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, it is! Because it's so delicious, and fun to drink.
Because it's actually WAY easier than most people make it.
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 some great cold brew coffee, that's for sure!
If you don't have the Toddy brewer, you can simply use a cold brew filter bag, and the brewing ratio and the time will be the same, because we're making this SIMPLE. Of course you can adjust the ratio a bit, but start here and play around a little.
Watch the video, and see the recipe below as I walk you through brewing large batch cold brew using the Toddy maker.
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Check out the video: (recipe is below)
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
- 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 of your choice).
- 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.
- 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 (that means if you make a small batch, like 20 oz., you'd use about 5 oz. of coffee). 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 usually feel that using exactly1:4 is a bit too strong for me (a bit of a caffeine rush for sure), so in the "simple cold brew recipe" I've recommended 50-55 oz. of water because I've found I prefer that over using 48 oz. of water (an exact 1:4 ratio). Try it out! Make small adjustments to the ratio to discover how you prefer it.
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.