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Does anybody make/drink cold brew coffee?<br><br>
If so do you like it?<br><br>
I am sooo very interested in making my coffee that way and my Mom is going to be buying both herself and me a brewer. She was talking to a friend of theirs and all he could do was rave about the coffee, that convinced her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I am pretty sure the carmel frapachino (sp?) that I love at Starbucks is cold brewed as the taste of the coffee is so much better/differant than other coffees.<br><br><br>
So do tell me all... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I used to have a toddy coffe maker, but I broke it. You would add ground coffee, water and let it sit overnight then strain through this mega thick filter. It makes an awsome concentrate that is low in acid and tastes divine. MMM now I want coffee. Too bad its almost 11pm.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: ... i mean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee">
 

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Sadkitty, I am sure you know there are replacment part available. Have found places that sell the parts while looking for the best buy on the toddy maker.<br><br>
A good cup of coffee sure does sound yummy about now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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It is ...<br><br>
SOOOOOOO good!<br><br>
When my papa couldn't stomach regular coffee anymore because of the acids in it, his doc suggested trying cold-brew if he didn't want to give it up.. So .. we got him a toddy for his birthday. Now he drinks more than he ever did before :LOL and .. cold brew was the only coffee that didn't send my morning sickness over the top. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have one but rarely use it. It is nice in the summer. The flavors are real clean because doesn't break down the oils in the bean, I think. Not only is not acidic, but also it is not bitter. Mine requires a pound of ground coffee to make concentrate, and that was a hassle for me.
 

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Melissa17s,<br><br>
Do you mind explaining whats the hassel with a pound of coffee? The measuring of it or...?<br><br>
Thanks
 

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I only have a small grinder and grinding a pound took forever. I have consistantly had bad luck grinding witht the store grinder at my coop because someone has left part of their coffee in it. Also, I like the bitter qualities of a good espresso or french roast, so I would rather make that then the cold toddy. Thats why it is a hassle for me... may be for you.
 

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mmmmmmmmmmmm, toddy! That brings me back. I used to drink them with cream & a dash of vanilla syrup on ice. They were kinda spendy at the coffee shop so I got a brewer, then I went hardcore, even drinking them with coke ( <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> , fizzy dessert coffee drink). Now, I think I'd like them with silk creamer, but the local coffee shop doesn't make it. I had to get rid of the brewer. They're really good if you have some self control!
 

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What's a toddy?<br>
Where do I get one?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> I wanna try!!!!!!<br><br>
i have heard it'sbetter for you, but oh I do love a rich dark, bitter espresso..........I like my chocolate the same<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
oh, someone mentioned starbucks- they don't cold brew anything. I used to work there breifly a long time ago.
 

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I've been thinking of trying this cold brew method for a while. But, I wonder, what on earth is the reason for the fancy system? Can't I just grind some coffee and leave it in a pot on the countertop overnight, then filter it? What, other than something new to clutter up your cabinets, do you get out of the device?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Yeah, we had a friend who made toddy in cheese cloth in a (clean,new of course!) sock. Seems like filtering would work, too.
 

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Yup, that's the way my husband does it. Works great, especially because he likes to make batches smaller than one pound of coffee.<br><br>
FYI, I think the general instruction is to use 9 cups water with 1 pound coffee. This makes a coffee concentrate that you'll dilute when you drink it. Scale down to suit your purposes!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Carolyn
 

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More...I need more info on how to do this cold brew method. How would one prepare enough for a week? What do you do with the concentrate? Do you drink it cold? I ever so interested in less acidic coffee!
 

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I wonder that also but then I got to thinking that maybe that the filter "times" the lenght of the brew. Isnt it like 10-12 hours it takes to make the coffee concentrate?<br><br>
So if a person just leaves coffee and water in a glass jar overnight with the coffee in a clean cheese cloth or filters it then a person should be set?
 

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Just so you know... The coffee goes into a plastic basin with a hole (similar to a plant pot) on the botton that has a plastic plug. The filter sits over the hole. After the coffee has sat for the designated time, you put the basin on top of the caraffe. Right before putting it on the caraffe, you pull the plug, so the coffee can pass through. I think it might get gritty if you make it with cheese cloth, but it is worth a try. Because you are using a pound of coffee, a regular coffee filter would not be practical. The filters for the toddies are very thick, almost look like felt, and fit into the bottom of the basin. I googled "cold water toddy" and I saw one just like the one I have at <a href="http://www.totallytoddy.com/toddy.html" target="_blank">http://www.totallytoddy.com/toddy.html</a> although there were other sites with the same contraption.<br>
As far as having extra stuff goes, it is not a big deal unless you are not using it. I have found my caraffe very versitle, and I use it to store many other beverages besides coffee. You have to put the coffee somewhere to begin with, and this is actually a fairly simple system.
 

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<a href="http://www.toddycafe.com" target="_blank">www.toddycafe.com</a> is another place to look. I worked at a coffe shop during grad school that used them. Also, there is not cold brew in frappucino.
 

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I know some chains of coffee shops use cold brewed coffee for their cold drinks. And I was thinking that because the coffee in the Starbucks frappucino tasted so much better than most coffees that maybe they cold brewed. They also own a company that cold brews according to some article I read.<br><br>
But I guess I was wrong.<br><br>
Going to buy a pound of coffee tomorrow and make cold brew in a jar. If its not so much of a hassel then I wont have Mom buy me a Toddy maker. Maybe she could buy me some really good coffee beans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> :LOL<br><br>
Thanks for all the help ladies, you are a wealth of info as usual <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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