How to Make Toddy Cold Brew Coffee: Customise Your Cup

Joshua Allerton
February 21, 2024

I've always been a fan of exploring different coffee brewing methods, and there's something uniquely refreshing about a perfectly made toddy cold brew. It's the ideal pick-me-up on a warm day, or frankly, any day when you're craving something smooth, rich, and full of flavour without stepping foot outside your home.

Making toddy cold brew coffee at home is simpler than you might think, and it's a game changer for your morning routine or afternoon break. I'll guide you through the process, ensuring you can enjoy this delicious beverage without the need for a coffee shop visit. Let's dive into the world of cold brew, and I promise, you'll be sipping on your new favourite drink in no time.

Choosing the Right Coffee Beans

Selecting the perfect coffee beans is pivotal in crafting an outstanding toddy cold brew. It's not just about grabbing any bag off the shelf; it's about understanding what beans will elevate your cold brew experience to new heights. I've learned through trial and error that medium to dark roast beans work wonders for cold brew due to their rich, smooth profiles that aren't overly acidic.

When browsing for beans, consider these tips:

  • Opt for whole beans over pre-ground. The freshness of your brew directly correlates with the freshness of your beans. Grinding them just before brewing ensures you capture all their flavor.
  • Single-origin vs. blends: Single-origin beans can provide unique, pronounced flavors, while blends are crafted to achieve a balanced, consistent taste. Experiment to find what suits your palate.
  • Medium to Dark Roasts: These roasts tend to have chocolatey, nutty, or caramel notes that shine in cold brew form.

Here's a simple table summarising the ideal characteristics for toddy cold brew coffee beans:

Bean TypeRoastFlavor Notes
Single-OriginMedium-DarkUnique, pronounced
BlendsMedium-DarkBalanced, consistent

Remember, the best part of making your toddy cold brew is tailoring it to your taste. So while my guidance leans towards medium or dark roasts, don't hesitate to venture beyond if you're curious. The world of coffee is vast and varied, after all.

Next, I'll walk you through the steps of making the toddy cold brew, ensuring you've got a straightforward recipe to follow. Trust me, it's easier than you think, and the results are incredibly rewarding. Whether it's part of your morning routine or a refreshing afternoon break, mastering the art of the cold brew is a skill that keeps on giving.

Selecting the Equipment Needed

Before I dive into the nitty-gritty of making a tod dy cold brew, it’s crucial to talk about the equipment you'll need. Luckily, the list isn’t long, and you might already have some of these items at home.

First off, you'll need a large container. This is where the magic happens, where your coffee will steep. Look for something with at least a 1-litre capacity. I prefer using a glass jar or pitcher, as it doesn’t impart any unwanted flavours into the brew.

Next, a coffee grinder is indispensable unless you’re buying pre-ground coffee. For cold brew, freshly ground beans make a world of difference. If you’re serious about your coffee, invest in a burr grinder. It offers a consistent grind size, crucial for extracting those rich, smooth flavours we talked about.

You'll also need filters or a strainer. A fine-mesh sieve works well, but I'm partial to using a few layers of cheesecloth or even a clean cotton cloth. If you want to go the extra mile, a dedicated cold brew coffee maker comes with a reusable filter, streamlineing the process.

Lastly, don’t forget a storage container for your finished brew. Cold brew can last up to two weeks in the fridge, so choose something sealable and easy to pour from. Again, I lean towards glass for flavour preservation, but BPA-free plastic works in a pinch.

With these items in hand, you're ready to move on to the actual brewing process. Trust me, it's easier than it sounds, and the results are well worth the minor prep work. Let's get brewing and transform those quality beans into a delicious, refreshing cold brew.

Grinding the Coffee Beans

When it comes to brewing the perfect batch of toddy cold brew, the grind of your coffee beans is crucial. I'll guide you through the process to ensure you get it just right.

First off, you'll want a coarse grind. This isn't just a preference; it's essential for cold brew because it allows for a slow extraction process, which is key to achieving that smooth, rich flavour we're all after. If you grind the beans too fine, you might end up with a bitter brew, and nobody wants that.

Let's break it down into simple steps:

  1. Measure Your Coffee: For cold brew, I recommend a 1:8 coffee-to-water ratio. This means for every 1 gram of coffee, you use 8 grams of water. It’s a good starting point, and you can adjust according to taste.
  2. Set Your Grinder: If you're using a burr grinder, select the coarse grind setting. The consistency should be similar to breadcrumbs. This ensures optimal extraction without overdoing it.
  3. Grind the Beans: Place your measured coffee beans in the grinder and begin grinding. Make sure to grind only what you'll use for your batch to maintain freshness.
  4. Check the Grind: Once done, check to ensure the grind size is uniform. Consistency is key here to avoid uneven extraction, which can affect the overall taste.

One thing I've learned through trial and error is the importance of experimentation. While the steps above provide a solid guideline, don't be afraid to tweak the grind size or coffee-to-water ratio to match your preference.

Remember, making toddy cold brew is as much an art as it is a science. It's about finding that sweet spot that suits your palate. With practise and patience, you'll soon craft the perfect batch of cold brew coffee, ready to be filtered and enjoyed.

Brewing the Cold Brew Concentrate

After grinding your beans to the perfect coarse consistency, it's time to get the brewing process underway. This is where the real magic happens, transforming your coarse coffee grounds into a deliciously smooth cold brew concentrate. I've found that simplicity is key to achieving the best results, so here's how I do it:

  1. Preparation of Water and Coffee Mixture
  • Start by placing your ground coffee into a large jar or pitcher.
  • Gently pour cold or room temperature water over the grounds, ensuring they are fully saturated. I stick to the 1:8 coffee-to-water ratio I mentioned earlier, as it consistently yields the best flavour.
  1. Stirring
  • Once all your water is in, give the mixture a good, but gentle stir. This helps ensure that all the coffee grounds are wet and can start releasing their flavour into the water.
  1. Cover and Infuse
  • Cover the jar with a lid or a cheesecloth. I prefer using a cheesecloth as it allows the brew to "breathe" a bit, but either option works.
  • Let it sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you let it steep, the stronger and more developed the flavour. I always aim for at least 18 hours for that sweet spot between strength and smoothness.
  1. Straining the Brew
  • After your brew has steeped, it's time to strain it. I use a fine mesh strainer and sometimes layer it with a cheesecloth for an extra smooth concentrate.
  • Pour the mixture through the strainer into another clean jar or pitcher. Be patient; the slower you go, the clearer your concentrate will be.
  1. Serve or Store
  • Your cold brew concentrate is now ready to enjoy! Mix it with cold water or milk to your taste preference. For me, a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water strikes the perfect balance.
  • If you're not ready to drink it straight away, store the concentrate in the fridge. It'll keep nicely for up to two weeks, ready for you whenever you need a caffeine fix.

Serving and Enjoying Your Toddilicious Cold Brew

After patiently awaiting your cold brew's infusion, it's finally time to serve and savour this toddilicious cold brew coffee. The beauty of cold brew is its versatility, so I'm excited to share how I enjoy mine to the fullest. Remember, the final preparation is all about personal taste, so feel free to tweak these suggestions to suit your preferences.

Straight-Up Cold Brew

For purists who love the rich and smooth flavour of cold brew without any frills, serving it straight from the fridge is the way to go. Here’s how I do it:

  • Dilute your cold brew concentrate with cold water. I usually stick to a 1:1 ratio, but feel free to adjust according to your taste.
  • Add ice to a glass and pour the diluted cold brew over. The ice adds a refreshing chill that enhances the drinking experience.

Cold Brew Latte

If you’re like me and enjoy a creamy texture in your coffee, turning your cold brew into a latte is a fantastic idea. Here's a simple way to make a cold brew latte:

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour cold brew concentrate halfway up the glass. Again, adjust the amount based on how strong you like your coffee.
  3. Top off with cold milk or a dairy-free alternative of your choice. Stir well.

Sweetened Cold Brew

While I appreciate the natural sweetness of cold brew, sometimes I crave a bit more indulgence. Sweetening your cold brew is easy and can tailor the drink to your sweet tooth:

  • Prepare your cold brew, diluted to your liking.
  • Stir in simple syrup to taste. You can make simple syrup by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a pan over low heat.
  • Add a dash of vanilla extract or a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra flavour boost.

The possibilities for enjoying your cold brew are endless. Experiment with different add-ins like chocolate syrup for a mocha version or a slice of orange for a citrusy twist. The key is to explore various combinations until you find what makes your cold brew experience uniquely satisfying.

Conclusion

Crafting the perfect toddy cold brew coffee is all about personalisation. Whether you're a purist who enjoys it straight or someone who loves a creamy latte version, the key is to make it your own. I've shared my favourite ways to enjoy this versatile drink, from adding a splash of milk to experimenting with sweeteners and flavourings. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to enjoy your cold brew. It's all about what tastes best to you. So go ahead, get creative and discover your perfect cold brew concoction. After all, the best cup of coffee is the one that suits your taste to a T.

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