Toddy Cold Brew System
On sale at Amazon For $31.20. Normally $37.50.
- Easy to use and clean.
- Makes enough iced coffee for at least a week.
- Reduces the acid levels in the coffee.
- Takes 12 hours to brew.
- Slightly mutes the taste.
- Hot coffee was disappointing.
If you’re looking to stay cool and keep caffeinated this summer, the Toddy Cold Brew System is worth checking out. I did find a couple of drawbacks, but overall I’d have no problem suggesting it to someone wanting to make cold coffee.
The positives start with the ease of use. There’s only four steps, five if you count drinking the iced coffee.
The first step is to selecting coffee beans, then putting them in the grinder on the coarse setting.
The next step is to insert the stopper (making sure to put it in from the bottom, not the top unless you want a real challenge to get the coffee concentrate out like I did the first time) and filter.
After that, there’s a two stage process of adding the ground coffee and water.
The final step is to let it brew for 12 hours before filtering out the coffee concentrate.
Overall, I think it was just as easy as using a normal drip brew coffee maker. Cleaning it was actually easier than cleaning my coffee maker.
There was a question about how much coffee beans are used, compared to more traditional methods. Grinding an entire bag of coffee for just one batch, did make me nervous, especially when I saw how little concentrate was left after filtering out the water. However, it was enough concentrate to make coffee for a week, which is about average for me and a pound of coffee.
The only major drawback was that it takes 12 hours to brew, so if you’re in a rush for iced coffee, I would just brew coffee in a more traditional way and add iced cubes.
The taste of the Toddy Cold Brew coffee was very smooth and more flavorful compared to regular coffee watered down with iced cubes. It had a smooth taste, with little of the acid that can cause heartburn and upset stomachs. However, the taste was slightly muted, which is understandable because it didn’t have the heat bringing out of the flavors.
As far as using it make hot coffee, I would have to pass on it. It makes great cold coffee, but the hot coffee version just tasted a little off no matter how much water or concentrate I added.
Have you tried the Toddy Cold Brew System? What did you think?