Cold brewing techniques have been around for centuries, dating all the way back to the 1600’s in Japan. There are few records of this time but it is believed that the Dutch traders returned from Japan during this time period with the cold brewing process. Through history it has made its way around the world and back to the states where in 1960 a man named Todd Simpson invented the Toddy Brewing System after taking a trip to Peru where he was introduced to cold brew coffee. Some forerunners in the industry adapted cold brew in the 90’s and 2000’s but it wasn’t until 2010 when Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts picked it up and changed the industry forever!
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew is just that! It is a method of using cold or room temperature water and time to extract coffee. Cold brew coffee has a unique flavor profile that you won’t find anywhere else. With the lack of heat, it allows for a typically smoother and less acidic final product. It also holds great health benefits including compounds that protect your stomach from some acidity as well as may reduce your risk of heart disease, increase insulin sensitivity, stabilize blood sugar, and lower blood pressure. This coupled with the caffeine that can help stimulate brain function and can make you live longer! A long-term study in 229,119 men and 173,141 women ages 50–71 found that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries, accidents, diabetes, and infections (31Trusted Source).
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Something to brew in, such as the Toddy Brewing System
- 12 oz.(340 g) coarse-ground Coffee Beans
- 8 cups (64 fl. oz./1.9 L) Cold or Room Temperature Water
- Clock (or timer)
- First, insert the stopper into the outside bottom of the brewing container; then, dampen the disc-shaped felt filter and insert it into the inside bottom of the brewing container.
- Next, open the top of your paper filter bag and place the bag into the brewing container.
- Prepare for the brew by grinding your coffee very coarse, using the most course or second to the coarsest setting on most grinders.
- Pour 12 ounces (340 g) of coarse-ground coffee into the bag,
- Followed by 8 cups (64 fl. Oz./1.9 l) of water.
- Stir coffee grounds gently with a spoon or spatula to ensure even saturation.
- Tightly twist the top of the bag to close it.
- Steep your coffee grounds at room temperature 12 to 24 hours to create a smooth, rich flavor.
- Remove the stopper and let your coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter.
- Remove and discard the paper filter and coffee grounds.
*Coffee concentrate will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator. *