County Line Kitchen 1-quart cold brew coffee maker comes in a really neat box. There’s no superfluous packaging and zero disposable plastics. The brewer comes fully assembled and the brochure outlines six easy steps to brewing and three suggested serving recipes. The warranty card directs you to their website to register your product, after which they provide a sales support email. There’s no QR code, so you have to do it the old-fashioned way.

Takeya Cold Brew In the ‘Box’
  • Assembled brew decanter
  • Inlay leaflet
  • User guide

The Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker comes fully assembled. Both the inlay leaflet and the user guide are placed in the brew decanter. The User Guide has a product description, brewing instructions, five suggested drink recipes, and a 1-Year Limited Warranty notification.

Decanter

County Line Kitchen Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.7 in (195 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    3.5 in (90 mm)
  • Width:
    6.3 (160 mm)
  • Weight:
    17.0 oz (482 g)
  • Material:
    glass

The brew decanter is just as robust as any mason jar. The inner lid has a silicone gasket for a perfect seal. A handy notch lets you easily pluck the gasket out for cleaning. When sealed, even if you shake the jar around, no liquid spills and the flip cap stays secure too.

Takeya Cold Brew Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    12.2 in (310 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.3 x 3.7 in oblong (110 x 95 mm)
  • Width:
    5.9 in (150 mm)
  • Weight:
    12.0 oz (340 g)
  • Material:
    BPA-free Tritan plastic

The Takeya has a slightly oblong base which tapers up to a round top. It therefore tends to fit most refrigerator doors. The brew decanter has a screw-on frame with a handle and a screwable lid that also attaches to the filter. The high-quality Tritan plastic looks very clean and is also stain, odor, and shatter resistant. The decanter is made in the USA while the filter is made in China.

10

Stopper / Lid

10
County Line Kitchen Stopper / Lid
County Line Kitchen Stopper / Lid 2
  • Diameter:
    6 in incl.handle (150 mm)
  • Material:
    polypropylene plastic
  • Additional Features:
    silicone gasket

The lid of the County Line consists of three parts. The handle is molded onto the crew-top lid. The handle is easy to grip with an inner thumb groove. To pour the liquid, you simply clip the flip-lid open which also detaches for easy cleaning. Inside the lid is also a gasket for airtight sealing. Although the handle is convenient, you can also opt for a simple screw top without a handle for a more compact option.

Takeya Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    6.3 in with handle (160 mm)
  • Material:
    Tritan plastic
  • Additional Features:
    silicone gasket

We tested the decanter vessel and were happy to find it did not leak. The product is very secure and tight. The lid partially unscrews for pouring, and then further unscrews to remove completely. The container can also hold hot liquids, but you should not fully seal the lid while still hot.

9.0

Filter

8.0
County Line Kitchen Filter
  • Length:
    5.5 in (140 mm)
  • Diameter:
    3.2 in (82 mm)
  • Material:
    stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

Compared to other stainless steel filters we’ve examined, the County Line Kitchen’s looks and feels heavier. It matches the sturdy solidity of the mason jar and adds to its old-fashioned country feel. Although a fair bit of sediment is produced, our tests revealed that the brew produced is relatively good quality.

Takeya Cold Brew Filter
  • Length:
    0.4 in (265 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (70 mm)
  • Material:
    nylon & polypropylene
  • Additional Features:
    detachable extender

A key feature of the Takeya cold coffee brewer seems to be the full-length filter that maximizes contact with grounds. The grounds fill the filter and go part way up into the extender.

It comes in two parts, and the upper extender detaches for easy cleaning, which seems to be its key function. However, we found it a bit cumbersome to attach the extender to the filter. The filter is a porous nylon polyester and allows for a relatively good brew to develop. A filter replacement is also available as a separate purchase.

10

Build Quality

9.0
County Line Kitchen Build Quality

It’s difficult not to like the design of the County Line Kitchen cold brew coffee maker. If you like the solid practicality of a mason jar, it fits the bill. The part count is minimal and all components fit well. We also appreciate the option of buying a lid with or without a handle.

Takeya Cold Brew Build Quality

9The Tritan plastic brew decanter is a high-class piece of equipment and the airtight screw top is well-designed. The long filter, however, requires more effort for cleaning. The way the filter assembles is also a little cumbersome. Additionally, the sediment test shows that the filter is not so effective if you’re careless when putting it together or if you shake the vessel too vigorously. While overall of good quality, there are more parts than we’d prefer.

Ease of Use

9.2
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    10/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    8.5/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
8.8
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    8.5/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.5/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.0/10
10

Brewing

8.5
County Line Kitchen Brewing
County Line Kitchen Brewing 1

Brewing follows six easy steps. Simply load the filter with coffee grounds — one cup per quart (reaching about one inch from the top) — and place the filter in the jar. Then, you slowly add water until the grounds are completely covered and the water level nears the top of the filter. 

Allow to stand for a few minutes while the water makes its way through the grounds. Top up with water as needed, screw on the lid, and place in the fridge to brew. We found this process completely effortless with no need for weighing or measuring.

Takeya Cold Brew Brewing

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker doesn’t require any gradual wetting of the grounds. Just put 170g of grounds in the filter (it should come to 2 inches from the extender rim) and you’re ready to go. 

Then, you screw on the lid and immerse it into the pitcher with 7 cups of cold water. If you prefer metric, that’s roughly 1,680 ml — about an inch from the top of the vessel. 

After inserting the filter with the grounds, we shook the container and let it sit for 10 minutes. The brewer was shaken thoroughly once again before going into the refrigerator on its side. We shook the container periodically another four times over the 18 hours of brewing. This device therefore takes a little more attention than other methods, but overall it’s quite straightforward.

A key selling point for this brewer is its airtight seal. This means coffee odors will not contaminate your refrigerator while brewing. There is also less oxidative stress, so you can store your coffee longer.

8.5

Decanting

9.5
County Line Kitchen Decanting

We found the screwable cap may require a little force to remove depending on how tightly you put it on. The filter, though, is easy to grip and remove without any grounds dropping into the vessel. Like similar long-funnel filters, you can always place it in a cup to catch the last few drops. It’s best to rinse the lid of any grounds before replacing and putting the finished brew in your fridge. Because of the amount of sediment produced, we recommend recanting for a second time once the brew has been allowed to settle.

Takeya Cold Brew Decanting

Decanting the Takeya simply means unscrewing the lid and taking out the attached filter. Next, unscrew the filter from the lid and then screw the air-tight lid back onto the pitcher.In this sense, it’s one of the most convenient immersion brewer designs. 

After removing the filter, the manufacturer recommends you place it in a tall glass for 45 min to catch remaining concentrate. You should also clean the lid of any grounds before screwing it back onto the decanter. These tips are only found on the product homepage.

As pointed out, if you fail to attach the filter extender securely, or shake the vessel too vigorously, you may have to decant the contents a second time.

When you need to decant some coffee to drink, partially unscrew the lid to align the gap to the spout. It’s safe to pick up the container by the lid handle because the lid ring remains securely attached.

8.5

Cleaning and Storage

8.0

For deep cleaning, you need to remove the flip cap and the lid’s inner gasket. The silicone ring seal for the filter simply slides off. The filter rinses out easily and you can use a gentle bottle brush if you wish. We found the small 1-quart jar a little narrow for hand cleaning, so we used a bottle brush there too.

All parts are dishwasher friendly, but it’s probably better to just rinse off the silicone filter seal and lid gasket. You’ll periodically need to soak the filter in a mixture of water and baking soda, vinegar, or citric acid to unclog coffee oils and remove odors. 

After brewing, you will need a small space to store the filter. You should place it upside down so the silicone seal stays safe. When you are not using the jar, everything conveniently stores as a single unit.

In total, the Takeya separates into seven cleanable parts. The online instructions state that all parts, including the filter, are dishwasher safe. We presume, however, that it would be better to not put the rubber gasket for the screwable lid into the dishwasher. For hand washing, it’s very easy to reach inside the brew vessel.

The filter itself is quite long, and was difficult to clean without a bottle brush. Without proper cleaning, over time coffee oils can clog the fine holes and produce a stale smell. For deep cleaning, you should soak in a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. 

Cleaning was not as straightforward as it seemed like it should be. The handle has a nice silicone sleeve for comfortable gripping. It took a little effort to remove that for cleaning and to replace it again.

Storage is easy enough because all parts screw together and you are unlikely to misplace any parts if you reassemble properly. Replacement filters can also be purchased online.