It's easy to get confused when there are so many different methods to make cold brew concentrate. The recipes and tutorials are endless.
There's straining with cheese cloth and strainers, and coffee filters, and small ball jars that will hold one day's worth of precious liquid. It's enough to make your head spin and wonder if it's even worth the trouble.
Well, my friend, I'm here to tell you, it is! Because it's so delicious, and fun to drink.
But there is a MUCH EASIER WAYto make cold brew.
Let me introduce you to the Toddy cold brewing system. It's not sexy, or sleek or even very pretty.... but it will make you the BEST cold brew coffee, that's for sure!
Watch the video, and see the recipe below as I walk you through brewing large batch cold brew using the Toddy maker.
But don't fret, if you don't have the Toddy brewer, you can still make great cold brew by using a cold brew filter bag, and the simple brewing ratio below. You will still get great cold brew and it will still be EASIER than almost all of the other methods people are recommending.
You can even join the Cold Brew Recipe club and you'll get a new brewing bag every month along with a new recipe, and the ingredients to make the recipe all in one box! We'll even make the recipe with you on video! How much easier can it be?
Check out the video:
Simple Cold Brew
12 oz. bag of coarsely ground Bean Hoppers coffee
- We've created coffee blends specifically formulated to give you the best possible flavor using the cold brew method.
- 50 - 55 oz. of fresh filtered water (make adjustments to your liking)
- Container that holds about 64 oz. volume (half gallon)
- Brewing bag (or brewing system like a Toddy Brewer)
- Pour the coffee into brewing bag and put brewing bag into your container (or cold brewing system like the Toddy Brewer).
- Pour the water over the grounds.
Stir the coffee and water until grounds are saturated.
- Don't stir if you're using the Toddy cold brewing systemwithouta brewing bag.
- Let it sit at room temperature from 10-15 hours.
- Lift brewing bag out of container & allow it to drain. (Using the Toddy brewer, simply pull out the plug and let it drain)
- Store the coffee concentrate in the fridge for up to 15 days
Easy method to make any size batch of cold brew coffee:
As a general rule of thumb, if you're trying to figure out the ratio, start by using 1:4 ratio.
This means if you make a small batch of cold brew using 20 oz. of water, you'd use about 5 oz. of coffee. You just take your total water and divide it by 4, or take your coffee and x's it by 4. It works both ways.
It's a very easy starting point, even before you've had your first cup. Then adjust the strength to your liking after a couple of experimental batches.
I personally feel that using exactly1:4 is slightly too strong for me (a bit of a caffeine rush for sure), so in the "simple cold brew recipe" I've recommended apx. 55 - 60 oz. of water to 12 oz. of coffee, because I've found I prefer that. My ratio is closer to 1:5 (12 oz. coffee x 5 = 60).
This ratio is great with a 10-15 hour steeping time. I wouldn't recommend going over about 15 hours or it could result in coffee that is too strong. But if it happens, you just use less coffee in your drinks if it's too strong! The taste is still great. It won't get bitter.