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Coffee How-To: The Toddy Maker

When it comes to brewing a high-quality cup of coffee, there are a number of different brewing methods—there’s the popular French press, the less common vacuum brewer, the drip grind, and the toddy maker, to name a few.

Today, we’re going to give you a little deeper insight into the toddy maker, which may or may not be very familiar to you. Though this system has been around for approximately forty years, it’s just now rising in popularity.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is a toddy maker? The toddy maker creates a coffee concentrate using a cold-brewing method, and this concentrate is then mixed with hot water to produce an extremely low-acid coffee, which you can make as strong or as light as you like. Ice can also be added to make a smooth iced coffee.

In comparison with hot coffee, toddy coffee is significantly less acidic due to the way in which the grounds react and extract over a period of time steeping in cold water. This lower acidity level makes toddy coffee ideal for coffee drinkers with sensitive stomachs.

How do you use it? First, prepare a pound of coarsely ground coffee, and pour one cup of water into the bottom of the Toddy brewing container. Then pour half of the coffee in. Using a circular motion to make sure that the grounds are evenly soaked, very gently pour an additional four cups of water over the grounds.

Next, add the remaining half-pound of ground coffee. Pour three more cups of water over the grounds. Finally, wait five minutes, and very slowly add one additional cup of water. Instead of stirring, lightly tap the topmost layer of coffee grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure they are all wet.

Though this method sounds time-consuming, it’s ultimately worth the effort. It’s recommended to cold brew the coffee overnight, leaving it for at least 12 hours.
Once brewed, the concentrate can produce more than one pot of coffee. That means you won’t have to brew every night, just to enjoy your morning pot of coffee. The concentrate can even be stored in the refrigerator to make one cup at a time, and will remain fresh for up to two weeks.

Note that after the brewing process is complete, you should unplug your toddy maker, and allow it to properly drain.

Flavors As we said, the cold brewed coffee produced using a toddy maker is particularly low in acidity, and smooth in flavor. The acidity level allows other flavors like spiciness, herbal tones, and sweetness to become more pronounced, making it quite a bold brew.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at the toddy cold brew coffee maker, then CoffeeAM has you covered, and please visit us today for all your coffee needs from delicious flavors, to professional equipment and accessories, to gift ideas, and more.
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