Make your own cold brew coffee with this simple method. It’s easy to make and will save you money and trips to the coffee shop!
Yesterday became the official first day of being way too hot for me. Yeah, it was 91 degrees at 11 am yesterday and I don’t like it. I’m just not very tolerant of hot weather, so I complain for over 6 months out of the year. I know what you are thinking, just move already. Ha! Like it’s that easy. So yesterday I made the big switch. The same big switch I make every year at this time. I switch from drinking hot coffee to iced coffee.
I know, it seems silly. But in my defense, I’m a coffee addict. Hot coffee is pure and burns a little while it’s going down. Perfect for waking up. Perfect for revving the engine. I learned many years ago that hot drinks make you cool down and cold drinks warm you up. Despite science, I want a cold drink to get me going during the way-too-hot Arizona desert summer.
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So I’m putting the Keurig aside and pulling out the Toddy Cold Brew System. I have had the Toddy for years, and although it’s a pretty simple thing, I get so much use out of it. I feel it’s the best cold brew coffee maker and it was an amazing purchase. I tried the mason jar method and it was too much work. Every few months I have to buy new filters for the Toddy. But that’s no big deal. I just saw that they now have paper filter bags for the Toddy, which makes it so simple for clean up! I’m going to have to try those.
So I have learned to mostly ignore the directions that came with the Toddy, and prepare my cold brew my own way. It works perfectly. Grab a bag of pre-ground coffee, or grind your own. Whatever. You need 340 grams. If I have bought bulk coffee for some reason, I use a food scale. I love my food scale. 340 grams is one of those smaller bags you get at the grocery store.
All you need to do is moisten your filter, and stick it in the hole at the bottom of the Toddy. Make sure the plug is in firmly, I had a problem with that once. Add about a cup of water. Make sure you use filtered water, since tap water is gross. At least it’s gross here. In Arizona you can chew the tap water. Disgusting.
Anyway, after you add a cup of water, pour in about a third of the coffee grinds, then slowly pour about two cups of the water on top. Let it sit for a minute, then add more coffee. Basically, you want to go slowly so that all the coffee grounds get moistened by the water. I do this until I reach the top. This is usually about 8 cup of water. If I have dry coffee grounds at the very top, that are floating on the water, I take a large spoon and gently push the grounds into the water. Don’t stir, since this will clog the filter.
I place a plate over the Toddy, since it didn’t come with a lid and I don’t want dust in it. I saw on Amazon that you can purchase a lid separately, but a plate works just fine for me.
I find that I have to use a new filter after about every six batches. I buy a bunch at a time from Amazon. Just rinse it out after each use.
Let your coffee brew for 12 to 24 hours. The longer it brews the stronger it will be. Once it has sufficiently brewed, drain the coffee into the carafe. Now this coffee will be concentrated. That’s the best part. You can add water to make it as strong or as weak as you like.
Use your cold brew in this Coffee Almond Protein Shake!
So I am a purist when it comes to my morning coffee, especially since I do intermittent fasting and don’t like to eat before 11 am. But I love adding a little flavor to my afternoon coffee. Especially Torani Sugar Free Irish Cream. Sometimes I’ll make it into a Irish Cream Coffee Frappé.
Do you make your own cold brew coffee? If so, what method do you use?
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