Toddy Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between cold brewed coffee and regular iced coffee?

Q. Can I drink cold brew concentrate hot?

Q. Can I use my Toddy® Cold Brew System to cold-brew tea?

Q. How many cups make up 12 oz. of ground coffee?

Q. How much concentrate will my Toddy® System produce each batch?

Q. How should I grind my coffee beans?

Q. Do I get more or less caffeine when I cold brew coffee?

Q. The instructions say to leave the grounds and water undisturbed. Some of the grounds clump up and resist getting wet, thus remaining dry after I add the water. Should I stir to wet all the coffee grounds?

Q. My Toddy® Cold Brew System won't drain. What can I do?

Q. Should I cover the grounds during the 12-24 hour brewing period? While brewing, should I refrigerate the brewing container?

Q. Is coffee from the Toddy® Cold Brew System more expensive per cup than hot brewed?

Q. Can I use other branded filters in my Toddy® Cold Brew System?

Q. Where may I buy replacement parts for my Toddy® Cold Brew System?

Q. How can I best protect my Toddy® system for longtime use?

Q. What else can I make with the concentrate from my Toddy® Cold Brew System?



Q. What is the difference between cold brewed coffee and regular iced coffee?

Most regular iced coffees start with hot brewed coffee poured over ice. The end result is a drink that can taste watered down with an acidic flavor profile. When cold brewing coffee no heat is added resulting in a smoother and less acidic coffee concentrate that is delicious over ice.

Q. Can I drink cold brew concentrate hot?

Absolutely! Your Toddy® Cold Brew System makes a delicious concentrate for hot coffee as well as iced. We recommend 1 part concentrate to 3 parts steaming hot water for a flavorful yet gentle cup of hot coffee.

Q. Can I use my Toddy® Cold Brew System to cold-brew tea?

Yes, tea from the Toddy Cold Brew System is delicious and smoother than a hot brew or sun tea method as it removes much of the tanins and bitterness that can be released. In the absence of heat, you’re left with perfectly refreshing and smooth tea. Any type of loose tea leaves from Yerba Mate to other herbal teas can be used. See our instructions for how to cold brew your tea.

Q. How many cups make up 12 oz. of ground coffee?

There are approximately 4 dry cups of course ground coffee in a standard 12 oz. bag.

Q. How much concentrate will my Toddy® system produce each batch?

If you are brewing 12 ounces of coffee, it should yield approximately 38 ounces of coffee concentrate. If you are making tea, your 8 ounces of tea leaves should produce approximately 50 ounces of tea concentrate. This should be just above the Toddy logo on your glass decanter.

Q. How should I grind my coffee beans?

Use the coarsest grind setting for best results. If you purchase beans from a coffee shop, ask your barista to grind for French press. Many home grinders have no grind settings - grind your beans 75% of the time recommended for hot brew systems. Grinders are available at your favorite gourmet coffee, kitchen shop or department store, or online. The important thing is the grind, not the grinder.

Q. Do I get more or less caffeine when I cold brew coffee?

The caffeine difference between cold brewing and hot brewing methods is negligible. When hot brewing coffee, the heat causes chemical reactions to release some additional caffeine, but it is a very small amount. The coffee concentrate created when using our system has about the same strength as a shot of espresso. If you wanted a drink with the same strength as a regular cup of coffee, we recommend diluting your coffee concentrate three parts water, ice, cream, or milk to one part coffee concentrate. The amount of caffeine is mainly dependent on what type of coffee you are using as well as how much you dilute your coffee concentrate.

Q. The instructions say to leave the grounds and water undisturbed. Some of the grounds clump up and resist getting wet, thus remaining dry after I add the water. Should I stir to wet all the coffee grounds?

Yes, you can stir the grounds if using the paper filter (Method 1 from our instructions). Stirring is not recommended for Method 2 as the felt filter may clog. Instead, using a water pitcher, slowly pour water in a circular motion over the grounds. If needed, lightly tap the topmost grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure all grounds get wet.

Q. My Toddy® Cold Brew System won't drain. What can I do?

To avoid a clogged filter, make sure the coffee you use has a medium to coarse grind. Secondly, when adding water to your coffee grounds, do so in as gentle a manner as possible. The goal is to wet all the grounds, while disturbing the grounds as little as possible. All ground coffee contains some amount of 'coffee dust', or extremely fine particles. As you begin to drain your concentrate, these particles can work their way down to the filter. If the grounds have not been agitated, the larger grounds act as a filter themselves, preventing the dust from reaching the filter and clogging it. If the filter gets clogged and drainage stops before full extraction is completed, take a dinner knife (with a rounded blunt end), gently stick it down through the grounds until the tip hits the filter; then scrape the top of the filter.

Try Toddy® Paper Filter Bags in your next batch to prevent felt filter clogging.

Q. Should I cover the grounds during the 12-24 hour brewing period? While brewing, should I refrigerate the brewing container?

It is not necessary to cover or refrigerate the brewing container during the brewing period. Simply place the container on a level table or counter where it will not get wet or be disturbed. You can cover the brewing container with plastic wrap, aluminum foil or a plate, if desired.

Q. Is coffee from the Toddy® Cold Brew System more expensive per cup than hot brewed?

The Toddy® Cold Brew System produces slightly less coffee per pound than traditional hot brew systems. However, one key advantage to cold brew is that there is no waste; you drink the coffee you make.

Studies show that the vast majority of coffee drinkers who use a hot brew system will create a pot of 8-10 cups of coffee, drink 4-6 cups, and then throw away the leftover coffee. Sound familiar?

Given this comparison, you may actually pay less per cup of coffee from the Toddy® Cold Brew System, and you're getting a cup of coffee that is better tasting and better for you.

Q. Can I use other branded filters in my Toddy® Cold Brew System?

No, the Toddy® Cold Brew System requires specially designed felt and paper filters. Only genuine Toddy® Cold Brew System replacements are compatible and guaranteed food safe.

Q. Where may I buy replacement parts for my Toddy® Cold Brew System?

You may order replacement parts direct from Toddy or by calling toll-free 1-888-863-3974. If calling from outside of the United States, dial +1-970-493-0788.

Genuine replacement parts for the Toddy® Cold Brew System are also available at select gourmet coffee and tea stores throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Search for a local retailer online with our store finder. We can't guarantee that the item(s) you're hoping to find are in stock at all locations. Therefore we highly recommend you call the location to verify availability before making the trip.

Q. How can I best protect my Toddy® system for longtime use?

Follow our easy clean up practices found in our instructions to get the most out of your Toddy® system. When removing your filter, push a round, thin object through the bottom of the brewing container. Do not use anything sharp as may cause leakage during brewing. Keep your Toddy® brewing container away from extreme temperatures and do not push your rubber stopper in too hard to prevent cracking and leakage.

Q. What else can I make with the concentrate from my Toddy® Cold Brew System?

We're delighted to introduce a unique collection of food and beverage recipes using cold-brewed coffee and tea. Please see our exclusive recipes.

 

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