Sure, it’s late in the summer, but it’s as hot as ever. Temperatures in Cincinnati have hovered in the mid-nineties for weeks, and this oppressive humidity just won’t let up. While this is a bummer for some folks (others of us love this time of year), the good news is that iced coffee season remains in full swing.
Every May and June we receive a lot of calls from our customers asking for advice about the best way to make iced coffee. There are lots of methods, but we prefer the Toddy Cold Brew System for a few reasons. It’s inexpensive, super easy, and makes really great cold brew. It’s how we make iced coffee for ourselves and many of our customers swear by it.
We carry an inventory of small Toddies for our customers, or you can snag a brand new Toddy from a variety of outlets for $30 to $45 (check eBay for a steal, too) or a commercial Toddy for about $85 or $90 dollars. The small Toddy will yield 48 fluid ounces of concentrate and a commercial system will yield 2.5 gallons.
We always recommend our Brazil Serra Negra for iced coffee, as it produces a flavor that is sweet and chocolate-y, with an edge that stands up nicely to cream or milk.
The Toddy method is simple. First, you fill a brewing container with 1 lb. of course-ground coffee. Slowly, you pour five cups of room-temperature water over the grounds, followed by four more cups a few minutes later. After soaking the grounds for eight to ten hours, you remove the small rubber stopper (see picture above) from the bottom of the brewing container, allowing the rich cold brew concentrate to flow into the decanter through a super-fine filter.
Once chilled, the concentrate can be used to make iced coffee, using a ratio of 1-to-1. (Note: we have found through our customers’ experience and our own experimentation, that 1-to-1 is ideal. However, the Toddy instruction manual suggests a 3-to-1 ratio. Spend some time trying this yourself, until you settle upon the right balance for taste and profit.)
It’s that easy. If you have questions about cold brew, or iced coffee in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We love talking shop and we love talking about your shop even more.