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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a Toddy

Learn how to make cold brew coffee in a Toddy, and get perfect cold brew concentrate to make hot, iced, or blended coffee drinks without a trip to the coffee shop. 

This post is not sponsored, though it should be- buying a Toddy saved my marriage! Okay, that’s a stretch, but some time ago, my husband and I had a sit-down about my iced coffee obsession; that conversation ended with a purchase of a Toddy, life-changing. Like me, I hope you experience the joy of a quick cold brew coffee made right in your kitchen.

WHAT IS COLD BREW?

Good things come to those who wait, and that’s certainly the case with cold brew; it steeps in room temperature or cold water for an extended period to slowly extract the flavor and aroma of the coffee bean, resulting in a smooth concentrate with less acidity and a more robust flavor.

DO I NEED TO BUY A TODDY TO MAKE COLD BREW?

No, you can make cold brew using a wide mouth, glass jar, and a large coffee filter. I prefer the convenience of the Toddy Cold Brew System since they provide all the equipment you need. It also makes enough cold brew concentrate to make 10-12 drinks.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Coarse-Ground Coffee: Coarse ground beans make for the best cold brew. Grind the beans at home using a coffee grinder or use a commercial one inside stores like Costco or Sprouts- that’s what we do most of the time.
  • Water: Use equal amounts of coffee and water. 

HOW TO MAKE COLD BREW COFFEE IN THE TODDY

PREPARE THE TODDY- Insert the rubber stopper and filter into the cold brew container.

ADD WATER– Then, add one cup of water.

ADD COFFEE – Use a food scale to measure out six ounces of coffee and add it to the container.

ADD WATER- Slowly pour six ounces of water over the coffee in a circular motion. Let it sit for five minutes.

ADD COFFEE- Then, add four ounces of coffee, followed by pouring four ounces of water in a slow circular motion over the grounds.

Press the coffee down lightly into the water using the backside of a spoon.

PRESS- Lightly press the coffee into the water if some of the grounds are uncovered.

COVER AND BREW- Cover and allow the coffee to brew for twelve hours. I make mine at night and leave it overnight.

RELEASE- Place the container on top of the decanter and remove the stopper. Once the coffee stops dripping, for about 20 minutes, toss the contents of the brewing container (or use them as compost).

WASH- Remove the filter. Wash it, and store it in a resealable bag inside the freezer.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?

Cold Brew steeps in cold or room temperature water. At a cooler temperature, the ground coffee beans maintain their integrity. Along the same line, cold-brewing coffee relies on time to extract the coffee’s oils. The extended brewing time results in a smooth, tasty coffee with lower acidity.

Iced coffee relies on a quick burst of hot water to dissolve the beans and brew the coffee. The hot mixture is then poured over ice.


Can I make warm drinks with cold brew concentrate?

You sure can. In fact, that’s the only way my husband will drink it. On occasion, I will too. Though, I generally prefer iced coffee. If you decide to go this route, I suggest filling your mug 1/3 of the way with cold brew and then top it with boiled water leaving room for cream and sweetener of your choice. Sip, and enjoy!


What is the best coffee for cold brew?

First off, you want to be sure you’re purchasing whole beans and grinding them on a coarse-ground setting. My all-time favorite coffee for cold brew at home is New Mexico Piñon Coffee.


Is cold brew coffee better for you?

If you’re like me and regular coffee tends to be hard on your stomach, cold brew might be just be better for you! And there is a reason for that! Brewing coffee with hot water dissolves the beans and pulls much of the acidity along with it. The long-brewing process for cold brew leaves much of that acidity behind. 

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Cold brew concentrate in a toddy next to a cold brew drink.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Tressa Jamil
Learn how to make cold brew coffee in a Toddy, and get perfect cold brew concentrate to make hot, iced, or blended coffee drinks without a trip to the coffee shop. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Brewing Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 10 mins
Course Drinks, Preparations
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces coffee beans, coarsely ground
  • 11 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Insert the rubber stopper and filter into the cold brew container.
  • Then, add one cup of water.
  • Use a food scale to measure six ounces of coffee and add it to the container.
  • Use a food scale to measure six ounces of coffee and add it to the container.
  • Slowly pour six ounces of water over the coffee in a circular motion. Let it sit for five minutes.
  • Cover and allow the coffee to brew for twelve hours. I make mine at night and leave it overnight.
  • Place the container on top of the decanter and remove the stopper. Once the coffee stops dripping, for about 20 minutes, toss the contents of the brewing container (or use them as compost).
  • Remove the filter. Wash it, and store it in a resealable bag inside the freezer.

Notes

  • Cold Brew Storage: Cold brew concentrate keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks.
 
  • Coffee Beans: Use only coarse ground coffee beans to make cold brew. 
 
  • Cold Brew Concentrate: Please note that this recipe is for cold brew concentrate. It should be diluted with water or milk using a 1:4 ratio. 
 
  • Web Story: Check out our web story for how to make cold brew in a toddy! 
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Recipe Rating




RJ

Monday 6th of June 2022

This coffee beats Starbucks coffee and I can do it from the comfort of my home. Not to mention the money I save.

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

When I realized I could be making coffee shop-worthy coffee drinks at home it was a game-changer.