Home made cold brew iced coffee instructions by Hannah Mercer AST

What It Is:

Cold Brew (or Iced Coffee) is a little different than hot brewed coffee. It tends to produce coffee with a creamier mouthfeel, much less acidity (about 70%), and enhances different flavor notes of a coffee than a method using hot water. Often, cold brewed coffee methods produce a concentrate, which you can drink straight for an extra kick, or dilute using a 1:1 ratio with water to produce regular strength coffee. If the acidity of hot coffee bothers you, but you don’t like drinking iced coffee, warm up the cold brew in the microwave, or use hot water to dilute the concentrate.

What you Need:

A home cold brew system like the TODDY


A container large enough to hold 8 quarts of water
A strainer (like a fine mesh, cheesecloth, cotton pillowcase, regular coffee filter)
Cool, clean water
1 lb Medium-Coarse ground coffee (similar to French Press)

How to Do It:

  1. Place your coarsely ground coffee in the bottom of your vessel.
  2. Add 8 quarts (2 gallons) of water slowly, making sure to evenly wet all the coffee grinds.
  3. If necessary, use a clean spoon or stick to push down any coffee grinds that did not get wet.
  4. Wait anywhere from 12-36 hours, depending on your desired strength.
  5. Strain everything through your desired strainer. The smaller the holes, the less sediment you will see in the finished product.
  6. Store your cold brew in any container you like. The concentrate will stay good for up to two weeks in a refrigerated environment.
  7. Dilute to taste and enjoy.
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