In honor of the warmer weather we’ve been having, I want to talk about my newest coffee obsession–cold brew. Specifically, the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker that I got for Christmas (thanks dad!) and how its changing my life. (This post is not sponsored by Toddy in any way, I just happen to really love this coffee maker).
Cold brew coffee has been around for ages, but only recently has it become trendy. Because bitter acids are extracted during the brewing process, cold brew coffee is smoother than your regular brew, and doesn’t cause that ‘eating a hole through your stomach’ feeling some people experience while drinking coffee. This is because time replaces the effects of heat, which releases more acids and bitter flavors. The brewing process also creates a more concentrated blend, which is great for mixing with milk without losing flavor. It’s actually very similar to Thai coffee in these ways.
Why cold brew coffee?
- Less acidic (so you can drink even more)
- More balanced flavor
- Can be stored all week for fast, delicious coffee on the go
Cold brew coffee is often confused with iced coffee, but that is a cardinal coffee sin! Iced coffee is regular coffee chilled and then poured over ice (or if you really have no respect for the beverage, poured over ice while still hot, resulting in a diluted, disgusting mess). Cold brew coffee doesn’t necessarily have to be served cold, which brings me to my Toddy obsession.
When I received the coffee maker for Christmas, weather in Chicago was frigid and gray. I was not going to drink cold coffee, as hot coffee was pretty much the only thing keeping me from moving somewhere tropical. Entering a new year as a full-time freelancer, I was also trying to save money, meaning working from home and making my own coffee more often. With the cold brew method, I can make a carafe of concentrated coffee on Sunday night that lasts throughout the week. All you have to do is add a bit of hot water and you’re good to go.
Of course, now that it’s warmer I’m getting excited for pouring my cold brew over ice, or freezing it with some sugar for a granita, adding it to a milkshake, or blending it with yogurt and strawberries for a morning smoothie (really, really good).
How to make cold brewed coffee:
- Start with coarsely ground, freshly roasted coffee beans (I use Intelligentsia).
- Place the filter into the coffee maker
- Add 1 cup of water to the brewing container
- Add 6 ounces of ground coffee
- Pour 3 cups of water over the grounds in a circular motion – coating all of the grounds slowly is important to facilitate brewing and filtering.
- Add 6 more ounces of ground coffee
- Wait 5 minutes
- Add 3 more cups of water – slowly, and again in a circular motion
- Lightly press down on the top layer of grounds to ensure they’re all wet, but DO NOT STIR (that could clog the filter).
- Let steep at room temperature for 12-24 hours
- Serve with steaming water, over ice, or any way you choose. Cold brew coffee lasts in your refrigerator for a few weeks (though I usually go through a carafe a week, easily).
Have you ever tried cold brew coffee? Do you have any favorite coffee recipes? Happy Coffee Monday!