Cold Brew Coffee – A DIY Guide

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Hot Bloom Cold Brew

Toddy Maker

Cold brew coffee is a great for the warmer months and when you want to make unique coffee drinks in the office. Making cold brew with the Toddy system is very easy to do. All that it requires is:

  • One Toddy Brewer
  • 16 ounces of course ground, freshly roasted coffee. We used Stumptown Holler Mountain for this batch.
  • 60 ounces of filtered water (12oz of water heated to 202 degrees and 48oz of very cold water.
  • 12 hours of patience (yes hours!)

Why a courser ground coffee? A courser grind allows for fuller extraction without clogging the filter. We found that using a grind setting that is just a bit finer than French press works best.

  1. Pre-wet the re-usable filter and press it into place inside the bottom of the brewing container. Next, insert the stopper on the outside of the bottom of the brewer. Add the coffee to the container and tap the container on the counter a few times to assure the coffee is evenly distributed.
  2. Using the hot water from your coffee brewer, carefully pour in 12 ounces of hot water, slowly overlapping in circles and trying your best to completely saturate the coffee grounds (you won’t completely saturate the grounds with this amount of water, but the idea is to try) and set a timer for 1 minute. This process allows the coffee to bloom and fully extract the flavor.
  3. After one minute, in slow overlapping circles, pour the remaining 48 ounces of cold water into the brewing container. Using the back side of a spoon, gently press the top layer of coffee into the water. Don’t stir! Stirring can clog or dislodge the filter, completely ruining your batch!
  4. Cover with a plate and place in the refrigerator for overnight for 12-16 hours.
  5. When the concentrate is ready, take it out of the refrigerator, lining up the brewing container over the glass carafe and release the stopper.  It will take about an hour for the coffee to finish dripping.

The coffee concentrate will be STRONG! For drinking cold brew coffee, a ratio of 2-3 parts water or milk to one part concentrate works ideally.

Contact us today to talk about how we can improve the quality of coffee in your office.