Never thrilled with electric drip pots although some friends have old Braun at their vacation house here in ozarks that is ok. I bought an old fashion manual dripolator off ebay when my electric drip went to appliance heaven. Well 2 actually. A small cheap aluminum one and when I found one at good price, a larger stainless steel Revereware one. I still tend to use the aluminum one cause it makes 3 cups and thats all I want at a time. Have little $4 stainless pint thermos that I use to keep the spare two cups warm.(my bigger expensive thermos doesnt do well to keep only two cups warm..) Cooked coffee either left on stove in dripolator/percolator or on burner of one of those electrics gets pretty nasty tasting.Beeman said:What brand of coffee maker do you use. We give ours a work out and our Bunn just quit. I am going to try and fix it but I've never been thrilled with it. I don't like leaving it on all the time so it can keep hot water.
You really dont need the gadgets for cold brew. Use quality coffee, put in jar, add cold water, shake, let sit in fridge overnight. Carefully pour off liquid leaving settled sludge at bottom of jar. Use this liquid as a concentrate, make cup at time adding water to taste. Drink cold (its actually pretty good that way, has a chocolatey taste) or nuke your cup for 40 seconds or so for hot coffee. Surprisingly nuking doesnt seem to harm flavor of this coffee. Its nothing like reheating cold stale hot brewed coffee. Only thing, this method is not as economical as hot brew methods. You get less coffee from given quantity of grounds. It is the highest quality of coffee you can experience though. You do rEally want to use quality coffee grounds. This will not make crappy coffee grounds into a good tasting cup of coffee. I swear some cheap coffee from grocery store smells like used coffee grounds that have been dried and repackaged....yuck.RAC said:I like this:
but DH doesn't. It is definitely homestead friendly--uses no electric. The coffee tastes very mellow. I don't mind drinking cold or room-temp coffee.
Otherwise, we use a Mr. Coffee. The new ones have better-pouring spouts on their carafes--the old ones were awful.
I have one of those permenant stainless mesh filters from back when I used electric drip. Think Walmart sold them at the time. Never even thought about using it for this cold brew method, if you are ever so careful not to disturb the sediment, you really dont need to filter. Courser grinds of coffee dont make as firm of a sediment so probably need to filter them. Or just drink your coffee through a clean hankerchief......RAC said:That is true, HermitJohn, you could easily do it yourself--maybe pouring the concentrate through one of those gold cone filters or the plastic mesh basket filters (ours has lasted through at least 2 Mr. Coffees now)