Primula Burke vs Bean Envy 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
Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Bean Envy Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

7.7
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    6.6/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.1/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.2/10
8.5
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.9/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.3/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.1/10

The Primula Burke pays a lot of attention to design detail. It’s a 1.6-quart glass jug with a neat plastic jacket available in a number of colors. The double lid design allows you to easily insert the filter, stir the contents, or just twist to pour. The nylon-type filter, however, is extremely fine and results in a very poor-quality brew. 

Bean Envy is likewise a well-designed product but it pays due attention to good brewing fundamentals. Its stainless steel filter is permeable enough to produce a good brew, and the thin neck / wide base design of the carafe is favorable. The Primula is not a brewer we actually recommend, while Bean Envy is one of the top brewers we have tested.

Brew Quality

6.6
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    6.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    6.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
7.9
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    8.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.5/10
6.0

Bouquet

8.0

The bouquet of the Primula was decidedly on the weaker side. It was light and sweet but our testers did, however, pick up a faint roasted note. This indicated that the brew was probably sub standard.

The Bean Envy produced a medium to strong bouquet. It had a distinctive roasted note, but there was some complexity to it. We also detected woody and herby notes, with a slight underlying hint of chocolate.

6.0

Drinkability

8.0
Primula Burke Drinkability

With a typical one-to-one dilution, the final drink was very light, watery, and somewhat sweet. In fact, even without dilution, it was still watery with little complexity. There was a slightly sour aftertaste, so not so satisfying. Although the brew is drinkable without dilution, it lacks excitement or complexity, which also means that the Primula is uneconomical for the amount of coffee ground used.

With the Primula, we would suggest a longer brewing period or brewing at room temperature. Either that, or using the hot blooming method to get a more substantial and richer brew.

Bean Envy Drinkability

Bean Envy presented a strong roasted flavor with a semi-full-bodied experience. Overall, the brew was a little bitter with not so much of a sweet aftertaste. We liked it as it was, but you could even dilute it a little. All things considered, it was a good brew for mixing. We have found that a brewer with a thin neck and wider base tends to get better results, and Bean Envy fits this design.

9.0

Sediment

7.5
Primula Burke Sediment

Having to filter a large quantity of liquid means cold brewing can be time consuming. Convenience, however, comes at a price. Our repeated testing has found that the permeability of an immersion filter is key to producing a quality brew.

The Primula recorded very little sediment, which at the same time betrayed its fundamental flaw. The filter, as good as it was, lacked the permeability to produce a worthwhile cold brew coffee concentrate. In this case, the cost of a perfectly filtered brew was the quality of the brew itself.

Bean Envy Sediment

After allowing the brew to settle, we decanted the contents to see how much sediment remained at the bottom. The Bean Envy produced a moderate amount of sediment as a fine sludge. Considering that it’s best to stir the brew before pouring to drink, we would recommend a second decanting. The sediment produced, however, was a good compromise for the quality of the brew.

Design

8.1
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    6.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
9.3
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.5/10

In the Box

Primula Burke In the Box
  • Box WHD: 7.9 x 9 x 7 inches
  • Fully assembled unit 
  • Multilingual user manual leaflet

The Primula comes securely boxed with place holders and minimal plastic, but the package is nothing fancy. The unit comes fully assembled with a user manual inside that unfolds with instructions in English, French, and Spanish. Brew instructions, product care, and a few suggested recipes are included.

Bean Envy In the Box
  • Box WDH: 5.3 x 5.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Assembled brew carafe 
  • Extra silicone lid
  • Brew guide and manual
  • Warranty tag and promotional card

Bean Envy is a high-quality craft product. The first thing you see in the box is the VIP card which invites you to scan the QR code to register your warranty, gain exclusive offers, and more — except our code didn’t work. Their only website is on Amazon and there’s no way to find the registration page. There is, however, a tag with a warranty on any broken glass, a support email, and toll-free number. 

Unperturbed, we unpacked the rest of the box. The side of the box promises a microdot precision laser fitter, a silicone base, and an extra strong borosilicate glass decanter. This product comes with two lids: one for brewing and one for post-decanting. The final item was a very high-quality product booklet, brew guide, and care manual all in one.

Decanter

Primula Burke Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.9 in (200 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.7 in (120 mm)
  • Width:
    7.4 in (180 mm)
  • Weight:
    19.5 oz (553 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass & plastic

The decanter or brew carafe is made of thick borosilicate glass and enclosed in a plastic jacket. The jacket doesn’t detach and also forms a base cushion. While cleaning, we noticed that there is an additional silicone seal on the base of the decanter.

Bean Envy Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.9 in (200 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.7 in (120 mm)
  • Width:
    5.9 in (150 mm)
  • Weight:
    16.5 oz  (470 g)
  • Material:
    Borosilicate glass, stainless steel, silicone

The decanter is well-made and specifically, we liked the thick rim. The extended and rounded handle is also very easy to grip. Likewise, the silicone base is neither too thick nor too thin and effortlessly slips on and off. This is something that not every brewer using a silicone base gets right. The base of the glass carafe is actually slightly indented for the fit and Bean Envy are awaiting patent approval for this design.

10

 Stopper / Lid

Stopper / Lid
Primula Burke Stopper / Lid
Primula Burke Stopper / Lid 1
  • Diameter:
    4.9 in (125 mm)
  • Material:
    plastic
  • Additional Features:
    open/close function, silicone seal

The lid comes in three parts. The outer section has a silicone seal for an airtight fit. The filter attaches to the bottom and you simply press it into the carafe. With the inner lid removed, you can easily pour in the water and then seal the carafe for brewing. When storing decanted coffee, you can open this lid to stir the contents before pouring. To pour, you turn the lid handle to the open spout position.

Bean Envy Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    3.3 & 2.7 in (85 & 70 mm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel, silicone
  • Additional Features:
    Silicone seal

The Bean Envy doesn’t stop with its unique carafe design. The stainless steel brew lid is quite similar to other designs, however, the additional all-silicone lid for post-decanting is quite unique. 

This lid makes up for the disparity between the fit of the lid with the filter and that without. Not only that, the silicone lid has a unique pop function. You just lift the lid slightly to pour from two different open positions, or you can twist the lid to a sealed position. However, we found the carafe doesn’t pour so well with the silicone lid extended.

6.0

Filter

9.0
Primula Burke Filter
  • Length:
     6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Diameter:
  • Material:
    polypropylene and nylon mesh
  • Additional Features:
    detachable base

The filter is solid and well-made. In terms of design for a cold brew coffee maker, the plastic jacket appears to be limiting. It is uncertain how much permeability this kind of filter design will allow for proper brewing. In test brewing, we found the filter design to be fundamentally flawed.

Bean Envy Filter
  • Length:
    6.9 in (175 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (70 mm)
  • Material:
    Lasered stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    Silicone seal

The Bean Envy filter is well-machined and made from fine laser-cut stainless steel. There are no sharp edges, but unfortunately, the bottom of the filter is solid. We have found that the presence of holes at the bottom makes it easier for decanting all the liquid, and may contribute to developing a better brew.

Also, from our extensive testing experience, fine-cut laser filters tend not to be the best. This is because they lack sufficient permeability for a good brew to develop. The Bean Envy filter, on the other hand, proved not to be the case as the brew quality was relatively good — also evidenced by the amount of sediment produced.

9.0

Build Quality

9.5
Primula Burke Build Quality

Overall we love the high quality of the materials and the convenient design. The mid-range 1.6 qt capacity is also very convenient, and we like how the brewer is wider rather than taller. The only fault is not so much the build quality, but rather the ill-conceived design of the filter.

Bean Envy Build Quality

Overall, we were very satisfied with the quality of the Bean Envy cold coffee brewer. The extra thought put into the base and lid designs was much appreciated. The only improvement would be with an upgrade to the filter and the pour with the silicone stopper.

Ease of Use

Ease-of-Use
9.2
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    10/10
9.1
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.5/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
9.0

Brewing

9.5
Primula Burke Brewing

The Primula filter takes around 3.5 oz / 100g of coffee grounds, which means about an inch to a half below the filter rim. After securing the filter onto the outer lid, you insert both into the decanter. Next, pour enough water to wet the grounds. After a couple of minutes, you slowly continue pouring water until the rising water hits just below the top of the plastic jacket. That’s about 40 fl.oz (1.2 L) or 6 measuring cups.  Finally, screw in the top lid so that the spout is also closed.

The brew decanter can sit in the door of your average 33- or 36-inch refrigerator but may be too big for an apartment-sized refrigerator. Brewing was relatively straightforward except for the lack of markers on the vessel. We also found the full carafe to be a little heavy. It weighed 4 lbs or 1.8 kg, so make sure to grip it firmly and avoid letting children handle it.

Bean Envy Brewing

The nice thing about Bean Envy is their included brew guide. First, they recommend freshly ground beans, and as coarse as you can grind them. They also pay due attention to brew ratio, which other manufacturers don’t generally do.

They recommend a typical 1:4 ratio. In their instructions, they speak of 8 tablespoons of grounds to 32 fl oz (1 L) of water. We carefully measured both water and grounds for testing. The Bean Envy filter takes 3 oz (typical for its size) or 85 g of grounds. The volume of water needed to completely soak the grounds was 1.1 L or 38 fl. oz. This is a typical ratio of 1:12 which matches with a number of other similar brewers.

Because of the type of filter, it took quite some time for the water to pass through. Therefore, you may want to start with at least 20 fl oz (600 ml) of water already added to the carafe.

9.0

Decanting

9.0
Primula Burke Decanting

We found that decanting worked best by simply lifting up the outer lid with the filter attached. Because the base of the filter is not permeable, it’s best to let the filter stand in a dish as quite a bit of extra brew still trickled out.

You can immediately remove the filter from the lid. We found a few granules of coffee had gathered around the edges so it’s best to completely rinse off the lid before putting it back. Once again, make sure the spout is closed to prevent coffee odors building up in your refrigerator.

As with most similar immersion filter brewers, decanting requires very little work. It took a little force to pry the filter out because it was tightly bonded—which was not a bad thing. Decanting would be easier though if the filter base had holes for all the liquid to flow out more easily. After decanting, you simply place on the silicone lid, which, apart from creating a different look, was also a very good fit.

10

Cleaning and Storage

8.5

Cleaning the Primula is effortless all round. It separates into seven parts. The filter parts and the lid can go on the top rack of a dishwasher while the decanter on the lower rack. It’s probably best to just rinse off the silicone seals. While cleaning, we discovered an additional seal at the base of the decanter. The plastic padding on the base gives a comfortable feeling when placing on the table, and peace of mind when storing away. We loved the quality of the decanter, except that it can be heavy for some when full, but the grip and pour is good.

We found it best to clean the brewer by hand, but the glass carafe and filter can easily go into a dishwasher. Both the filter and the carafe required the use of a bottle brush. The silicone base is very secure, yet you can slip it off easily and it’s also one of the best designs we have seen. Because there are two lids, you should make sure not to misplace one or the other while in storage.