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Old 04-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #221
 
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It arrived last night as I was on my way out. Just got to look at it this morning. It looks perfect! I put the coffee and water in--and I'll know tomorrow. Doesn't look like I'll have to strain it at all. But will see. I used to double strain mine. First through a mess strainer and then through a paper filter put in a gold filter. Even if I have to do the paper filter, it's less work (and less mess.)
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kathy, I'll be interested to hear the outcome! I have it in my wishlist, still contemplating. I'm glad you mentioned the price thing because last night it was $25 which would give free shipping so I'll have to watch for that if I decide to order it.

I still haven't made it to Costco to look at the set, but I like making iced tea in the summer and I think those would be great. Right now I make it in an old fashioned glass pitcher like my grandmother used, but with no lid I worry about sloshing in the fridge and it taking on smells so having something with a lid would be great.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:18 AM   #223
 
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kathy, I'll be interested to hear the outcome! I have it in my wishlist, still contemplating. I'm glad you mentioned the price thing because last night it was $25 which would give free shipping so I'll have to watch for that if I decide to order it.

I still haven't made it to Costco to look at the set, but I like making iced tea in the summer and I think those would be great. Right now I make it in an old fashioned glass pitcher like my grandmother used, but with no lid I worry about sloshing in the fridge and it taking on smells so having something with a lid would be great.
I'm going to have to learn the right proportions, I just dumped coffee in the infuser. I use the Cafe Bustelo decaf. It's an espresso grind. It wasn't quite strong enough when I poured it out. However, when I poured it back, there were almost no visible grounds. It does what I want, so I won't have to strain it. Makes the cold brew really simple.

As far as the iced tea goes, I already have two Amazon.com: Bodum Ceylon 51-Ounce Ice Tea Maker with Filter: Kitchen & Dining I have an Insta hot and make iced tea (actually fruit tisanes) all of the time. I don't like regular iced tea once it's been in the refrigerator (and gets cloudy.) It's kind of "off" to me. My first set lasted at least 10 years. Couldn't resist the price of the ones at Costco. They should work well--have a tight seal and are leak proof.
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I'm going to have to learn the right proportions, I just dumped coffee in the infuser. I use the Cafe Bustelo decaf. It's an espresso grind. It wasn't quite strong enough when I poured it out. However, when I poured it back, there were almost no visible grounds. It does what I want, so I won't have to strain it. Makes the cold brew really simple.

As far as the iced tea goes, I already have two Amazon.com: Bodum Ceylon 51-Ounce Ice Tea Maker with Filter: Kitchen & Dining I have an Insta hot and make iced tea (actually fruit tisanes) all of the time. I don't like regular iced tea once it's been in the refrigerator (and gets cloudy.) It's kind of "off" to me. My first set lasted at least 10 years. Couldn't resist the price of the ones at Costco. They should work well--have a tight seal and are leak proof.
I think in my past attempts of cold brew the coffee/water ratio was what I couldn't get quite right. Good to know Cafe Bustelo makes a decaf, that's what I'm looking for is a good decaf to use.

Thanks for the update!
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I think in my past attempts of cold brew the coffee/water ratio was what I couldn't get quite right. Good to know Cafe Bustelo makes a decaf, that's what I'm looking for is a good decaf to use.

Thanks for the update!
That wasn't a problem before. I just filled the infuser 1/2 way up. I also didn't stir, etc., which I always did before. It's not strong enough for me.

I'm very picky about coffee. Won't order it out because it's usually not strong enough or very good. Cafe Bustelo is great. I'm not home, but you can order it from their website--it's cheaper and the shipping is free. I'm at our home in WV for a few days. If you want it, and can't find it, let me know and I'll look for it when I get home.
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I know I've bought the regular Bustelo before, but I wasn't really looking for decaf before so I'm not sure if it's around here or not. I'll have to check next time I'm out and if not I'm sure ordering online will be a good option.

It's starting to warm up here and the daily iced coffee addiction is getting stronger.
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I know I've bought the regular Bustelo before, but I wasn't really looking for decaf before so I'm not sure if it's around here or not. I'll have to check next time I'm out and if not I'm sure ordering online will be a good option.

It's starting to warm up here and the daily iced coffee addiction is getting stronger.
My issue definitely was user error. I did add a little more coffee the next time I made it--but I stirred the coffee in the infuser while I slowly added the water. BIG difference! I could tell right away the coffee was going to be much stronger. This morning, I did another batch. Went back to less coffee and I think it will be fine.

the Cafe Bustelo decaf is only available in a can. I've found it at a lot of the stores around here (Philly suburbs), so you could try it before ordering it online. I also bought it at a Walmart when I was at our house in WV, so I think it's pretty available if you know to look for the can instead of the brick.

Here's the link for the online store where I bought it. https://www.javacabana.com/index.cfm I think it's a little more expensive then it was when I bought it last year.
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Kathy, thanks for the link! I'm glad you mentioned it's in a can because I would have been looking for a brick, I'll keep an eye out when I'm out and about for it.

I bought a low acid decaf coffee to try for now so we'll see how that goes. Good to know about stirring as you add the water.
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I ordered green/avocado! Kathy, how much coffee are you putting in? I'll experiment no doubt but need somewhere to start! The carafe is much bigger than my french press.
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I ordered green/avocado! Kathy, how much coffee are you putting in? I'll experiment no doubt but need somewhere to start! The carafe is much bigger than my french press.
I filled it with coffee until that "ring" in the plastic. You'll know what I mean when you look at it. I stirred it while I slowly filled it with water--made sure all of the grounds got wet. I shook the batch yesterday, but that could let more grounds in. So, I just stirred this batch.

This was totally the right proportion. I like my coffee on the strong side. I keep it in the frig and pour it over crushed ice. Add my Splenda and float some heavy cream on top--it's perfect.
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Blue: ordered.

Woo-hoo!
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Carafe has been delivered and just cleaned. Iced coffee crack tomorrow? Wellll that depends on if it's still cold & snowing. But it will be ready for me this weekend when it's supposed to be 70+.
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Hoo boy. I'll have to buy beans and order a coarse grind. I have DD dunkin' dark ground coffee and a lot of the fine stuff went thru the filter. I'll have to pour it thru a filter to drink any.
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Hoo boy. I'll have to buy beans and order a coarse grind. I have DD dunkin' dark ground coffee and a lot of the fine stuff went thru the filter. I'll have to pour it thru a filter to drink any.
The Cafe Bustelo Decaf is an expresso grind, I think. Pretty fine. I've found that the grounds that get through pretty much sink to the bottom of the carafe. Haven't felt that I had to strain it. (I used to double/triple strain it when I just did it in a Pyrex carafe. First in a fine mesh strainer, then through a paper coffee filter that was set in a gold coffee filter.) I just dump out the bit at the bottom.
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Only have one can of Cafe Bustelo decaf left when I finish my current can, so it was time to start looking for more. Last year, java cabana (I think the manufacturer) had free shipping. This year it doesn't. I knew I had bought it somewhere locally--it was $1 more per can. Without free shipping, there's no reason for me to buy that quantity if I can buy it locally.

Started checking at the stores I go to the most and couldn't find it. I finally got it on Friday at Super Fresh (MANY years ago these stores were A & P, sell America's Choice as their store brand.) I bought a few cans of Cafe Bustelo decaf and they had Goya coffee for around the same price, so I bought a brick of that (it's very good.)

I also wanted to see if I could find Cafe Pilon. It's another "Latin" espresso made by the people who make Cafe Bustelo. I think it's supposed to be "stronger," don't know if that means darker? Somehow, I got to a site that let me search for it locally. Found it at a "discount" supermarket nearby that I had never entered--Food Basics (I think, my mind is blocking.) Went there in yesterday morning because it's near my health club. Not only did they have Cafe Pilon, but they had Cafe Bustelo and Cafe Goya! And, the store brand was America's Choice.

The Cafe Pilon was also listed at Pathmark stores nearby. A store that used to have same circular sales as Super Fresh. So, I'm thinking that you may be able to find these brands at any store in that "chain."

With all these products available locally--it's not worth it for me to order it online without free shipping.
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Any time I go in a new (to me) store I check for it and no luck so far.

I've discussed this with some friends, but so far when I make cold brew it seems I'm not happy with it because of a strong mocha or nutty background flavor, which I don't like in my coffee. My last try was with Dunkin decaf and I wasn't happy with it. I used 1 and 1/2 C coffee grounds to 2 quarts of water.

I'll keep looking for the Bustelo decaf though and maybe I'll come across some. I'm going to a Super Walmart later this week that might have it or the Pilon.
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Any time I go in a new (to me) store I check for it and no luck so far.

I've discussed this with some friends, but so far when I make cold brew it seems I'm not happy with it because of a strong mocha or nutty background flavor, which I don't like in my coffee. My last try was with Dunkin decaf and I wasn't happy with it. I used 1 and 1/2 C coffee grounds to 2 quarts of water.

I'll keep looking for the Bustelo decaf though and maybe I'll come across some. I'm going to a Super Walmart later this week that might have it or the Pilon.
What types of roasts are you using?

The longer you cold brew it, the stronger the flavor, so maybe you are brewing it longer than you should be?
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I've used a super dark roast (Sbux Verona, I think it was), a Dunkin regular roast, and some other medium roasts and all were decaf.

They all have that undertone of a mocha-ish nutty flavor that I really don't like. I've brewed anywhere from 12 hours to 24, some on the counter and some in the fridge and they all come out with that flavor.

I've pretty much decided I am iced coffee at home inept.
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Springy, I was thinking about this yesterday. Maybe you should try some that have citrusy notes? IDK if it'd make a difference or not.
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