Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Cold Brew Coffee Maker with Flip Cap Lid by County Line Kitchen - 1 Quart - Make Amazing Cold Brew Coffee and Tea with This Durable Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Filter and Flip Cap Lid
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This makes good cold brew. However, the jar simply fell apart the third time I washed it. No dropping or bashing about... just ran hot water in it (after letting it warm to room temperature) and the bottom just fell out. Poor.
I spent the best part of a day looking at different cold brew jugs for coffee and I eventually stumbled upon this one, which is perfect! Unfortunately Amazon didn't recommend it to me (maybe because it ships from the US?) but luckily I found an article online that mentioned it.
Pretty much all of the other brewing jugs I saw were tall and narrow, meaning that you could accidentally tip it out of the fridge door if opened too quickly. Many also had glass handles and lots of the comments mentioned that the handle broke after only a few uses. The narrow shape would likely have been a pain to wash them by hand as my hands are quite big. Also none of the others seemed to have a consistent seal since the spouts were often open to the air, causing the fridge air to affect the taste.
None of the above are issues with this one though. I've been using it for the past month now (made about 4 brews so far) and it's been great! It's wide-mouthed which makes it easy to clean, the glass is thick with no thin handle to break and there's a good silicone seal in both the filter and the lid to keep it fresh (also great for transporting it in the car!). The mesh is great too, very fine holes and sturdy. My only complaint would be that it's not that large, but it makes enough for 3-4 mugs, though perhaps if it was any larger it may not fit in the fridge door, or cause it to have the aforementioned problem of falling out of the fridge door if opened sharply, so maybe it's for the best that it's the size that it is.
Highly recommend this over ALL of the other designs, especially as it costs the same as them (~£25 after postage/import taxes).
A good quality snap-on pouring top with sealed screw down lid - this is perfect for seep-brewing cold tea or coffee.
Note: this is the 1 quart (about a litre) jar, when coffee grounds are put into the stainless steel micro filter you won't get a full quart of coffee out of it. This isn't a problem with the jar itself, but just be aware that it the larger 2 quart version might be more suitable if you are a big cold brew drinker.
EDITED on 4/26/2018: In an effort of getting more consistent results, I'm now keeping track of my brews. Here are my initial notes.
Beans were grounded for drip coffee. Typical serving is 4 oz. Batch #1: 1 tbl chicory, 1.75 cups of grounded beans, add water, stir, insert filter, shake, top off with water. Steeped in fridge for 24 hours. Yielded 19 oz of final product. Very concentrated; perfect for bold drinkers without ice.
Batch #2: 1 tbl chicory, 1 cups of grounded beans (77gm/2.72oz), add water, stir, insert filter, shake, top off with water. Steeped in fridge for 32 hours. Yielded 21 oz of concentrate. Concentrated and bold without ice, but prefer even bolder for slightly more caffeine.
Batch #-infinity: I will stick with 1 tbl chicory and 1.5 cups of grounded beans from now on. This should be perfect for my daily needs.
I hope this helps. Happy cold-brewing!!
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I didn't overthink this purchase; just needed something for my upcoming 2-week road trip.
I was expecting rough edges on the filter since this is so common these days. Not at all. The seam on the filter is smooth that I could rub it all over my face.
Produces a shocking amount and simplifies production. In the past, I used several sieve-bags to ensure minimal sediment. It was so much hassle that I never made it again. I will soon purchase a 2-quart jar to use with this filter.
My method?? This 1-quart jar produced nearly 24-ounces of liquid gold. 1 - Eyeball the amount of coffee grinds and chicory directly into the jar. 2 - Fill water to 50% of jar. 3 - Insert filter, then close lid and spout. 4 - Shake vigorously to wet all coffee grounds. 5 - Open spout, then top with water. 6 - Shake again. 7 - Top with water after 1 hour. 8 - Shake every so often. --- 9 - Open spout, then drain into another jar of the same size. 10 - When little liquid-gold remains, allow jar to sit completely upside down to drain into other jar for 5-10 minutes. (allow spout to sit inside the liquid-gold for stability)
This 2-jar system will now come along on most weekend trips. Thoroughly impressed.
>>> Uncompensated Review from Actual Caffiene Fiend <<<
Always been a total coffee fiend but never liked the acidity that came with heat extracted java... no idea how i missed cold brew sorcery until now
PROS - Much lower acidity and greater flavor. - No waiting for maker to heat up / drip, etc. - CB stores well & lets you make a day or 2 supply amounts of java - simple to clean - any mason jar works - reg & decaf and.or diff flavs can be kept ready - no waste like k.cups, filters, etc. - low tech / no fire required - works great for tea (ss body doesn't hold flavor) - supports hot water pour over
CONS (mostly for cold brew) - filter gasket can be twitchy to reinstall iff yr impatient - cold brew doesn't melt some sweetners like honey, agave syrup or raw sugar, SO either make some simple syrup or melt yr sweetner of choice in some boiled h2o b4 diluting the cold brew deliciousness. - cold brewing really really lets the taste of coffee come through so cheap.er beans will taste hollow - concentrated cold brew takes some getting used to @ different process to make yr strength - 12 to 24 lead time - getting totally spoiled to cold brew
An excellent entry into cold brew coffee land - simple, durable & versatile; this complete kit only needs java + water + fridge = delicious coffee goodness.
Great portable cold brew product but the filter does a poor job of keeping the coffee grinds separated even after using an extremely course setting on the burr grinder. Slightly disappointed but maybe my expectations were too high.
Two small gripes. Description doesn’t say that it’s made for the wide mouth jars. I thought it was for the standard size. No big deal, not a deal breaker. Instructions should say to pour water over grinds, through filter. Take longer. But insured that the grounds are saturated. I did it the other way and, the grounds came out of the top spilling over. Also the middle of the grounds were still dry. Pretty sure the coffee grind was too fine. So that’s my fault. Overall, I like the product.
I bought this for my wife who has been wanting a cold brew coffee maker for a while now. She loves how simple it is to brew and how compact it is compared to others she's been interested in. One thing she especially loves is the ability to make multiple batches by just buying more mason jars. As far as flavor goes, it all depends on the beans you use and the grind size. We have our own grinder so she's been experimenting with grind size and ratios with each batch. All in all, she's thrilled to have this and is talking about getting her sister one for her upcoming birthday.
I got the 1 quart jar since I don’t drink too much coffee at one time. This is by far the easiest and most affordable way to make cold brew. I love that you are able to thoroughly clean everything and all components are dishwasher safe. Other products have negative reviews about certain nook and cranny areas developing mold since you can’t properly clean it - no problem with this product. Also the stainless steel mesh is very fine and well built. Below are some tips that I found helped me make the best cold brew. (I drink mine without adding anything to the coffee).
1. If you are going to add the course ground beans into the strainer as it is intended, then when you get to the halfway point of putting the amount of coffee grounds you want into the filter, add water halfway so that those grounds can get saturated with water, then after all the grounds are in, add remaining water. Make sure you use good water, hard water produces bitter tastes. Shake gently to get water fully in between all the grounds then set in fridge or leave it out at room temp. Fridge will require longer brewing time than room temperature to bring out the sweeter tastes of the coffee. I recommend 24 hours at the very least.
2. My preferred but unorthodox method is to actually put half of the coffee grounds from the total amount of coffee I want into the jar directly (not the filter), add water halfway to get all of them soaked, then add remaining coffee grounds along with all the remaining water. I wait for the coffee to settle to the bottom which takes a couple minutes, then put the filter in! Last step is to put the top on and set in fridge. When it’s done, I pour the coffee out into a separate cup/container, and the filter successfully stops all the grounds from coming out of the jar. Make sure you hold the filter tightly against the top of the jar to prevent coffee bean fragments going into coffee. I always accidentally get a little in mine, but I personally don’t care. I basically reverse how the filter is used. I like this method better because the coffee grounds have way more exposure to the water and as the grounds expand from soaking up water, there is plenty enough room as opposed to being inside the filter - the ground’s expansion leaves less room for the water. It’s not a huge difference, but I prefer this way to get the most out of each coffee ground since coffee can be expensive.
I use 8-12 tablespoons of coffee grounds to the full jar of water to achieve the taste I want. I put mine in the fridge for 24-30 hours. So far it has given me the best cold brew I’ve ever had. No longer is there a need to give Starbucks all my money!