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Primula Cold Brew Glass Carafe Brewing System

Primula Cold Brew Glass Carafe Brewing System

The Primula Cold Brewing System is a great size for at home cold press coffee that has less acidity for great tasting cold coffee.

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 5/5

primula cold brew ft
Primula Cold Brew

Cold brew or cold press coffee is all the rage with coffee shops like Starbucks and Caribou jumping on the craze by offering a variety of drinks using cold brew as its base. Cold brew or cold press coffee is simply steeping ground coffee in cold or room temperature water which has far less acidity due to the cold water brewing.

This process usually takes at least six hours but you can leave it brewing for 24 without any ill effects to your final product. The longer you steep the coffee the stronger the brew will be but strength also comes from the type of roast the beans have.

If you use a dark roast coffee you will have a richer bolder flavor while a lighter roast gives a lighter flavor to your cold press coffee. The use of flavored beans can also make your final product different just like brewing hot coffee.

Primula has entered the cold press market with the Primula Cold Brew Glass Carafe that is a 50 ounce borosilicate glass carafe with filter and mixing cores. The borosilicate carafe is a safe and sturdy glass container with a silicone base for non-slip use in the kitchen.

coffee with cream and sugar
Coffee with Cream and Sugar

The filter is a plastic core that has a stainless steel filter and flip up handle that locks into the carafe just like the mixing core does. The mixing core allows you to easily mix sugar or flavorings to your brew while both cores can be used in a variety of Primula pitchers.

I found cold brew coffee brewers a few years ago but the mess of a large system did not make for convenient at home cold brew coffee. The system I reviewed previously used a pound of coffee and did not have an easy or fast way to remove the grounds from the brew.

The Primula filter core has a screw off bottom for easy cleaning and the size just makes it more convenient to make a small batch of cold brew coffee. It’s also a very easy system to clean with the glass, silicone rubber bottom and plastic pour spout all being dishwasher safe.

To brew coffee you simply use a grind of your choosing and fill the filter basket with coffee, lock it in place in the carafe and fill with water to the top of the coffee grounds. You screw on the lid and set the carafe out of the way or in the refrigerator till your brew is finished depending on taste for 6 to 24 hours.

I like strong coffee using dark roast beans and when using the Primula Cold Brew System have no problems using a medium to fine grind which contradicts what several other reviewers like. The fine silk I get in the bottom of the carafe I leave there and wash out so I don’t have a problem with any grounds in my brew.

I have been using the Primula Cold Brew for a month now right through the hot months of summer and have enjoyed cold press coffee at work on a daily basis. I simply make the brew the night before and pour my thermos with a few cubes of ice and some sugar in the morning and enjoy cold refreshing coffee at work all day long.

using the primula cold brew to make tea
Using the Primula Cold Brew to make Tea

During the review I got a cold and had to skip a couple days of work which brings up the other use of the Primula Cold Press System as a tea brewing system. The large filter basket makes a perfect tea brewer and the hot teas you get in a few minutes are just perfect.

If you occasionally enjoy tea instead of coffee or like me found a time when tea was a part of your getting better routine for a cold the Primula cold brew worked perfectly making a pot of tea. I really enjoyed being able to brew up a pot with the same easy cleanup in the carafe for a variety to cold press coffee on some days.

I highly recommend the Primula Cold Brew Glass Carafe Brewing System for both coffee and as a tea pot to make your favorite blends. The Primula Cold Brew system costs about $30 and is available at Amazon, bed bath and beyond as well as the Primula website.

Primula Cold Brew system

Primula Cold Brew system @ Amazon

Pros
Easy system that has removable filter core
Easy Clean up
Sturdy borosilicate glass carafe
Stainless Steel Filter

Cons
None

Primula Coffee Brew Buddy & Tea Bag Buddy

Primula Coffee Brew Buddy & Tea Bag Buddy

The Primula Coffee Brew Buddy and Tea Bag Buddy are handy single serve devices to make brewing coffee and tea easy and neat with a low price tag as well.

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Recommendation: 5/5

Coffee Tea Primula Coffee Brew Buddy & Tea Bag Buddy

Primula sells coffee presses, tea sets, tea pots and a variety of flowering teas and continues to come up with new products in the tea and coffee ware area. A couple new items from Primula include the Coffee Brew Buddy and Tea Bag Buddy for a simple way to brew a single cup of coffee or tea and handle tea bags.

The Coffee Brew Buddy is a fine mesh filter with a plastic heat resistant funnel shaped rim for brewing coffee that also works for loose leaf tea. The Coffee Brew Buddy has a large plastic rim that is funnel shaped to allow easy pouring of hot liquids into any cup or mug and the fine mesh filter holds your coffee grounds and tea.

The Brew Buddy folds mostly flat and a simple plastic storage bag will hold the brew buddy conveniently in a purse, briefcase or pocket of a suitcase for convenient storage and use at work, school or home. The Coffee Brew Buddy is portable and convenient with its fold flat shape so using it at the office or on the road away from home and the convenience of a kitchen.

Primula Coffee Brew Buddy

The Brew Buddy works as a simple filter and you can use the it for both coffee and tea as the mesh bag hangs about two and a half inches from the rim into a cup or mug. The mesh filter is held securely in the rim of the Brew Buddy and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup but simply rinsing well works just as easily.

 

I have made coffee and tea with the Coffee Brew Buddy and found it handy for use as a tea brewer for loose leaf teas and especially those finer ones like real chamomile. The fine parts of chamomile buds do not go through the fine mesh bag of the Coffee Brew Buddy and this makes it great as a tea brewer.

The Coffee Brew Buddy does an excellent job as a single serve coffee brewer and would work really well outdoors or at a hotel when you want your own coffee instead of that hotel brewed stuff. A simple trick would be to grind or take along your favorite coffee in one plastic bag and the Coffee Brew Buddy in another for quick use and easy storage.

Primula Tea Bag Buddy

The Tea Bag Buddy can also be used when making tea to keep your counter or work area clean and as a cover for your cup while brewing. The Tea Bag Buddy is a silicone holder that has a finger indent for grabbing the string of tea bags and a slot for the string so that the silicone Tea Bag Buddy holds your tea bag while it sits on your cup.

 

When the tea is ready you simply pick up the Tea Bag Buddy and put the bag in the indent on the underside and set it on the counter or toss the bag in the garbage. You can handle hot tea bags without fear of scorched fingers and without the mess for quick and easy handling of tea bags.

Brewing with Tea Bag Buddy

The silicone keeps your fingers from getting scorched or burned and also makes for a clean counter when preparing your tea. You can also use the Tea Bag Buddy to hold you Coffee Brew Buddy when making coffee to keep your counter clean as the indent does have enough room for drips even from the coffee grounds used for a regular cup of coffee.

Tea Bag Buddy for Pitcher

You can also use the Tea Bag Buddy to make pitchers of tea using larger pitcher sized tea bags or numerous regular sized ones to hold the tea bags while they are steeping. I have even used the Tea Bag Buddy to grab string less tea bags that are floating in my tea after brewing as the cupped end does make it easy to grab with.

The Coffee Brew Buddy and the Tea Bag Buddy both cost about $6 and is available at Primula, Amazon and other sites as well as stores like Target in sets.

 

Coffee Brew Buddy

Tea Bag Buddy

Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System

Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System

The Primula Flavor It Pitcher is a unique 3 in 1 pitcher system that can brew hot or cold beverages as well as infuse fruit into a beverage and chill beverages using the three different parts to the system.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
Convenience/Storage 4/5
Appearance/Design 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 4/5

Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3in1 Brewing System

The Primula Flavor It Pitcher is a unique beverage system that includes three different inserts to make an all-around pitcher for making beverages whether your entertaining or simply relaxing. The Primula Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System has the pitcher with a top that includes the handle and a screw on cover along with the three inserts that each perform a different function.

The Flavor It Pitcher is 2.9 quarts so even if you take up the space of the Flavor Infuser or the Chill Core you have the standard 2 quart size pitcher for most drink mixes. The Flavor It Pitcher allows you to brew, chill and enhance your favorite drinks right in the same pitcher without the hassle of using different devices.

Three inserts include a fine mesh tea infuser, a flavor infuser basket and a freezable chill core for a good all-around assortment that works great. The Flavor It Pitcher is a dishwasher safe pitcher that has the handle as part of the screw on top of the pitcher that the cover also screws into.

Primula Pitcher Tea Infuser and Chill Core

The three inserts click into place with a quarter turn under the cover so the cover fits onto the pitcher with any of the inserts installed. The cover screws down and has a rubber seal to not allow liquid to spill out of the pitcher if you tip it without opening the cover using the indicators on the top.

The pitcher is made from BPA-free Tritan which is a tough scratch and shatter resistant polymer material that is also heat resistant. You can pour hot liquid like water almost at boiling and the pitcher will not warp, melt or disfigure due to the heat of almost boiling water.

The Flavor It Pitcher works well to make teas but coffee was not that great, I prefer to brew my coffee using a regular coffee maker. The teas I made were great using regular bags of teas in single serve and pitcher sizes and loose tea which comes in a wide variety.

The tea infuser has plastic and metal parts but the metal is all stainless steel to prevent rusting while the basket part has a plastic mesh for the water to go through to your tea leaves. The basket is a good size for larger pitcher brewing and those tea bags designed for pitcher brewing fits perfectly with room to spare.

The Primula 3-in-1 pitcher does a great job of making tea but that is not where it ends, you can quickly go from tea to table by using the frozen Chill Core. The Chill Core insert is a plastic nontoxic gel filled insert that can be frozen and used to cool down or keep your drinks cool once you have cooled it in the fridge.

The Chill Core does have two parts but you never need to take these apart unless you need to clean between them, the one piece has the parts for locking the core into the pitcher. You can take the Chill Core apart for washing but both pieces can easily go into the freezer or into hot liquid without worries and the gel is fully sealed into the core.

I had no problems dunking the Chill Core into the pitcher of hot tea and quickly cooling down the pitcher without the chill core completely thawing. The chill core when used in already cool or cold liquids will of course last much longer but it did pretty well when used in hot tea.

Primula Pitcher w Flavor Infuser

Another great way to cool down the hot tea you just made for immediate consumption is to use the Flavor Infuser insert and frozen fruit. The Flavor Infuser allows you to add fresh or frozen ingredients such as fruits, herbs and spices to your favorite drinks as long as they are not too small.

 

The Flavor Infuser is a simple plastic basket with slots all up and down the sides so that fruit and other ingredients will easily infuse your drinks. The basket makes it easy to use whole lemons, strawberries or mint leaves in your drink without getting larger pieces into your drink.

Adding frozen strawberries and cranberries to a green tea makes a great refreshing drink for parties or just relaxing after work. The infuser works great for things like spices and herbs such as fresh mint leaves or pieces of ginger but you can use dried herbs or spices as well.

The slots on the infuser are an eighth of an inch tall and an inch wide so bits of fruit or spices may get into your drink when pouring. As long as you don’t use things like mulling spices in the Flavor Infuser guests should not have a problem with chunks of fruit or pieces of inedible herbs or spices in their drinks.

A good idea that I will try this fall is mulling spices in the tea infuser until the apple cider has reached the appropriate level of spiciness and then using apples in the Flavor Infuser. The possibilities are nearly endless when you want to combine the tea basket and flavor infuser for a variety of choices from teas and fruits to herbs and spices that can add flavor and spice up your drinks.

Loading the Flavor Infuser

The Flavor Infuser is a great part of the beverage system and really adds a lot of potential to your dining or parties as well as those simple treats for you and your family. I have only begun to use the Primula Flavor It Pitcher and still have the holidays coming up this winter to look forward to with entertaining.

I have seen various pitchers like this one at Sam’s Club and Bed Bath & Beyond but the others always have just one part of the system like the Flavor Infuser. The Primula 3-in-1 System includes all three so you don’t have to buy separate pitchers or tea pots to make your beverages and add flavor like fresh fruit.

Cleanup is easy and the plastics used do not stain so coffee and tea does not discolor the pitcher or parts at all thanks to the polymer material. All the parts are dishwasher safe or you can use hot soapy water in the sink to clean off your Primula pitcher.

The Flavor It Pitcher is available on line and at many stores like Bed Bath & Beyond for about $35 which is a great price for the tough pitcher with so many features. I highly recommend the Primula Flavor It Pitcher for a great pitcher that can brew tea as well as serve and cool a wide variety of beverages.

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