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 product is well made and well intentioned but does not conform to the standard 1:8 cold brew ratio. The red mark is where the top of my coarse 100g coffee is with 800mL water sitting way below it, unable to properly extract the entire coffee grounds.
I purchased this mainly because it is the only cold brew system made with a mason jar which are known to be very reliable and sturdy. I've been using this consistently for about a month now and it has been great! it is super easy to clean you just need to probably buy a baby bottle cleaning brush so you can clean the filter with ease. It does leave some fine grain from the grounds but it does not matter to me because it is not very noticeable. One batch of coffee lasts me about 3 days with 1 cup of coffee a day (by cup I mean my venti sized tumbler from Starbucks).
My problem is that now a month into my happy relationship with this cold brew system is that there is a large hair sized crack that goes through the middle of it horizontally when I have not ONCE even dropped or bumped it into anything. I don't know if it came like that when I initially received it but didn't notice till now. But this is unacceptable for something that is known as being resilient and live long lives. I am now afraid that if I use it, it will crack or break if I continue to use it. Also note that the pictures were taken after I washed it so that the crack could be more visible. I tried to the best of my ability to capture it in the photos.
I bought one of these, arrived fine, made a jar of coffee, enjoyed it so much I bought another and some extra jars. The second one arrived with the filter ripped off the top sealing ring before I even touched it. It didn't look like it'd even been spot-welded there... Typical chinese products, you have about a 50% chance of it working fine, or showing up entirely broken/dysfunctional. Now I'm curious how long the one that arrived intact lasts, as other reviews complain these come apart too. So glad these are made not to last, what would I do if I didn't have to buy one every 3 months?
How much does one have to pay to actually get one that works, like forever? Great design, would be nice to have one made by a company that gave any care what so ever as to quality.
I think this product is great in a lot of ways (ease of use, solid design, solid parts) but it lacks in one major area for me and unfortunately that's too much to look passed when trying to brew good cold brew coffee.
What I find in every cup is a very noticeable layer of silt/sediment that's incredibly fine (imagine a wet powder) but creates a viscous coating in your mouth on every sip. I believe it's because the filter isn't fine enough to filter it out like other cold brew coffee makers. I owned a Hario cold brew maker before this and never got this due to the liner that's in their filter.
I grind to coarse (sea salt texture) with a very high quality Baratza grinder and followed all the instructions with multiple coffees from various places/brands and every one has this issue.
It really ruins the end product! Disappointing because otherwise there was potential with this simple to use cold brew maker.
Also be careful when opening the air tight lid - it gets very tight (which is great) but the bottom surface of mine was very sharp and cut me when trying to open it!
If you pack the coffee into the filter you can get a ratio (by weight) of water-to-coffee of about 12-to-1. This is very weak. Do your own internet research and you'll find most people prefer a ratio that's around 6-to-1 (some prefer as strong as 3-to-1).
It fundamentally doesn't make sense to use for coffee as there's no way to put in more coffee and less water (the coffee needs to be submerged for extraction). Maybe this could be used for tea? I don't understand the point, I bought it for making cold-brew which it's not useful for.
It's very sturdy construction, and I like that it uses a regular mason jar so that's why I gave it more than 1 star. I'm confused that this product has such great reviews.
I should note that I bought the larger 2 quart version. Perhaps the 1 quart version is somehow different?
Mason jar is fine. The lid is mostly fine pretty good quality it deals good. I found sometimes it stopped on a different spot when tightened. Never on one of the 4 corners or 4 sides. But the coffee thing in the middle is awful the beans don’t get adequately infused into the coffee and some of the grounds are still dry and crunchy after 24hrs this is with pouring all water through the strainer into the coffee. There is also sludge at the bottom depending on the grounds used have to be filtered out with normal coffee filter have tried multiple including coarse ground coffee. I’m ordering the Takeya (has center swirler lid) or the mini Toddy which is the brand I’ve seen at a few Starbucks.
May be the filter is defective because too much coffee still leaking out into the jar even when the coffee was ground with the coarsed setting. It takes too much work to filter the cold brew again before I can actually drink the coffee.
Unless you wanna wait 24-48 hours to drink your "cold brew" on the daily, just make your own coffee and let it cool down and just add ice. I drink coffee usually just once in the morning and prefer iced over hot, and wanted a more convenient way to prepare it. This isnt what i had thought would be the way to do so. Just get a coffee maker, brew it yourself and stick it in the fridge. Cheapest and easiest way ! The coffee also came out kind of thick and sludgy and didnt really give me the boost i needed in the morning either. I would pass on this, as far as cold coffee drinking goes.
Cold brew is supposed to be strong, much stronger than average coffee. Most websites recommend around 45g coffee grounds per 500ml water which is a lot. I measure my grounds with a food scale to make sure I'm using the proper amount. Let's just get down to it.
PROS -well made -relatively easy to clean -seems durable
CONS -you can't get the coffee strong enough with the amount of room for correct (IMHO) coffee to water ratio
Basically if you put enough coffee grounds in (which I've found has to be COARSE to avoid the gritty dregs) there is not enough room to add enough water to cover the grounds unless you're only making less than 500ml of coffee at a time, in which case, what's the point of having a 2L container? I have resorted to pouring the grounds in the jar itself WITHOUT the filter, letting sit for a day, using filter to strain coffee into a pitcher, cleaning everything (think coffee grounds everywhere) and then pouring coffee back into clean jar with lid to use later. This works BUT its a mess and time consuming. It would be great if it just worked as it's supposed to but unfortunately it doesn't, again because there simply is not enough room for the water to cover the correct amount of grounds. This jar is a great idea and very well constructed but unless you don't mind weak coffee, keep shopping.
At first we were very happy with this purchase. We make a new batch of cold brew every few days. The taste is great, definitely on the stronger side which my husband really enjoys. Our main complaint is that the filter is already getting grounds (a considerable amount) into the coffee. We are having to filter the coffee a second time to fix the problem which really is a HUGE pain!
Overall the design is great and we like the mason jar and the pouring lid as well but the ground issue is a major problem.