dealsoster bvst-tm25 2.5 quart iced tea maker & iced…

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Check out the reviews on Amazon. Definitely steered me away.

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@finzup: I used to make iced coffee with refrigerated regular coffee, but the flavor is nowhere near as good as with cold brew. Of course, I drink it black with no dairy or sweetener, so the off-notes of chilled hot brew are much more obvious.

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@sand4me: thanks , you sure learned the hard way. hopefully you made a review on amazon to help others out with this, as I can certainly see how one would try and make 2 batches back to back.

sorry for your loss

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I have this, although I am on the third one. The first two were replaced under the warranty, with no hassle. The heating element has to be completely cool between batches. If you try to make a second batch, the heating element burns out when the cool/cold tap water hits it.
The pitcher is not as frail as it looks. Don't know how many times I have knocked it against the sink and it doesn't have a crack or chip.
It does make tea rapidly, looks nice on the counter, doesn't require a bunch of cleaning, and I do like it. That is, I like it now that I know it needs at least 4-5 minutes between batches of beverage.

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@finzup: and you would think in FL people would understand anything iced

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Cold brewing aside, to make good iced coffee, just make a stronger batch of coffee from your old coffee maker. Let it cool/refrigerate.

When cold, pour over ice and add milk/cream/sugar/whatever.

It's not rocket science... we've been making and drinking iced coffee here in the northeast forever and ever... ( still remember going to florida in the early 90's and I tried to order iced coffee and they looked at me like I had 88 eyeballs and 3 heads)

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Summary of reviews:

Pros:

Attractive & sleek stainless steel design
Simple to use & dishwasher safe parts
Removable tea bag basket for easy cleaning and mold prevention
Unlike plastic glass pitcher doesn’t stain
Strainer basket eliminates the need for filters (loose tea brewing)

Cons:
Glass pitcher is thin & more fragile than plastic pitchers

Sources: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA02D0CC8681
http://www.amazon.com/Oster-Iced-Tea-Maker-BVST-TM25/product-reviews/B0049N6JZE/

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@fit410s: Cold brew concentrate is also the best way to make iced coffee, which I enjoy all summer. However, being thrifty (aka cheap) I make mine with things already in my cupboard. I start with 1/2 cup of grounds and enough cold water to fill my 3-cup french press. That gets covered and goes in the fridge overnight (or up to a few days if I get distracted). I use the press to remove most of the grounds, and then, for extra clarity, pour it into a glass carafe through a gold mesh Melitta filter (I don't like the taste imparted by paper filters). The coffee concentrate keeps well in the fridge for a week, and poured over ice makes iced coffee that really hits the spot on sweltering days. I keep thinking I should try using the concentrate to make regular hot coffee, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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^

cause if power goes out you can still make coffee :)

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not to be confused with a cold brew coffee maker.

Friends, cold-brewed coffee, when done right, tastes awesome. Strong without being bitter, rich and full and caramel-y and with no aftertaste whatsoever. It’s like what you always imagine coffee is going to taste like with none of the disappointment.

The only real con when it comes to cold-brewing is that it does have to be done in advance. The grinds have to sit for at least 12 hours before pressing (we wait a full 24 hours because that works with our schedule—we usually only have coffee at home in the mornings), so it’s not like you can whip up a pitcher of coffee on a whim. Granted, you do wind up with several days’ worth of coffee at the end of the process, but it’s something to keep in mind.

65% less acid than conventional hot brewing

zero electricity and under 10 bucks
http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-CT1000WHGEN-Brew-System-White/dp/B002A3P6DG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1351404213&sr=8-6&keywords=cold+brew+coffee