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Filtron versus Toddy

brendastarlet Aug 11, 2008 01:42 PM

We had a discussion on Saturday about a Filtron cold coffee brewer versus a Toddy. The Toddy is cheaper and more widely available, but my friend swears by his Filtron. Any preferences out there?

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    ferret RE: brendastarlet Aug 11, 2008 02:35 PM

    There's now a debate over cold brewing? You don't even need a "cold coffee brewer" to make coffee concentrate, it's just a reservoir with a filter and a cork stopper at the bottom. I have the Toddy and it's great. Unless the Filtron goes to the store and buys the coffee, grinds it, cold brews it and then cleans itself, it's just a different version of the same device.

    1. applehome RE: brendastarlet Aug 11, 2008 02:53 PM

      I can't give you an answer as to which one is better - I doubt that many people have actually used both or seen them both work. I used the Filtron for a few years until I got thoroughly tired of cold pressed coffee, which is pretty tasteless. It is definitely less acidic, but the acid is part of the flavor of coffee, so you're significantly affecting the taste by removing it all. The Filtron is not difficult to use - you use a pound of coffee at a time to make a couple of liters of concentrate, which used to last us a couple of weeks. The thick filter pad is easy to rinse out and keep in the provided container in the fridge. We have an electric hot pot so that we always have a source of near boiling water handy, which makes making each cup a snap.

      But I now have a much better option - one that I recommend to all my friends. The Aerobie aeropress creates an esperesso or hot concentrate, which retains much greater flavor than cold-pressed. It is like combining the best of French press and drip. You control the contact time and amount of liquid - so you can make anything from an espresso with lots of crema, or an Americano concentrate to dilute into a nice cup of joe. I use the same hot water source, same coffee, and get a much more flavorful and ultimately satisfying cup than with the Filtron. Because it uses throw-away paper filters, you get none of the grounds you get in a French Press, and you don't leave the 2nd cup (or more) sitting in contact with the grounds to get darker and bitter. For $25.99, it's hard to beat.

      Here's the home page, the product is available at Amazon.com (in NYC you can get it at Zabar's):

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        ferret RE: applehome Aug 11, 2008 03:11 PM

        The Toddy makes a decent concentrate -- I don't find it flavorless. It's best used for iced coffee, where the acidity is more pronounced if you use regular brewed coffee. The Aerobie is very good, but it's a pain in the butt when you need to make a few cups. We bought a Keurig recently and it's the perfect solution for my house.

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          applehome RE: ferret Aug 11, 2008 07:09 PM

          We like our Keurig also - but we can no longer afford the k-cups. We used the pod adapter, since the pods are much cheaper. But the pod adapter caused some back-flow problems, so we now pop open the pods and fill up the my-k-cup filter cup and use that instead... and you thought the aeropress was a pain in the butt?

          BTW, if you haven't already found it, this site is great for k-cups, pods, whatever:


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            ferret RE: applehome Aug 11, 2008 07:38 PM

            I order from Amazon - $18 to $21 for 50 cups, no tax, free shipping.

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              CrazyOne RE: ferret Aug 12, 2008 07:46 AM

              Drifting off-topic here slightly, but if you want a wider variety and don't want to buy 50 or 100 of the same K-cup variant, one place to try is Big Cat Coffees. http://www.bigcatcoffees.com/ 25-pack boxes are $9.95 or $10.45 (same as recent Amazon prices, really, and same as the Coffee for Less case price), and shipping is free if you spend enough. Coffee Wiz is another place we have ordered from, but Big Cat allows you to create your own variety pack too, albeit at a price premium. Amazon only carries a small fraction of the varieties available at any given time, although if one of them is a variety you like, and you drink the same one all the time, I suppose it's plenty adequate.

              We have a Toddy as well, but it hasn't seen use in some time.

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                applehome RE: ferret Aug 14, 2008 02:44 PM

                Keurig still comes out to about 40 cents/cup. At 6 cups per day. that's $16.80/wk or over $850/yr.

                A 2 lb pack of Starbuck French Roast roasted by Meriden at Costco is $12.00. That makes 2 weeks of coffee on the Aeropress (or French Press) at 2 TBsp/cup and 6 cups per day. So that's $6.00/wk or $312/yr.

                That's over $500/yr difference to have the convenience of the Keurig. That wasn't any great shakes when I had a paycheck. But since I don't any more, it's a big enough deal to bother with the aeropress. The goal is excellent coffee - and the aeropress makes that happen - even when I'm beyond broke.

                My Keurig still sits on the counter, behind the aeropress stuff. Maybe I'll finally get a job and order up another box of those little plastic cups... which nobody recycles since dumping out the grounds is too much bother - I wonder what the carbon footprint coefficient of using the Keurig is.

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                  ferret RE: applehome Aug 14, 2008 03:58 PM

                  Can't speak to your usage, but this is primarily for my wife who would otherwise go to Dunkin Donuts for her morning cup (I drink employer-provided coffee all day at the office). She can't justify a whole pot for one cup, even a tall one. So it's 40 cents as opposed to $1.40 a day -- a veritable bargain.

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                    CrazyOne RE: applehome Aug 14, 2008 08:17 PM

                    Oh heck yeah, it's nowhere near cheap compared to other ways of brewing at home. But we're talking one or two cups brewed most days. I'm a bit annoyed at the recycling issue too. The cups are not actually even marked with the identifying number for plastic type. Keurig site says they are working on this, which suggest currently they are not the #1 or #2 that are typically recyclable. Best we've done so far is peel the foil off and reuse some of them for other uses. (Yes, somehow, uses were found, though I can't remember what they were!)

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                      bbguy RE: CrazyOne Mar 22, 2011 03:22 PM

                      @ applehome

                      I think they make recyclable K-cups these days (I know they didn't used to)...But you are right...the grounds must be dumped out first.


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            Lipstick2innd RE: brendastarlet Jul 26, 2012 06:43 AM

            I wouldn't have anything other than a filtron! The coffee it makes is in a class all it's own IMO. For the person who said its tasteless???? I don't get that at all. All it does is remove the acid so you get the true coffee flavor - cant beat that! I'm sure the Toddy is comparable - it looks like it anyway. I like my Filtron so much that I bought the commercial one so I could make a big batch! Love love love it!

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