I bought this the last time, too. Big disappointment. I suppose it works more or less as advertised, but I don’t like the bland cold coffee it makes. I guess I just like a little acid in my brew.
I gave the bottle to my son - I don’t know if he still uses it or put it on the shelf once the novelty wore off. I don’t use the carafe at all because it takes a buttload of coffee grounds to make a batch.
Love my cold brew, just remember that the coffee you “brew” with this is gonna be extra strong, so I dilute it 50/50 with water. If you’re sensitive to caffeine I’d dilute it even further because this stuff is extra caffeinated.
All that being said, I use mine every day. I don’t have this exact model, I have just a purpose made pitcher that I picked up for about $15 from Amazon.
Never not going back to regular iced coffee ever again!
@Dizavid I have a similar pitcher and it makes for a much much easier cleanup and a way to dispense the coffee.
I tried making cold brew before with just tossing the grounds in a container and filtering it when I wanted to drink it and it was a pain in the behind.
What wasn’t too bad was when I bought the Dunkin donuts cold brew packs that they sell in the grocery store. That’s basically just 2 big seamless coffee filters loaded up with coffee that you toss in a normal pitcher.
Now, when I want my coffee I pour it right from the pitcher (I leave the grounds in there until it’s time to make a new pitcher) into a cup, top it off with water and I’m out the door. Makes a 5 minutes process a 5 second process.
I bought this product on July 17th,2017 for the same price as offered tonight the product is well crafted and looks great the drinking vessel alone I would pay 25 bucks for its extremely functional and i use it a lot this is truly a great deal and what i call the “DEEP DISCOUNT”,buy with confidence this is a really nice product i’m sure you will agree .
@carl669 A French press will do as good a job, and cleans up more easily than these Primula devices. (I wish I had thought of that before I purchased this item ‘the last time around’).
These Primula items are reasonably well made, but I found that cleaning the screens of all of the spent grounds from a prior batch of brew can waste time & a lot of wash water.
After a few weeks of using the Primula regularly, it dawned on me that I could ALSO use my old french press in more or less the same way, so that I could have more cold brew on hand. (The carafe didn’t make enough in each batch to meet “local consumption requirements” during & between the 18 to 24 hour ‘cold brewing’ periods!).
After a few more weeks of using both devices, I retired the Primula, and now I use just the french press.
A significant difference exists in that you can fairly easily remove the ‘basket’ of spent grounds from the top of the Primula carafe and put the lid back on and place it, with the coffee back in the fridge.
However, with the grounds being stuck under the coffee in the french press, you have to decant it from the press into a storage bottle for the fridge.
(Regardless of which device you use, you do not want to leave the coffee in with the grounds for much more than 24 hours…)
It is actually an advantage that you don’t store the batch of coffee in the french press. This lets you start another batch ‘cold-brewing’ as soon as you decant the previous one, and give the press a quick rinse & fill it with fresh grounds and water.
Same. My french press made awesome cold brew. Then I bought this last time because it seemed like a more convenient option. Its not really, for all the reasons described, and also I find that having the grounds constrained in the basket really limits the infusion compared to loose in the french press carafe. Havent uswd it again since.
@carl669@ELJAY@hachover@MrMikenIkes I mean, certainly try your french press because you already have it. But, having purchased just the pitcher from another of our sites, I will share my experience. I also own a Bodum french press, and I find that cleanup to be much harder. With the Primula, you just pull the filter basket out, screw off the bottom, and shake out what you can into the compost (or wherever) then rinse it in the sink. Since the grounds are all still wet, it rinses off very easily. That may be enough, but I also wash the filter in soapy water later.
As for water contact, I stir the grounds pretty thoroughly when I fill the pitcher and once about mid-brew.
For the ratio, I use 100g of ground coffee for one full pitcher.
All that said, I’ve never used the french press for cold brew, so I can’t comment about taste differences, I just don’t imagine cleaning the FP is different for hot vs. cold brew.
I bought this set and liked it so much I bought a backup from Morningsave. Its nice that I don’t gave to make coffee every day to drink coffee every day. I guess I could use the small one for days when I have less than a cup left but too much to throw away but I alternate the bigger ones instead.
Just drank my morning coffee out of the travel bottle I got last time this was here. Definitely recommend. Though, you could always save $20 and just pour grounds and water in a water bottle and then filter it after steeping. But that’s dumb, right?
I bought this last time around. Works very well. Only trick is remembering to get it going ahead of when you want it, then if you remove the grounds it keeps for several days. Big hit with brunch visitors especially. I don’t drink enough cold coffee to need a 2nd set in rotation but highly recommend if you’ve been thinking about trying it.
@theliman2000 leaks during brewing or after when you remove the filter and re-cap?
you definitely have to rinse/clean the bottom cover gasket when you take the filter out, as it invariably has grounds on it that will screw up the seal.
Bought this previously on meh. The pitcher has a pretty significant design flaw, the mesh area where the grounds are stored isn’t large enough or at least tall enough.
The issue being if I want to use 2-3 cups of water’s worth of cold brew concentrate, the water will not come up to the level to fully submerge the grounds.
And if I use 4-5 cups worth of water, the mesh area can’t actually hold the necessary amount of coffee grounds.
There’s a sweet spot somewhere between 3-4 cups of water to .75-1 cups of grounds that seems to work okay, but if they had just made the mesh reach down further into pitcher, and maybe increased it’s diameter a bit, there’d be no issues.
The bottle on the other hand is absolutely awesome.
@blabounty it shouldn’t be an issue with the grounds if it’s during the brew process, unless you are filling the filter basket while it’s already in the bottle. I fill my filter, then set it in the bottle and screw the lid on. My filter will sometimes go a bit sideways too but I just take the lid off and straighten it out.
So ultimately I do like the purchase, but much as has already been said about easier, more reasonable methods, I even just dumped grounds into a large Mason Jar, shook it up a couple of times a day for two days, then strained it through a fine strainer into another Mason Jar and found the outcome to be the same with significantly less “hassle.”