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Topic: Coffee concentrate - making coffee FAST (16 msgs / 331 lines)
1) From: Andey Amata-Kynvi
Problem, combination of:1. Rapidly decreasing tolerance for coffee
previously considered good or tolerable.
2. Job requiring me to randomly wake up in the middle of the night, pull on
my clothes and grab my things in 5 minutes, and drive. (Night triage nurse
for a hospice, sometimes I sleep all night, sometimes I'm out all night,
usually it's something in between.)
Previous solutions:
1. Make a pot of coffee before I start my shift, keep it in a thermos,
microwave a cup before I leave home (thermos is cheap, coffee gets lukewarm
overnight). If I sleep all night, microwave and drink the same coffee in the
AM because I can't deal with wasting it.
2. Fix the morning's coffee in the coffeemaker (carafe brewer, can't
remember brand but we got it based on testimony that it got the water hoter
than most), hit the button as soon as I figure out I have to leave, and pour
a cup before I walk out the door.
3. Buy a coffee at a 24-hour place that's on the way, either a 7-11 or a
service plaza on the turnpike.
4. Microwave milk (3/4) and pour in coffee concentrate (1/4). (Coffee
concentrate made with standard instructions found elsewhere online.) This
used to be my favorite, and the default if I had any concentrate made.
I can't try previous solution #2 any more because I lost the coffeemaker in
the recent divorce. Under normal conditions I'm now making coffee 1 cup at a
time pour-over, which is in general an improvement, but I don't have time to
do it if I'm trying to run out the door in the middle of the night, I really
shouldn't devote more than about 2 minutes to the process then. Previous
solutions #1,3, and 4 now taste BAD to me. I used to make concentrate out of
Choc Full O'Nuts, sorry to mention that. Last week I made a batch with some
home roast that wasn't my favorite, and I really think the coffee
concentrate, even in the cafe au lait formulation that I used to like, was
worse than the fresh coffee I had made with it. (Sorry I don't remember what
it was or how I'd roasted it, I think it was a central american.)
There's also a related problem of sometimes needing some caffeine during the
day when I'm not at home and only having access to (in order of rapidly
decreasing tolerability) *$, Dunkin Donuts, or office coffee. This must be a
more common problem. In the middle of the night none of those places are
open, there's a Turnpike service plaza that is often on my way ... sigh.
I suppose drugstore caffeine pills are a solution I haven't tried. I don't
like soda.
Next week when I have a better supply of SM's coffee I'll try making a
smaller batch of concentrate with some beans I really like and see if that
helps. It may be a terrible thing to do to good beans, but maybe it will
help.
Anybody have any other good ideas for a really FAST cup of high-quality
coffee? (No equipment over $100 please, if I'm going to do it this year.)
Andey, in great appreciation in advance :-)

2) From: Gary Townsend
On Jan 4, 2008 3:12 AM, Andey Amata-Kynvi  wrote:
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tolerable.
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on my clothes and grab my things in 5 minutes, and drive. (Night triage
nurse for a hospice, sometimes I sleep all night, sometimes I'm out all
night, usually it's something in between.)
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microwave a cup before I leave home (thermos is cheap, coffee gets lukewarm
overnight). If I sleep all night, microwave and drink the same coffee in the
AM because I can't deal with wasting it.
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remember brand but we got it based on testimony that it got the water hoter
than most), hit the button as soon as I figure out I have to leave, and pour
a cup before I walk out the door.
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service plaza on the turnpike.
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concentrate made with standard instructions found elsewhere online.) This
used to be my favorite, and the default if I had any concentrate made.
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in the recent divorce. Under normal conditions I'm now making coffee 1 cup
at a time pour-over, which is in general an improvement, but I don't have
time to do it if I'm trying to run out the door in the middle of the night,
I really shouldn't devote more than about 2 minutes to the process then.
Previous solutions #1,3, and 4 now taste BAD to me. I used to make
concentrate out of Choc Full O'Nuts, sorry to mention that. Last week I made
a batch with some home roast that wasn't my favorite, and I really think the
coffee concentrate, even in the cafe au lait formulation that I used to
like, was worse than the fresh coffee I had made with it. (Sorry I don't
remember what it was or how I'd roasted it, I think it was a central
american.)
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the day when I'm not at home and only having access to (in order of rapidly
decreasing tolerability) *$, Dunkin Donuts, or office coffee. This must be a
more common problem. In the middle of the night none of those places are
open, there's a Turnpike service plaza that is often on my way ... sigh.
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like soda.
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smaller batch of concentrate with some beans I really like and see if that
helps. It may be a terrible thing to do to good beans, but maybe it will
help.
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coffee? (No equipment over $100 please, if I'm going to do it this year.)
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Try this setup  Andey;
sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.
BTW, I use mine all the time, even though theres about $3K in coffee
equipment in my kitchen....
Gary
Gary

3) From: Bill Morgan
One word:  Aeropress
Takes about as long as heating the water + maybe 30 seconds.  Produces
espresso-like concentrate which I sometimes drink straight and sometimes
dilute.  Costs about $30.
Enjoy!
Bill
On Jan 4, 2008 3:12 AM, Andey Amata-Kynvi  wrote:
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4) From: Brett Mason
Get a smaller electrric kettle so you can get hot water fast $30
Get an Aeropress                                                   $50
Use your current grinder, best you can                       $0
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Make incredible mugs on the fly, in about 2 minutes  $80
Well there's a way within your budget -
Good luck,
Brett
On Jan 4, 2008 3:12 AM, Andey Amata-Kynvi  wrote:
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-- 
Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

5) From: Andey Amata-Kynvi
Excellent, I had no idea the AP was this fast. Thanks guys.
On Jan 4, 2008 8:34 AM, Brett Mason  wrote:
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6) From: Bill
Second option is to buy a really good thermos:http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtmlI have the fliptop backpack model, you can drink out of it.  Trouble is that
it keeps the coffee so dang hot!!  Takes many hours to cool to drinkable.
 Absolutely great when I'm out hunting!  Anyway, you could buy a really good
thermos (same price as the aeropress) and make your coffee before you go to
bed.  I wouldn't want to drink it in the morning compared to freshly-made,
but it would be better than anything else.
Bill
On Jan 4, 2008 6:38 AM, Andey Amata-Kynvi  wrote:
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7) From: Lynne
Another option, Andy, is to make a cold concentrate in the fridge. I forgot
how it's done, but others have written about it on this list, with some
doing this all the time.
Hopefully someone can chime in - in fact, I wanted to try it. As I remember,
they use something like a pound of coffee, then (the very strong
concentrate) is diluted when used.
Lynne

8) From: Dave Huddle
Do a seach for "Toddy Coffee system"     It makes a very mellow
tasting brew when the concentrate is mixed with hot water.    I don't
use it because it's just too mellow for my taste.
The website says "In 1964, as a chemical engineering graduate of
Cornell, Todd Simpson developed and patented a cold brew system that,
using regular coffee beans, creates a superior-tasting cup of steaming
HOT coffee. And, with 67% LESS ACID than coffee made by conventional
hot brew methods, it's easier on sensitive stomachs."
YMMV
Dave
Westerville, OH
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9) From: Lynne
Thanks, Dave - couldn't remember the name.
One of these days I will try it, just to see what it tastes like.
My inquiring mind would like to know..
Lynne
On Jan 4, 2008 9:43 AM, Dave Huddle <137trimethyl26dioxopurine>
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10) From: miKe mcKoffee
The 'ideal' method for coffee in a hurry was invented some years ago by a
Factory owner so his workers could get coffee fresh and get it fast on their
breaks. Espresso was born. Nothing can compare to fresh brewed.
Unfortunately a setup that can be left on 24/7 for a quad shot Americano any
time in a couple minutes is well out of your $100 budget.
Coffee concentrates will never be true to the bean like any fresh brewed
method. Good home made coffee concentrate can be superior to drive by quick
stop drivel purchases however!
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11) From: Angelo
There is another product called The Filtron System....  Cold brew 
takes out a lot of the acidity but seems to increase the caffeine 
"hit"... It's been years since I've had it...
A
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12) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
My wife actually prefers her concentrate (made in the Toddy) to my  
fresh brewed.
I roast her a half pound of coffee, grind it on the course side so as  
not to clog the filter, add water (~1/2 gallon?), let sit for 12-24  
hours, filter filter into a jar, and store in fridge. With this  
"first run" she probably mixes about 1 part concentrate to 4 parts  
water and heats in microwave.
After filtering the first run we actually add more water and repeat  
the above step. The "2nd run" is mixed roughly one part concentrate  
to 1 part water and heated in microwave.
dave
On Jan 4, 2008, at 6:43 AM, Dave Huddle wrote:
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13) From: an iconoclast
On Jan 4, 2008 5:25 AM, Bill Morgan  wrote:
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Hi Andey,
I agree with Bill.  All you need is hot water, grounds and an Aeropress.  I
have two Aeropresses.  I keep one of them in my drawer next to my
workstation where I work as a telephone triage nurse.  My husband I use the
other at home if just one of us wants a cup, rather than making a whole pot.
I don't have time to grind beans at work, so pre-grind them and put them in
a Vacuvin container.  I have several of those too, and two pumps, so I can
seal it at both work and home. I keep one with a few days worth of
caffeinated and one with decaf depending on my caffeine needs. I always use
a Nissan leak proof stainless steel cup and don't usually take my first
drink until I get to work.
The Aeropress is really portable.  We just took it with us on a short
vacation. I brought my manual Zass grinder and with the Aeropress we made
coffee on the fly.
Take care,
Ann
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14) From: Denis and Marjorie True
The Aeropress Comments are right on!
I Love mine!
I used it every day of a 232 day deployment with the AP all I needed 
from the ship was some hot water and I had AWESOME COFFEE EVERYDAY!!!!
trust me the AP is the way to go!
Dennis
Andey Amata-Kynvi wrote:
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15) From: stereoplegic
i haven't tried the AeroPress, but i wouldn't recommend toddy 
concentrate for a coffee connoisseur's morning cuppa. considering that 
the AP uses hot (albeit not that hot) water, i'd imagine you'd get much 
better high notes. the cold-brew (Toddy) concentrate is completely 
muted. IMHO disgusting for hot or iced coffee (makes an outstanding 
frappe though).
Dave Ehrenkranz wrote:
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16) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
I agree! But as I said my wife prefers the toddy. Her brother prefers  
folgers. Go figure.
dave
On Jan 7, 2008, at 7:50 PM, stereoplegic wrote:
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