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The Complete Guide To Cold Brew Coffee

Why Cold Brew?

a man and woman drinking cold-brew outside

 

Toddy, or Cold Brew, is not new; however, it is becoming more and more popular.

Toddy is a perfect way to enjoy coffee without adding to the heat of the day. For some people, the rising summer temperature is a great reason to start drinking cold coffee.

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What is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew?

hot coffee poured over ice

Iced coffee is simply hot coffee that has been cooled down, usually by being poured over ice.

There are several ways to make iced coffee. Check out our other posts to find our favorite recipes.

Cold brew is crafted by steeping freshly ground coarse coffee in room temperature water for 12 hours or longer.

a clock made from a mug for the center and coffee scoops as the hands

Instead of heat, toddy uses time to extract the coffee’s oils, sugars, and caffeine.

The result of using time instead of heat to brew is a rich coffee, with low levels of acidity. That means toddy can be a relief to those with sensitive stomachs.

Unlike espresso or regular coffee, cold brew is never exposed to heat so the flavor will not turn bitter or stale as quickly.

In fact, you can save cold-brew for up to two weeks before its flavor changes, instead of the mere hours for brewed coffee. And it is virtually impossible to mess it up!

a woman presenting a Filtron Toddy/ cold-brew brewer box

You don’t have to wait to get cold brew at the store or your favorite coffee shop; there are several toddy making kits that you can buy.

Having a dedicated cold brew maker makes an already easy way to brew coffee even easier by removing a few of the steps and making clean-up a snap.

A cold brew maker consists of a large steeping chamber, a filter, and a decanter; everything you need to brew delicious toddy.

If you aren’t quite ready to commit to a dedicated brewer for your cold coffee needs, that’s alright; these instructions will work with items you most likely have in your kitchen.

If you already own a French Press, check out our French Press toddy brewing instructions.

a close-up of a mason jar full of iced Toddy

You can get a taste for making cold brew at home by following these simple DIY cold brew instructions.

You will need

 

  • Two large pitchers of equal volume
  • A coffee maker (Mr. Coffee, Chemex, Hario, etc.) A Sieve and cheesecloth also works great here!
  • Filter for your coffee maker
  • Coarsely ground coffee (sea salt, or French Press grind)
  • Filtered Water

Instructions (full batch):

1.

Add 36g of coffee for every 8 fl oz your pitcher will hold to your first pitcher

2.

Fill that pitcher with cool/room temperature filtered water

3.

Cover and let steep for at least 12 hours

4.

Add a filter to your coffee maker’s brew chamber, place brew chamber over your second pitcher

5.

Stir the steeped coffee slurry and then carefully pour it into the brew chamber/filter of your coffee maker

6.

Store your resulting concentrate in the fridge for up to 14 days, or dilute with hot or cold water (or ice!) to taste, and enjoy!

Pretty simple right?

And you have a delicious coffee concentrate that you can enjoy for up to 2 weeks. Be sure to dilute it before you serve.

a glass full of iced toddy and milk

Mix it with water, milk, or milk alternative; add ice and enjoy. For a smooth and comforting treat, try it with some steamed milk or hot water.

We have found that a ratio of about 50/50 is a great place to start.

Let us know how you like your iced toddy by leaving a message below or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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