Coldwave Beverage Chiller

Cold brew and iced coffee makers have been around for quite a while now, but how many of these coffee makers can actually make you a cup of cold, un-diluted coffee in less than 5 minutes?

That's right – not many.

Enter the ColdWave, a beverage chiller designed to instantly cool just about any hot, warm, or room temperature drink in just a few short minutes.

When the folks from ColdWave reached out to me asking if I wanted to review their beverage-chilling product, I was honestly a little skeptical at first.

But as I continued to read the email, they mentioned the ColdWave had received praise from both Matt Perger and George Howell.  Suffice to say, I was excited to try it out.

Video Review

What is ColdWave?

So what is the ColdWave?

The ColdWave is a basically a plastic pitcher, with an oddly-shaped insert that contains sealed tubes of purified water that are frozen in order to quickly chill a hot (or room temperature) beverage without diluting it.

Pretty hard to describe without images...so voila!

What kind of beverages can you chill (aside from coffee)?

According to ColdWave, pretty much any beverage can be chilled in as little as 2 minutes.

So if you were looking to chill tea, wine, water, or coconut water, you could definitely benefit from the ColdWave without having to worry about adding ice and thus, diluting your beverage.

This list of beverages also includes carbonated drinks like soda and beer, though, when I tried to use it with a beer it just ended up making a big mess.

ColdWave with Beer

That's a lot of head!

How long does it take to chill a hot beverage?

Nobody likes to wait, even when dilution is at stake. So how long does it take to chill a piping hot cup of hot coffee?

Well, that depends on how cold you actually want your beverage to be.

If you're fine with a room temperature coffee, then 2 minutes should do the trick. If however, you're looking for something that's more like an iced coffee, you'll have to wait about 5 minutes. 

How does the chilling insert work?

The ColdWave consists of two parts: the pitcher and the chilling insert block (that's what I'm gonna call it).

The chilling insert itself is a cube-like device that consists of a bunch of rectangular tubes filled with purified water. All of the tubes are completely sealed and BPA-free.

Each of the tubes is equally spaced apart so that your beverage can find space in between them to be quickly chilled.

With the liquid evenly distributed throughout the pitcher and the insert, the beverage is chilled much more quickly.

And the noise the insert makes when it makes contact with the hot coffee: priceless. Take a listen for yourself...

How does the coffee compare to cold brew
or traditional iced coffee?


Most of us probably wouldn't be able to tell much of a difference between cold coffee brew methods, and the same rings true with the ColdWave.

But your drink's taste is a variable that is pretty much completely out of the ColdWave's control. ColdWave is merely a convenient beverage chilling system, and as such, it does not affect the way your beverage tastes.

But feel free to experiment and see if the quick chilling effect preserves flavors cold brewed coffee couldn't. After all, this is basically Flash Brewed iced coffee, which is said to be a more effective way at preserving hot brewed coffee's flavors.

Ratings

Price

The ColdWave is priced at just about what I would expect. If anything, I'm surprised it doesn't cost more given the fact that it's manufactured here in the U.S.

Coffee Concierge Score: 9/10

Coffee Quality

Considering there is no dilution, your coffee is going to taste just as good as it would have if you let it cool down naturally.

No irregular flavors are imparted into the beverage itself. If this were the case, then it's very unlikely I'd ever recommend the ColdWave to begin with.

Fortunately, your coffee's quality remains intact through the chilling process.

Coffee Maker Quality

Coffee Concierge Score: 10/10

Food safe, BPA free plastics are what go into the construction of the ColdWave. Despite the fact that it uses high-quality plastics, the combination of hot liquid and plastic is likely to give a lot of people pause.

To me, this is the only thing detracting from a perfect score in this category.

Coffee Concierge Score: 8/10

Ease of Use

You couldn't ask for an easier way to make iced coffee than the ColdWave.

Simply pour your hot beverage into the pitcher, add the block insert, wait a few minutes, and pour a nice, non-diluted cold beverage into your glass or mug.

It really couldn't get any easier.

Coffee Concierge Score: 10/10

Cleaning Ease

Dishwasher safe (top rack) with only two parts to worry about make cleaning the ColdWave a breeze.

My only issue is that cleaning in between each of the tubes, especially those in the middle of the block insert, could prove to be difficult.

Coffee Concierge Score: 9/10

Durability

I expect my ColdWave to last a long time, but only time will tell.

For now, it gets a perfect score.

Coffee Concierge Rating: 10/10

Brew Speed

From piping hot beverage to cold beverage, it's gonna take about 5 minutes.

As far as I know, there is still not a faster way to convert a hot beverage into a cold one, so the ColdWave's delivery is as good as it gets right now.

Coffee Concierge Score 10/10

Appearance

Although it's mostly made of plastic, I think the ColdWave looks pretty good with it's simple white and light blue color scheme. 

The transparent pitcher is great for seeing exactly how much beverage is left in the pitcher.

Coffee Concierge Score: 8/10

Versatility

ColdWave can allegedly chill any hot beverage you put in it. My experience however, was that it didn't handle beer too well.

I also wish it could hold a bit more liquid for larger batch coolings.

Coffee Concierge Rating: 9/10

Is the ColdWave for you?

If you're a big iced or cold brewed coffee fan and hate to wait, then the ColdWave may be one of the only tools you'll ever need to use.

It's perfect for those who may be in a time pinch and therefore do not want to have to wait for their coffee to chill in the fridge or freezer. It's also an excellent alternative to other beverage chilling products like whiskey stones, since nothing actually has to be added to your cup to chill the drink.

Some of the additional benefits of the ColdWave from a coffee perspective is that you can extract the flavors that are more prevalent in coffee that is brewed with hot water. Think of it like Japanese Style Iced Coffee without the dilution.

The ColdWave is also BPA-free and made in the USA, the latter of which is a very rare feat in coffee-making tools.

For those who are looking to make bigger batches of cold drinks, ColdWave isn't going to be a very practical option, as it only has a capacity of 32oz for whatever beverage you're trying to chill.

It also isn't a portable solution, given both its size and the fact that the inserts needs to be stored in a freezer before each use.

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Top Rated Cold Brew Coffeemakers

ColdWave Beverage Chiller

9.2

Price

9.0/10

Coffee Quality

10.0/10

Coffee Maker Quality

8.0/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Cleaning Ease

9.0/10

Durability

10.0/10

Brew Speed

10.0/10

Appearance

8.0/10

Versatility

9.0/10

Pros

  • Quickly chills almost any beverage
  • Made in USA
  • BPA Free
  • No dilution

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Mostly plastic
  • Limited to 32oz capacity