5 Stars By erik on 2017-01-17
What I like about this: Then a brewing option
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality build when I opened the box.
For one. It has a glass container. That is the most important part. I don't want a plastic container as in time it will scratch and the coffee would etch into the surface. Not to mention, the container would not look so classy after being all scratched up.
The filter element is a good gauge as it seems to allow much of the flavor (oils) from the bean to seep threw without the grounds coming threw. If you wash it gently, it should last for many years of use. The filter element can be easily removed from the lid for easy cleaning. And perhaps a side benefit if it ever gets damaged, a person could just get it replaced instead of having to replace the whole unit.
Some I wishes. But not a big deal. If you are a person who likes to grind their coffee more on the fine side, then some might enter into the water. So if there were an extra screen on the lid, perhaps, that might allow us to strain that last drop of cold-coffee-goodness. :)
I've been so impressed with the results, that I've shared my brew with friends and family. And they agree it's a better coffee.
My success for a better brew is still in the works. However. If you would like to try a batch the way I've been doing it. I hope you would agree, it's tasty too. So read on if you are interested.
_1_The FINEST bean and water. If you can not grind your own, go to the store to have it done. If you use pre-ground coffee, get it fresh and try to keep the rest as fresh as possible. I find a deep/dark roast as the best coffee because you will not get any bitterness from it like you would if you were brewing it hot, but it will turn out full bodied in flavor and aroma. Use bottled water if you are trying to impress. But if you are fortunate to live in a town that provides pretty good tap water, then all you have to do is pour it into your favorite water purifier for that very refreshing taste. While bottled water is nice; the manufacturer adds minerals in the water for taste. This may change your outcome and if you are not satisfied, try different water as opposed to new coffee grounds.
_2_ Use water that is cold (45deg.) and pour half of your amount into the brew canister.
_3_ I've found that a fine ground is nice but some will get threw the screen. If you are ok with that, and later filter that out while you pour, then go to it. However, DO NOT USE a paper filter if you do this. That will filter all your hard work and tastiest oils right out. Use a stainless steel pour over filter, if you do this. Otherwise. Just use a coarser grind.
_4_ The amount and type of coffee grounds to use is, and will be, with much debate. However, this type of brewing typically uses about twice as much ground coffee than a hot brew. According to the instructions. It recommends about 75 grams to 1100ml of water. But for us American drinkers, we are a little baffled by the metric system. Now correct me if I'm wrong here. So our measured needs will vary depending on how moist and how fine the ground coffee turns out... It comes with a handy SS scoop. This is a 1/8 cup (30ml) scoop. I think this translates to about ... ~16 grams? And 1100 ml is about 4 cups.
_4.5_ I use 4 cups of water with 4 1/2 scoops of medium/coarse coffee grind.
_5_ After the canister is half full of water, I lower the lid with the filter in place, then screw down. Then dump all the coffee grounds in the filter.
_6_ Next I use the second (last) half of water. (In this case the second, 2cups of water) and SLOWLY pour it threw the coffee grounds. This will get the grounds fully moist, but not disturb them to much so that the element of time as it steeps does it's job.
_7_ I happened to discover that a small, glass seasoning jar works well to lower into and fit snugly into the filter. This way I can press the grounds just about a half inch below the water level so that ALL the grounds are submerged.
_8_ Then I place it in a cooler. Yes. A cooler. Why, you ask? Well. While a cold brew in a fridge is the conventional way, it also takes longer. I'm only so patient and I believe a little more heat can allow for quicker, but perhaps, a better brew as well... So I regulate the temp in the cooler to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit . As opposed to the 45 degrees in the fridge. A "room temp" might work well. I just haven't tried that yet. And this might all change as to what type of coffee bean you are using in the first place.
_9_ Now. The time element. Have patience. A 24hr brew is awesome!!! But if you want a quicker brew, use more grounds and a warmer temp. But that may be less like a cold brew benefit, perhaps? I let it brew from 12-24 hrs. Now after it's brewed...
_10_ Just when you are about to enjoy, make sure that it's mixed. In the middle of the brew time I will very slowly pour one cup worth out and then pour it back in to the canister. Because, even after a full steep time, the top half may be still mostly water. This way I can mix it without agitating the grounds to much and letting out some of the fine grounds into the mix. Yet it allows for a more uniform color from top to bottom.
_11_ Now. Just pull out the filter. Put the top back on and lid. Then chill in the fridge for 30-40minutes or just pour over ice and enjoy. If you do not want a watered down drink, use some of your brewed coffee to freeze into ice cubes for your next time.. ;)
_11.5_ You might be like me and want a slightly sweeter taste. I love sweet things. But as you sample your personal favorite mix, try your best to go easy on the sweetener. I found it is not needed as much as you might think. Give yourself a chance to just enjoy the coffee with less or no sugar. And you will discover and enjoy more of the pleasant, mild, but rich aroma and flavor that comes with cold brew by itself. It may be an easy flavor to like. But an acquired taste to love.
You are all welcome to comment on my post. This is just my findings. But I hope that you will enjoy as well.
By Damian Harouff
on 2017-08-31 Entire thing seemed very flimsy and slight when I pulled ...
Entire thing seemed very flimsy and slight when I pulled it out of the box. My initial assessment turned out to be true.
On the glass cylinder's second trip through the dishwasher, with no other things around it nor high-heat cycle used on the dishwasher, pulled it out to find a crack in the bottom. Upon putting it on my countertop to continue unloading the rest of the dishwasher, crack immediately propagated up the side. Ended up tossing it in recycling immediately before it became more of a problem; cylinder shattered later in the week when I dropped an empty can on top of it. Was not aware that glass for a household item could be so fragile.
The packaging included an instruction card with a cutesy statement regarding treating the filter "like a delicate flower", however, the amount of strength required to unlock the filter from the screw-on cap would likely have torn a delicate flower asunder.
Total lifetime: about a week and a half. I am now in possession of the most expensive silicone funnel and small metal scoop available.
Ended up buying Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 2 Quart - Make Amazing Cold Brew Coffee and Tea with This Durable Mason Jar with Stainless Steel Filter and Stainless Steel Lid
instead, which for exactly the same price, comes with a fully-metal filter and a vessel that is not constructed of mankind's most fragile glass.
UPDATE: Coffee Gator reached out to me and offered me a refund or a stainless steel storage container as an apology for my experience here. I thought this was a very kind gesture and I thoroughly appreciate a company that owns up to their products. While I still cannot recommend their cold brew maker, I do recommend them as a company.
5 Stars By Joshua Rubin on 2017-03-29
It's easy to use but doesn't make much so you'll be ...
It's easy to use but doesn't make much so you'll be going through the process frequently. The filter is difficult to clean and I wish there was a way to close the top of the filter to prevent spread of the coffee grounds. They send a great deal of helpful instructions and videos with the product. A bit overkill if you know what you're doing. And, it broke very quickly. Thought I had tightened the top / apparently I hadn't. Shattered the container when it had a full new batch of just-before-boiling water. All over my floor / self / walls. Company company replaced it immediately even though it was my fault.
5 Stars By Jennie Link on 2017-08-22
Become your own Cold-Brew barista in your own home within hours
Really pleased with this Coffee Gator Cold-Brew Coffee Maker Kit. I've only used it a few times since I've gotten it, but have had a lot of fun making the coffee. When I made my first brew, I only had "K-cups" at home, but discovered that if I opened 3 "K-cups" and emptied the coffee out it equaled the amount suggested with the Coffee Gator -- who knew? I was hoping to find a silk-screened/etched mark on the carafe for a "fill line" but none existed, so with a piece of tape I marked a fill line if the coffee grounds tube was inserted and another fill line when the tube hadn't been inserted yet. After the brew was made (12 hours later - like my coffee a bit stronger), got out the tall glasses with ice, poured the coffee, a squirt of dark chocolate syrup and a nice squirt of whipped cream -- it was heavenly. Just fantastic on a really hot day outside. Get creative! Have Fun and invent new flavor combinations. Put a smile on your face with this great cold-brew maker! Clean-up is a breeze too!
5 Stars By Daniel Freeman on 2017-01-25
I'm in the process of learning what ratios I like. There was a slight problem with the lid ...
This product seems top quality! I'm in the process of learning what ratios I like. There was a slight problem with the lid handle. The company was amazingly fast at responding and worked through the situation! I didn't realize that it came with a pdf of some suggestions. I have already read over it and looking forward to trying many of them!!!
5 Stars By Arthur Runyan on 2017-03-16
Great coffee maker. Reasonable price.
This is an excellent cold brew coffee maker. My only complaint is that it does not come in a larger size. I was concerned that the plastic mesh might leave a taste in the coffee (my previous one had a stainless steel mesh), but that has not been a problem. And, I get a lot less silt with the plastic mesh. I do like that the carafe is glass instead of plastic. One suggestion for future models (and I have not seen any brand of cold brew that does this yet): It would be nice if there were a way to keep the ground coffee from floating up above the mesh in the insert.
5 Stars By Eric L. on 2017-08-05
Great for making daily cold brew
So far I love making cold brew using this, been about a week only but it's been nice to have. I like that it comes with everything I need to make a good daily batch. Plus I can use it to test out different varieties until I find the one I like, before I start making large batches that I can keg.
It's a great size, fits in the fridge well.
Only complaint I have so far, could be that I was trying a blonde roast, but the 2.5 oz of coffee seemed to weak , or at least for me. I went to 4~5oz and that seems about right so far. Thinking it also might be nice to have two so I can rotate daily and have one ready to go for the next day so I can get good 12~24hr soaks.
5 Stars By Frankie on 2017-02-23
Loving this cold brew kit.
First cold brew experience, now it's the only way I want to enjoy my coffee! This kit makes it super easy to make your coffee and the price is affordable. Only need 3 scoops of your favorite coffee grounds and 37 oz of water, THATS IT! comes with the scoop and a funnel. The container itself is glass so you would never get that plastic taste in your coffee. I suggest to store your cold brews in small glass containers to afford the plastic taste. Let it sit for 12 hours for the best results!
5 Stars By FlyGuy on 2017-06-27
Performs as advertised.
Not too expensive and does what its designed to do. Yea it doesn't brew that much, just enough for about 3 tall glasses but its short enough to fit in my fridge. Yes a lot of small coffee particles get through but could be uneven grinding by my coffee grinder, the particles are small so i cant really tell they are there by taste. My only complaint is the handle sticks out quite a bit. It seems the same generic design is used by multiple manufacturers so i cant tell who actually makes it.
5 Stars By Dalesky on 2017-07-30
Impressive coffee and great product
I have a number of items from this company, and even have given some as gifts. All of their items are high quality and I think are good values.
Mzking the co.d brew coffee is explained well, and easy to do. The hard part of the process is waiting for at least 8 hours. I waited a full 24. The coffee was really smooth, tasty, and not harsh or strong. I am now making my next pot, and have most of the first one stored and staying cold.
For coffee lovers this is a wonderful way to make an iced brew. I am completely satisfied.