Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cold Brewed Coffee Part 1

I suppose that if I don't have a bike related subject to post about, writing anything related to coffee is a good substitute. It just so happens that we received a package from Williams-Sonoma yesterday with our new Toddy Cold Brew System. My wife loves coffee but her stomach is very sensitive. She has had to limit herself to one cup every few days. The Toddy system claims to brew coffee with 67% less acid than a regular cup of coffee. Hopefully this will once again allow us to partake in our beloved morning ritual, sitting in bed together, enjoying a cup of coffee while the kids are sound asleep.

This is what comes in the box; a white plastic bucket with a hole in the bottom, a stopper for that hole, two filters good for about ten brews each, and a glass decanter with a plastic lid.

Don't forget to plug the hole with the stopper before you begin. You place a filter in the bottom of the bucket and pour in a cup of water. You then pour in about six ounces of course ground coffee, pour in more water then more coffee.

Once you've got all the water and coffee added into the bucket you use the back of a spoon to gently pat the coffee into the water making sure that all of the grounds are wet. Don't Stir! Stirring is supposed to produce a weak brew and clog up the filter.

This is it as far as preparation is concerned. You just put the bucket aside for twelve hours and allow the brewing process to complete.

I'll try to report on the results tomorrow.


  1. Interesting, I've never seen one of those. I thought this was going to be a post about iced coffee, based on the title.

    I hope this produces something your wife can drink. As a coffee lover myself, I would be pretty bummed if I couldn't drink it very often.

  2. I'm eager to hear the results, as April has the same problem with coffee (the result of a medication she's taking.) She still loves coffee, but her stomach can't handle it.

    As for the coffee bag with the mermaid logo on it, well...we got to get you some Portland coffee! ;-)

  3. I have one of those I picked up at the thrift store. I had another 30 years ago in another life but lost it in the division of property. It makes excellent coffee but part of my morning ritual is brewing coffee and experiencing the smell and forgetting the pot is on and cleaning up the mess. Hmmm since I can't smell the coffee anymore maybe I'll get it out an only have to clean up once and a while.
    Seriously it is excellent coffee and once brewed so easy (easier than instant) that I find myself going through about twice as much coffee.

  4. I hope it works. There is something about sitting quietly with a cup of coffee in your hands that transport you from whatever nonsense that is going on, to a better place. :)

  5. Hello, I like to drink coffee very much, to tell the truth, it helps me to wake up during my work. However, I take ten cups of coffee recently. So I hope I will get it...

  6. I also was thinking iced coffee. I try to buy lower acid coffee (Sumatra, I understand), so I'm looking forward to your next report.

  7. I hope it brews something similar to coffee that will work for her, but I think the heat is part of releasing the complex stew of aromatics that make drinking coffee so pleasurable. I don't drink cold coffee even in the summer in Phoenix for that reason.

  8. You can also use a French press to make cold-brewed coffee. Just prepare it before you go to bed, with cold water rather than hot, then strain, poutr and heat it up in the morning.