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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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.
Update 5/3/2019: Almost a year in and this thing is still going strong. No quality issues thus far and I use it about twice a week. After every use, I toss it in the dishwasher so it’s probably been washed 100 times. Still works great and I’m beyond happy with my purchase. Pick up one of those fine mesh filters to solve the coffee grind sludge problem.
Original review: This thing is a game changer for those of us that are used to paying 5-7 dollars for pre-made iced coffee in the grocery store.
The downside: it does leave a “sludge” in the bottom of the container. I use coarsely ground coffee beans, but the filter just isn’t enough to keep out the sludge.
All in all, it’s not that big of a deal. The stuff that gets through isn’t anything you’ll feel in your mouth as you drink it, but it’s definitely noticable in the bottom of a glass (see pic).
Don’t let that very small detail deter you from purchasing though. I’m very glad I bought this. It holds up well in the dish washer too (I’ve ran it through the wash cycle about 5 times so far).
I’ll update this review if anything changes or if the product fails in any way.
Rather than brewing with heat and then chilling or icing the coffee, the cold brew method leads to a smooth and less biting or acidic brew that I find I can enjoy without any sweeteners or additives to cover up the great coffee taste. Not to say you should not doctor your coffee as desired, just saying I no longer need to. This brewer works very simply and conveniently. I don’t use the coffee in the filter method. I use the coffee in the jar method and leave the filter in place until I use it all up and want to make the next batch. It is easy to clean. I got the 2 quart size. It is tall but fits on the same refrigerator shelf as the half gallon milk cartons. The jar seals work well and still leaves the jar easy to open. The pour spout works as advertised, snapping securely shut and holding itself away from the spout opening when open to pour so no splashes from the lid falling into the stream. The filter is very strong and fine meshed. My first batch, I used up the last of my fine ground coffee. It tasted good but a small amount of sediment made it thru the screen. A final filtering with a fine mesh filter from the hot coffee maker removed the rest. For subsequent batches I used a course ground coffee and the jar’s filter removed all sediment. I would definitely recommend using the course grind. For the two quart jar, I have used one or two cups of ground coffee per batch. With two cups, the coffee was very strong. Some would like it that way and some may want to dilute it. For me, using one cup per batch made a perfect brew that needed no dilution. The excellent taste and ease of method leads me to highly recommend this brewer. I am very happy with it.
>>> 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.
Works great, and the filter is easy to rinse out and clean. I can buy a 7-dollar jug of Starbucks or I can buy a 7-dollar monster can of Yuban and use the Cold Brewer and have coffee for a long time fir a lot less fuss. Also, no electricity needed - fill it up and give it some time, done!
Overall great product. For the submersive filter cold Brewers this is probably the best option besides the $100 kitchen aid for 1/4 the price. Filter is easy to fill, pouring coffee through grounds is easy and after 24 hours you just remove the filter and pour from the jug.
Only thing I noticed was brew strength. The kitchen aid has a larger grounds to water ratio so it makes more of a concentrate. I wouldn't call this a "concentrate" just strong cold brew; I don't drink it watered down it tastes great with a splash of cream. One brew lasts a few mornings so I can't complain. Maybe if they made the filter a little larger and could fit more grounds it would take a true concentrate (which is ideal for making a batch of cold brew last longer).
After a lot of research and use I still think this is the best of this style brewer or the price. The kitchen. Aid is much nicer, but not 75$ nicer; this could be great with a larger basket.
My wife made the switch to cold brew and I got her this Country Line Kitchen product. We have had none of the issues other reviewers have reported about the metal mesh separating at the top. I hope it stays this way. I know it took her a couple tries to get the amount of coffee she wanted for a cold brew. I will admit it feels all wrong to be using so much at one time, but then I had to realize its making several days worth of coffee cold brew concoction at one time. When complete, she lifts out the metal mesh in the sink and rests it there. She lets it sit long enough to allow the grounds to partially dry and she takes it to the trash. Flipping it over, a couple small thumps and all the grounds fall out. She then uses a bottle brush in the hand-wash sink and it cleans really that simply. The flip cap lid is the perfect Mason Jar attachment for this kit. She serves and places the jar back in the fridge.
Edit: I was watching wife making her cold brew yesterday and wanted to update the review. We are now fast approaching nearly one year of usage and still today she uses this same cold brew maker, once every four days or so. We have no issues with the fine mesh strainer, the cap, or the Mason jar itself. Everything works just like it did when we first unpackaged it.
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 product less than one year ago. The plastic lid cracked spontaneously without any specific inciting trauma. I contacted this company about this manufacturing defect and they informed me to "buy another lid"--terrible support on this overpriced $27 mason jar. Most companies will just send a replacement lid no questions asked. Buyer beware--better to spend your money elsewhere...