Can you speak to the efficacy of the filter? I have a different one i got from Amazon and at the bottom there’s always sludge and/particulate. I’ve gotten into the habit of running the finished product through my Aeropress to filter that out.
@thechilipepper0 The travel one seems better for keeping the sludge out (maybe because it doesn’t brew as long), but yes, you will still find some sludge in the bottom of the big one. I doubt it helps, but I swirl the carafe around every time I pour some coffee.
The last cup is definitely stronger, but if you pour slow enough, you can master keeping the sludge in the carafe without additional filtering.
@thechilipepper0 I use the big brewer- yes, the last cup does have some grounds in it. I heat it in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave and am able to decant the good stuff off and leave the solid stuff.
I only use the carafe. I refill the water TWICE as I use it. Maybe because after I refill I also stir the grounds (within the filter tube), trying to move the grounds at the bottom towards the top, then replace the lid and shake it (with my thumb over the spout) the intensity of the coffee changes very little.
You will probably/certainly have to experiment to suit your taste.
Although I have never attempted to calculate, I believe it makes MORE coffee per oz if grounds than my Breville YouBrew (also ground coffee) or my Breville Barista Espress (whole beans).
Bought this last year July 20th the deal was 1 glass bottle with the coffee brewer for 20 bucks ,to be honest its 2 beautiful items don’t know if the glass bottles are worth 10 bucks but the retail box says $19,99, just for the flask, i kept the brewer and gave a female friend the flask she enjoys it, Really lovely present to give someone . hope this helped.
@hchavers spoiled anything is usually terrible, no? At least cold brew seems to be less acidic (to me, anyway,) plus you don’t end up with overheated or burned coffee in the process. Full disclosure, I did “cold brew” decades ago, back when I learned about “Sun Tea.”
Both styles of this are really good, but IMO the travel brewer does the better job of making coffee, since the grounds are always submersed during the cold brew process. I’d buy these in a heartbeat, if I didn’t already have a bunch of them! I give this deal ‘3-stars,’ or three ‘negative-mehs.’
@cbl_wv I agree. I have used both consistently since we bought them last year. I’m not sure I can tell the difference in the flavor between the pitcher and the travel brewer (I’m new to coffee nerdness). My mom uses the travel brewer for her Friday mahjong games–just the right size for 2 hours of tile tossing.
What is the point of a travel cold brewer? For starters it won’t stay cold, leading to a more acidic and bitter coffee. Additionally, you need to steep cold brew for days sometimes. Am I meant to haul this around for a day and a half while pretending it’s more convenient than leaving a mason jar of coffee brewing in the fridge?
Wow, there are a scary high number of complaints about these things breaking suddenly in the reviews on Amazon. At first I thought it was just the pitcher, but the travel models have a MUCH higher 1-star propensity and many of those were about them breaking or leaking really badly. The pitcher’s 1-star reviews were riddled with it breaking without any real reason.
Don’t think this will be my foray into the world of cold brew.
I bought a set of these way back- I’m a one cup a day coffee drinker and cold brew is drinkable for a week so the pitcher is perfect. I bought a second one on Morningsave so I don’t have to throw out partial cups to make a new batch. I usually microwave it.
I haven’t used the small one- don’t really understand its usefulness.
Nah, I love my aeropress and hot espresso with milk, I use metal filter because the paper filter removed the oils, so I like strong coffee - but cold brew is the strongest, smoothest coffee ever. I have been brewing some weekly and it was disappearing, I asked around and my 12 year old says she’s been drinking it, black, from the pitcher. Her comment was “yeah it tastes really good by itself”.
It’s not weak or like decaf, it’s very coffee very strong, and extremely caffienated, just less bitter.
If yours was too wimpy, perhaps it needed more time to brew. It does take a long time. But no effort.
I would be tempted to get these deal as I’ve been needing a cold brew maker for a long time now. But yesterday, yes, literally, actually yesterday I bought this carafe as it was on a 1-day sale at Fry’s for under $7!
Sorry to be off topic but I saw mention of a $10 coupon in yesterday’s forum. Assuming it’s a Meh coup. Anybody know how you earn one? I’ve been a VMP member for a couple of years and check out the site regularly but never click the “meh” button - is that where I’ve failed miserably?
The travel mug is good, but the brew pitcher isn’t great, the center filter is too narrow and too short to accommodate anything less than 4 cups of water for 1 cup of grounds. If you’re looking to make less than that, the water line doesn’t come up high enough to fully submerge the required amount of grounds.
@sammydog01 True, but even then, I feel like it just comes out better if I make it in a french press where the grounds are free to move around freely. I do stir my grounds when I get them in water, then again when I get home, and one last time before bed.
Stirring does seem to make a slight difference, but more than that I think the mess just keeps things too tight. My cold brew simply tastes better without this pitcher. Although I did once for-go the center strainer and instead used it to filter the cold brew as I poured it into a jar, and that came out great, but defeats the need for the pitcher in the first place.
@sammydog01 Yup, I unscrew the mesh filter and the discs that hold it together when I wash the whole thing anyways, so I leave the mesh filter off, and put the lid back on without the disc and mesh filter that don’t actually screw in. I only put in the 1 disc that actually screws in to the plunger rod. While it sits in the fridge throughout the day/night I will stir it by lifting and lowering the plunger.
When I’m ready to pour it in the morning, I lift the plunger, put on the mesh filter and the coiled structure disc, and then plunge it one last time to get the filtered cold brew concentrate.
This is really a meh deal…it is really overpriced for what you get…cold brew at home isn’t complicated - just a glass jar filled 1/4-1/3 grounds, add water, put on jar lid, shake, wait 12-48 hours then pour the coldbrew goodness through a cheese cloth (to filter out the grinds) into a bottle. Done.
I have an old 2-liter Gatorade bottle that I dump water and grounds for a “typical pot” of coffee into and let sit overnight, giving it a shake every time I happen to walk by in the kitchen. I then literally pour it through the filter and pot system on my “standard” coffee maker.
All this fancy nonsense to make minuscule portions of coffee escapes me. I don’t see the point - how are you not constantly chasing “not enough coffee”??
Even for travel this seems a bit of a PITA. But I guess it’s nice to have the option for those that want to bother…