How To Cold Brew Coffee With The Toddy (video)


How To Cold Brew Coffee

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Here is a great way to brew coffee for iced coffees you can make at home! You can actually brew coffee without using heat or electricity and create a sweet, smooth tasting cup of coffee. While you can certainly cold brew coffee with your French Press, as I showed you last year, but today’s post is a video tutorial on how to brew coffee in The Toddy cold brew coffee system.

Brewing coffee in The Toddy is quite simple.  You just have to follow a few easy steps, and ignore some of the ‘advice’ in the instruction book!

Step by step Toddy Brewing Instructions

  1. You will need the Toddy Cold Brew System, 1lb of whole bean coffee, 9 cups of cold filtered water, patience

  2. Grind your 1lb of coffee to a french press or percolator coarseness. I prefer as coarse as possible.
  3. Insert the plug into the bottom of the brewer, and dampen and insert one of the SOS pad looking filters into the recess in the base
  4. Add about 2 cups of water to the brewer
  5. Add 1/2 of the coffee into the brewer
  6. SLOWLY and gently pour about 3-4 cups of water onto the grounds. Try to wet all of the grounds evenly. DO NOT STIR
  7. Add the remaining coffee
  8. Using the same technique, add the remaining water. DO NOT STIR
  9. Place the brewer in the fridge for 12 hours
  10. Remove the plug and immediately place the brewer over the decanter (This will take a few minutes)
  11. Serve 1 part concentrate to 3 parts milk/water.
  12. Store sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks!

That’s all there is to it! The most important factors are the grind of the coffee and the pouring technique employed. DO NOT USE A BLADE GRINDER for this method!  I never advocate using a blade grinder, but especially for cold brewing. The blade grinder always produces dust because it cannot make a consistent sized coffee particle (essential to every brewing method).  The dust settles to the bottom of the brewer and clogs the filter. The dust also always imparts some bitterness to the coffee as it gets over-extracted. Purchase a burr grinder like this one, or grind your coffee at the grocery store and immediately brew when you get home.

I found the included instruction booklet quite comical! It was obviously written by a non-coffee geek. Here are some of my personal favorite quotes…

Make sure your coffee beans are Arabica grade (not Robusta grade).” What the heck? Arabica and Robusta are two different types of coffee plants…not grades of coffee. Surprising as it may be, there is really bad Arabica coffee!

Don’t grind them (coffee beans) as you would for use in a French Press…use a blade grinder, grinding your beans between 9-11 seconds” — Huh? First of all a French Press grind is coarse, as it should be for this method. Second, a blade grinder is better used as a mini food chopper.

“The important thing is the grind, not the grinder. The fineness of the grind is dependent on the grinding time.”  Spoken like a true non-coffee professional. Yes, the important thing is the grind, but it is dependent on a quality grinder!  The fineness of the grind is not about how long it takes to grind it, but by the grinder coarseness settings.

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Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • mikecrimmins

    I forgot all about cold brewing coffee with a french press. Going to have to try that soon!

    Glad that I'm not the only one who likes a little milk in their cold coffee.

  • You can use the Toddy concentrate for hot coffee too, but I find the taste isn't great for hot coffee. It DOES make a great cup of iced coffee though!

  • Bill

    Great video/review Nate!

    I'm happy to report that Toddy is much geekier now.

    Toddy is now under new ownership and our emphasis is a lot more coffee industry focused. Including a slicker box design and a much more streamlined, non-ridiculous instruction booklet. I remember reading that section about the grind when I started working for Toddy a few months ago and thinking the same thing, Don't grind them as a french press???? “Huh? that's exactly what you should do.” I'm happy that's fixed.

    Thanks again for the review!

  • Thanks for watching and commenting Mike! Yeah, Angela commented about you using up her creamer 😉

  • So great to hear Bill! Sometimes non-coffee companies stumble upon a great coffee invention. (Such as the AeroPress made by frisbee folks) Perhaps this was a similar beginning? It is good to hear that they have 'smelled the coffee' and hired some coffee geeks 🙂 I really appreciate the compliments and the fact that you took the time to watch and comment!

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