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Primula Burke vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Primula Burke cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. Two less than ideal brewers. Find out which one has at least an average brew.

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Primula Burke Deluxe

Coffee Bear

Primula Burke vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

Neither the Primula Burke nor the Coffee Bear are the most ideal cold brew coffee makers. To its credit, the Primula Burke has an original and quality design. In particular, the lid and how the filter attaches are very well-designed.

The filter, however, is too fine, resulting in a poor-quality brew. The Primula Burke is not a brewer we recommend. The plastic and nylon filters of both the Primula Burke and Coffee Gator are not ideal for hot brewing, and have limited versatility or added value.

The brew quality of Coffee Bear is somewhat below average. Its black plastic filter makes it difficult to see or remove coffee oils. The twist-to-pour lid is a bonus, but the silicone base stand is poorly designed. Coffee Bear appears to be a copy of the better-value product, Coffee Gator.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UsePrimula Burke DeluxeCoffee Bear7.76.68.19.28.07.28.88.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Detachable filter base
  • Protective plastic jacket
  • Lid design
  • Easy to clean
  • Thick glass
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • No measurement markings
  • A little heavy
  • Weak brew strength
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7.9 x 7.4 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
6.7 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
1.2 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.21
$25.64

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
7.2

Bouquet

6.0
7.0

Drinkability

6.0
7.0
A glass of straight coffee standing in front of a brew carafe of a cold brew coffee maker.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

9.0
8.0
A view inside the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker showing almost no remaining sediment.
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.1
8.8

In the Box

The unboxed Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left with the user guide in front.
The unboxed Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, the brewer to the right, and the user-guide in front.

Decanter

The Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal removed from its base.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
7.9
10
Base Diameter
4.7
3.9
Width
7.4" (18.8 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
19.5 oz (553 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
Material
borosilicate glass & plastic
borosilicate glass, silicone

 Stopper / Lid

10
10
The lid of a cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal for an airtight design.
The lid of a cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal for an airtight design.
A close up of the lid design of the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
4.9 in (125 mm)
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Material
plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
open/close function, silicone seal
2 white silicone gaskets

Filter

6.0
8.0
A close up angle view of the filter of the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
 6.7 in (170 mm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
Diameter
2.5 in (65 mm)
Material
polypropylene and nylon mesh
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
detachable base
Detachable base

Build Quality

9.0
8.5
The disassembled Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker showing 7 separated parts.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
8.7

Brewing

9.0
8.5
The filter of a cold brew coffee maker filled with grounds and standing on a scale showing 100g.
The filter of a cold brew coffee maker filled with grounds and standing on a scale showing 100g.
A short video showing how to brew with the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.

Decanting

9.0
9.0
A short video showing how to decant the filter after brewing with the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
The decanted filter of the Primula cold brew coffee maker standing in a steel bowl to collect coffee run-off.

Cleaning and Storage

10
8.5

Behind the Comparison

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