Cold Brew, Who Knew!
Now you can brew your own at home.
Grind Size: Coarse
Brew Time: 18-24 hours
Items Needed: Coffee, Grinder, Cold Brew System (I use the Toddy Cold Brew System)
Recommended Coffee: Taormina
Where is it From?
Cold Brew coffee originated in Japan, where it has been a traditional method of coffee brewing for centuries. Slow-drip cold brew, also known as Kyoto-style, or as Dutch coffee in East Asia (after the name of coffee essences brought to Asia by the Dutch), refers to a process in which water is dripped through coffee grounds at room temperature over the course of many hours. Cold-brew can also be infused with nitrogen to make nitro cold brew coffee.
How Does it Taste?
Because Cold Brew is made with cool water, it tastes slightly sweeter, a bit milder, and much less acidic than your average iced or hot coffee.
For this tutorial, we are using the Toddy Cold Brew System.
Choose your favorite coffee (we recommend Caffé D'arte Taormina whole bean coffee). Then grind on a coarse setting. This system is designed to hold 12 ounces of coffee and nine cups of water. Following are the Toddy Cold Brew instructions that are used by Caffé D'arte:
1. From the OUTSIDE of the brewing container, insert the stopper into the bottom.
2. Dampen the filter and snugly place it at the bottom of the brewing container.
3. Insert one paper filter into the brewing container, making sure that it is open and ready for the water and coffee grounds.
4. Add one cup of water into the bottom of your Toddy Cold Brew container, and then add six ounces of Caffé D'arte coffee grounds.
5. Slowly pour three more cups of water over the grounds and make sure that all are saturated evenly.
6. Add the remaining six ounces of coffee grounds and wait five minutes before pouring the remaining three cups of water on top - DO NOT STIR this time.
7. Using a spoon, gently pack down on the top grounds to make sure that they are saturated.
8. For a perfect cold brew, let the Caffé D'arte grounds steep, at room temperature, for 18 to 24 hours.
9. Remove the stopper from the bottom and let your cold brew flow into the glass decanter.
10. Gently lift the paper filter, grounds and all, out of the brewing container and dispose.
11. Rinse the small circular felt filter for reuse with your next batch of cold brew. Let air dry.
For the perfect Toddy and Caffé D'arte cold brew, use a ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on how strong you like your coffee. Use 1 part cold brew coffee and either 2 or 3 parts water, milk, creamer, or soy.
Cold Brew Storage
Unlike hot coffee, cold brew will keep in your fridge. As an undiluted concentrate, cold brew will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Because the ground coffee beans in cold-brewed coffee never come into contact with heated water, the process of leaching flavor from the beans produces a chemical profile different from conventional brewing methods. Coffee beans contain a number of parts that are more soluble at higher temperatures, such as caffeine, oils, and fatty acids.
Brewing at a lower temperature results in coffee with lower acidity and lower caffeine content. It is around 65 to 70 percent less acidic than hot drip coffee or espresso In a side-by-side test using a regular blend of coffee, the Toddy version had 40 mg of caffeine per 100 grams of coffee, while the same amount of a regular blend drip coffee contained 61 mg of caffeine.
Toddy Brew paper filters are good for one use only.
Toddy Brew felt filters are suggested to be changed after 10 to 12 uses or after three months, whichever comes first.