bthylafh wrote:Cold-brew coffee, made using Cory Doctorow's method from one of the Little Brother books
I've been cold-brewing for a good while now; screw that caffeine-reduction regimen I was on! I'd just been using a plastic pitcher, a metal strainer and a 10-dollar Melitta pour-over coffeemaker (just a carafe with a plastic cone filter-holder on it). Worked out fine, but then a kindly acquaintance sent me a Takeya jobby
($25) and it's now all I use for cold-brewing. I haven't done the nut bag (heh) routine Doctorow recommends but I figure the Takeya is less work.
I'm using a cup of coffee per 3 or 4 cups water and then (usually) mixing the concentrate 1:1 or 1:2 for consumption. I just got a cheapo tub of Folgers to see if it's any good cold-brewed; if it is I'll get a giant vat of it and save my good beans for hot-brewing. I figure even if it's not that great Folgers will work for iced coffee (which has to be nearly half full-fat milk to be worthwhile, I find).
On a less buzzy note, I was recently introduced to Stash pinhead gunpowder green tea by my dad. Smells remarkably sweet and tastes sweet too if you don't use too much and/or brew too long. Plus it's kinda neat to watch the little rolled-up leaf-pellets unfurl. Now I have something to throw into the rotation of honeybush / rooibos / Earl Grey. Twinings
Earl Grey, of course.