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The liquid coffee concentrate we are discussing in this post is not home cold brewed coffee you have made for yourself. People use this as a ‘base’ for making coffee with low acidity or iced coffee as a concentrate for hot coffee or iced coffee.
What we will be discussing is highly liquid coffee concentrate that is reconstituted to proper strength of a cup of coffee by adding hot water at ratios between 32:1 and 70:1.
This topic might be a far cry from the hobby or application of roasting your own coffee beans at home and making a superior cup of coffee. The fact of the matter is I was searching through some coffee forums, and a number of people in different forums were commenting on how good the coffee that comes from iquid coffee concentrate actually produces is.
Frankly, I was a bit puzzled by it. But, being blessed (or cursed), but insatiable curiosity decided to look into the matter and do a bit of research on it.
We hope this post will answer some of your questions and satisfy your curiosity also.
What Is Liquid Coffee Concentrate?
Liquid coffee concentrate is an intensely concentrated form of coffee that comes in liquid form. You add a small amount of carefully measured concentrate to a predetermined amount of hot water to produce a hot cup of coffee.
What we will be discussing here practicality of using a product that is generally used in commercial applications or in coffee machines in restaurants. But can it be used in homes? The answer, as we shall see, is yes it can.
I did not know it at the time, but when I was in graduate school I was drinking several cups of coffee liquid concentrate per day. I remember thinking at the time that this was really good coffee. That this was a really good coffee. Pleasure button, and bingo less than a minute later I had a cup of coffee.
I remember very clearly the name on the coffee machine that was producing it because it was so unusual. It was a Douwe Egberts’ machine. We will mention Douwe Egberts a bit later.
Normally, it is used in machines in very high-volume areas such as sports arenas, conference and convention centers (or grad schools). It is a solution prefer producing a whole lot of coffee in a short period of time, with dead simple preparation.
Machines that produce coffee in smaller volumes are occasionally placed in gas stations, and restaurants or small businesses.
Many businesses have discarded their K cup machines and installed a liquid coffee concentrate system. It is far more economical to use.
Can You Use Liquid Coffee Concentrate At Home?
You can use the liquid coffee concentrate at home and mix it yourself, no problem. Simply measure out the correct amount of concentrate and add to hot water.
The downfall of using coffee concentrate is using too much of it. In order to make a couple good coffee consistently, you need to have a system for measuring about a tablespoon accurately every time.
One manufacturer recommends pouring the liquid, coffee concentrate into a cheap squeeze bottle. I picked up mine at a dollar store. I made sure that the squeeze opening was the narrow -tipped type as shown above. This makes it easier to control the amount of concentrate (or any other kind of product) dispensed.
Transferring the coffee concentrate into a plastic squeeze bottle also makes it extremely portable. You can take it pretty much anywhere with you. You could also purchase a bottle with a pump top to make it even more convenient.
We will work with Douwe Egberts liquid coffee concentrate as an example. To see how highly concentrated the liquid coffee concentrate is let’s take a look at their projected yield.
1.25 L Box (the smallest box ) = 42 oz. of liquid concentrate. At a 32/1 ratio, the box will yield a total of 1,344-finished oz of coffee.
The ratio of water to concentrate that is recommended by the manufacturer is 32 to 1. So, for every quart of water you would add 1 ounce of concentrate.
If we figure that you are using 6 ounces of coffee per cup of coffee. That 1.25 liter makes 1344/6 = 224 6 oz cups of coffee.
Using the same ratios the 2 liter box will yield 357 6 oz cups of coffee.
I don’t believe it would be practical for most people to invest in the machine that does this automatically. They are really expensive ($1,600 – $4000 ) to install one of these machines in a household would require a plumbing connection and possibly 220 V circuit)and more designed for commercial applications.
Where Can I Get Liquid Coffee Concentrate?
There is a surprising number of liquid coffee concentrates available. I scanned through Amazon and selected the products listed below.
The basis for my selections were not necessarily a review of the best products, but simply to give you an idea of the price range and type of liquid coffee concentrates that are available.
I especially like the first one listed as it includes its own pump. It is a 15.2 ounce pump bottle yet it makes 100 cups of coffee.
I really enjoyed putting this post together it brought back some memories of when I was under the influence of liquid coffee concentrate daily in grad school.
I also learned something about a fairly unknown (to the consumer) way of making and delivering coffee.
I can definitely imagine some circumstances and problems to which liquid coffee concentrate would be a viable solution. It’s long self life might lend itself well to being kept in remote camps ro taken on trips where coffee might not be available. It certainly tastes better than instant coffee? Is it going to be a staple in my coffee experiences? No/ But, it was at one time.
Please experiment, make your own conclusions.
Wishing you the best in your coffee endeavors.