If you know anything about summer you know Iced Coffee is a refreshing way to beat the heat while enjoying a great cup of coffee. Making iced coffee could can seem like a difficult project but it is quite easy and worth the effort.
To make a great iced coffee it’s all about the method. The best way to make iced coffee is through a cold brew system. The cold brew system involves brewing the coffee in the refrigerator and not to add heat. The cold brew will need to sit in your refrigerator for 12-16 hours so it can fully steep. The major advantage to this method is that you get a smoother cup of coffee with a less acidic taste.
“A roasted coffee bean contains many compounds that are extracted during the brewing process. Some of those compounds, including certain oils and fatty acids, are soluble only at a high temperature. During the cold brew process, coffee beans are never exposed to high temperature”
you will need to purchase a Toddy system this is the best value and yields a great product. Just a note, The Toddy system will yield a CONCENTRATE not the actually product. You will need to water it down when it’s brewed.
Here are easy steps to making great iced coffee.
1. Start with 12oz of your favorite coffee
My favorite Iced coffee is from st pete coffee, they have a great blend called elements. Remember great iced coffee comes from great coffee.
2. Unpack your Toddy system.
3. Put the rubber stopper in the bottom of the Toddy.
Make you press it is firmly! If the stopper gets loose you will have a surprise in your refrigerator.
4. Rinse out your filter before using.
Filters typically last up to a month. When in doubt throw it out. The filter are very inexpensive and are important for straining out the grounds. You can purchase replacement Toddy filters through amazon.
5. Place the filter in the filter location in the toddy.
Make sure you press down but don’t over do it just make sure it’s flush with the bottom.
6. Add one cup of water
7. Add 6 oz of your coffee.
When grinding the coffee make sure you have it a little more corse than normal.
8. Add 3 cups of water
9. Add another 6oz of coffee and then wait 5 minutes.
10. Add 3 more cups of water
Make sure that all the grounds are wet. I prefer to use my hand to lightly push them down. DO NOT STIR!
11. Place in the refrigerator
Minimum of 8 hours and a Maximum of 16 hours. I like my iced coffee around 14 hours, the longer you let it sit the stronger it will taste.
12. Remove from Fridge and drain the Iced Coffee CONCENTRATE in the decanter
This can be a slow process you might need to wait about 5 min, don’t stir or disturb the coffee it will drain. Let gravity do it’s trick.
13. Preparing the CONCENTRATE
Don’t drink it straight this is meant to make a concentrate that you water down. A good place to start is: