I’ve been a barista since I was 17, so 13 years. After that long, it’s hard to not become a coffee snob. I have a fancy espresso machine, but in the last couple years I’ve become a lover of cold brew. My true love lies with Starbuck’s Nitro Cold Brew. You can’t beat its smooth, creamy richness poured out a kegerator setup. Unfortunately, that system is not ideal for anything residential. So, I settled for something that is.
At one of the coffee stands I worked at we used the Toddy Cold Brew System. They make it for residential and commercial use and it’s incredibly user friendly. All it takes is water, coffee, filters, and the Toddy System. The system itself may be easy to use, but it can only make as good of coffee as supplied.
First off, start with your preferred roast (make sure it’s quality). I personally like medium roasts. Second, make sure you use coarse grounds, similar to what you would use with a french press as this will help the filtration process. Lastly, make sure you give it time! I let mine brew for 18 hours at room temperature.
The Toddy System uses 12oz of coffee and 7 cups of water. This yields approximately 56 ounces of concentrate that you then dilute 1:3 (I use 1:2). You can also use the system to make tea if you prefer.
Use your concentrate to mix with water, soy, milk etc to create your perfect beverage. I mix my concentrate with water in big jugs for ready-to-use iced coffee. What is also nice is the ability to heat the coffee up if you prefer hot drinks.
So, if you’re looking to save money on store-bought or coffee shop cold brew coffee, invest in the Toddy System! I got mine off Amazon.