Cold Brew Caffeine Fix

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Is Cold Brew the answer to the CoolToys Caffeine problem on hot summer days? As you might guess, a web series runs on a lot of caffeine. To solve the plastic water bottle problem, we started using insulated re-usable tumblers and having larger re-fillable water bottles on our shoots. We also switched to boxed and canned water for easier recycling.

The BeachStreetNews side of the office did a cold brew test so it was easy to bring it over to the production side of the office. As you might imagine getting up early for dawn patrol to test surfboard wax replacements or Jeep Headlights takes a lot of caffeine. Admittedly we were a huge consumer of Diet Coke.

A lot of plastic bottles, plastic straws and plastic lids were being wasted. After finding out about the work at 4Ocean, the entire BG family decided to reduce plastic use in all forms. That meant changing how we (ok I) drank Diet Coke.

The first step was to switch to a very large stainless steel insulated tumbler. Next was to stop driving through, and only go to McDonalds that had self serve fountain machines. With the McDonalds app, this made it easier so I am pretty sure I was actually drinking more Diet Coke.

Cold Brew Coffee.  Great for hot days, mellower than iced coffee.

One of our board members, Dr. Goldberg suggested that I switch to coffee for the health benefits. Not having ever been a coffee drinker, I laughed off the suggestion until he brought me a cold brew. Cold brew isn’t iced coffee. It is never heated up so it is less bitter and according so some websites has more anti oxidant properties.

After a week, I was nearly off of Diet Coke and now newly addicted to my Cold Brew caffeine source. The problem as the #RWTH guy is that pre made cold brew coffee came in plastic bottles.

Like a great beer, great cold brew became a home brewing problem. On the BSN side we tested several different cold brew systems and landed on one that I took home.

The only reason this kit didn’t get the CoolToys Approved© stamp is that it breaks easily. It needs a silicone base or to be made out of pyrex glass. If Pyrex makes one, we’ll buy it.

A side benefit at home is the coffee grounds can be spread around my yard and the palm trees seem to like it. The flaw of course is that the remaining acids can burn plants so start out lightly with the grounds. If you have a greenwaste program in your area, that is where the rest of the grounds need to go.

Jeep JL Door Sill Protectors By Quadratec

Don’t liked scratched doors on your JL? Get over it or protect it.

Door sill protectors are like many things when a new car comes out. They just don’t exist. The switch from the JK to the JL for Jeep was no exception. Since our JL was pretty early in the 2019 model year finding non mopar add on parts has been a bit challenging, but leave it to the Chinese to get something on the market right away.

Since we have a dog on the show that goes everywhere the CoolToys Jeep goes, we decided to put in some door sill protectors. We bought three different types from Amazon that said they were exactly the same size on the description. All of them looked very similar in the photos to the non-existent Mopar door sill protectors. When they arrived not one met the actual dimensions posted and all were way to small.

So after test fitting all three brands and deciding not one was worth the $12-$39 we spent we sent them all back. I looked closely at the dealer installed Mopar version and thought they were a little small too. Since they still weren’t available for purchase at the dealer parts counter, the decision to skip them was easy.

Then we found the Quadratec door sill protectors. At $49 plus shipping they were a bit pricey but we thought we would give them a try. After waiting nearly five weeks and forgetting we had ordered them, they arrived.

After putting in the first one on the back passenger side we noticed a small flaw in the molding. That is why there is the super sized close up. Both back door sill protectors have the same problem. I also figured out the front door sill protectors cover so much territory, that I probably needed to mark them to get them aligned perfectly.

Blue painters tape was used to install the front two protectors. I probably should have done the same on the back. I didn’t follow the instructions that came in the box to the letter. Instead I removed the protector film from the large strip and then pulled the corner on the skinny top part.

This way I could line it up and hold it against the lip and slide it into place. Then I just removed the little corner tab to remove the film from the skinny section on top and they were in.

In the back they could go another 3″ towards the back. That is where the dogs foot lands when she jumps in. I put a small piece of 3M Clear protection tape there. The stuff they make clear bras out of. Our friends at G1 Graphics hooked me up with the scraps.

The front protectors are nice and long and even cover the bolt where the body parts meet.

See you on the trek, and don’t forget the wave – Scott