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I keep running across these delighted descriptions of cold drip coffee, saying it is less acidic, more delicous and in every way superior to regular coffee. If this is true, why isn't there a gigantic wellspring for this stuff in coffeshops and cafe's? From the description it seems to be easier to produce than regular drip, with a concentrated essence that can be stored for many days.

Anyone here 1) drink coffee and 2) have tried this stuff?


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Jan. 24th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I've had. Both v. good (from an aficionado in Cincinnati fandom) and mediocre (from a family in Guatemala).

Haven't made it.

Jan. 25th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Good to know. I think I'll but one of the more reasonable looking devices and try it out.
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
I read over the process briefly and for the first time last night, and I'm not at all sure what the device is for. Can't you just pour water on your coffee, let it sit, and then pour the coffee through a filter and strainer?

Jan. 24th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Haven't made it yet. The Seattle's Best Coffee shop in the Market sells the Toddy system that seems to be the most popular, and the local RiteAid has the Ronco version which is cheaper and looks like a Ronco device--it had been hinted I might get one or the other for Christmas so I didn't buy one. Don't know anyone that uses either: I know that divalea used to brew it up in a mason jar but outside of that I haven't heard that much. Have you looked over at http://www.coffeegeeks.com/ yet for more info? (By the way, there's a vacuum coffee rig reviewed there worthy of Agatha--I sent the link to Kaja some months ago, but considering how snowed under with mail she is I don't know if she saw it or not...)
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Both the Toddy and the Ronco seem very shoddily built - I looked at several systems over Christmas. But the topic came up again today when we saw a system - on sale - that looked reasonably sturdy at Tully's. Actual purchase will have to wait a bit.
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
The Toddy's been around since about 1964, which says to me that it's been around awhile for what that's worth--I've seen them in the store but never had the chance to handle one. The Ronco came out recently and I take no bets on the quality. The only other design that's been time-tested seems to be the Filtron, and the closest place that sells it is in Olympia: price is the same as mail order, at $39.99

The one that's Agatha level is called a Royal Balance Brewer, but since it's $600.00 at best I don't expect to get one anytime soon. The one at http://www.museum-replicas.com/AA_ProductDetails.asp?PID=6199&SCID=66 is almost as pretty, though, and only $225.00. Not that I'm getting paid by Museum Replicas--I hit their site by accident.
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Massive screw-up here: http://www.coffeegeek.com, not what I wrote above.
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know what's wrong with the mason jar approach, personally.

Jan. 25th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've got no problem with the mason jar: just don't want to deal with the hassle of setting up a funnel to capture the grounds since with my coordination I'm sure to knock the thing over and spill all over the kitchen, which means a mop and lots of sponges on the counter. Both the Toddy and the Ronco look less tippy.
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Jeff's family drinks nothing but, and he also claims that it's superior. However, setting up the concentrate takes time, more time than just making fresh coffee, so if you haven't planned, it's easier to just do the latter.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
The long prep time doesn't bother us. And the supposedly superior output is why I keep expecting it to show up as an option at Starbucks or similar. Well, one of these days I'll get around to making some.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think that since Starbucks bought Seattle's Best Coffee some years ago they decided to avoid product overlap between the two chains, and SBC has been carrying the Toddy for years.

Mind you, since Pete's was where a fair amount of the original Starbucks staff trained and since Starbucks bought them and then dumped them ten years or so ago they'd have no problem at all with selling something that doesn't have the Starbucks label...
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
I have a cute little wooden frame and glass thing that looks like it's out of somebody's toy lab. It's supposed to make this stuff. I don't know, maybe I'm just a heathen, but I didn't find that the end product was anything special.

It's a pretty thing, though. I plan to put daisies in it.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Look at the Royal Balance photos over at http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/~mdmint/coffee/royal4four.htm or the Museum Replicas one I had a link to above. Pretty shiny metal (gold in the case of the Royal Balance)! Glass! Valves! Tubing! Crystal! More money than I ever want to spend on a cup of coffee in my life!
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