Toddy Cold Brew FAQ

Q. My market doesn't sell coffee in 1 lb. (16 ounces) quantities - can I brew less than 1 lb.?

Yes. To cold-brew less than 1 lb. of coffee, pro-rate the amount of water added to the coffee. For example, if brewing 12 ounces of coffee (3/4 lb.), add 3/4 of nine cups of water, or approximately seven cups.

The strength of the resulting concentrate may differ slightly from a 1 lb. batch, but realize one of the benefits of using the Toddy system is that you can mix to taste. When making your cup of coffee, simply add a little more or less water to your concentrate to get your preferred strength.

Q. Can I use my Toddy to cold-brew tea?

Yes. Add 1/2 pound of loose tealeaves into the brewing container. Fill with cold water 1 inch from top of the brewing container (tealeaves will absorb water and expand more than coffee). Allow to cold brew for 12 hours, then drain. To make a glass of iced tea, add one ounce of tea concentrate to 7 ounces of water. Adjust the strength to taste.

Q. Can one use Yerba Mate or other herbal teas in the Toddy system?

Yes. Follow the same directions as if you were brewing tea.

Q. How many tablespoons and cups make up 1 lb. of ground coffee?

There are approximately 60 heaping tablespoons, (75 level tablespoons) in 1 lb. of coffee. 1 lb. of ground coffee is equivalent to approximately 5.25 cups.

Q. How much coffee does Toddy's brewing container hold?

The brewing container is designed to hold 1 lb. of coffee and nine cups (72 fluid ounces) of water. NOTE: when you use a full 1 lb of coffee with nine cups of water, it goes to the rim of the container. Because of the concerns with overflow, Toddy has lowered the recommendation to 12 oz of coffee and 7 cups of water. The size of the brewing container has not changed. You can still use 1 lb of coffee and 9 cups of water but it will be at the top of the container.

Q. How many cups does 1 lb. of coffee yield from the Toddy system?

Toddy's cold brew system yields six cups (48 fluid ounces) of coffee concentrate. This is typically enough concentrate to make approximately 32 (6-ounce) cups of coffee, depending on how strong you like your coffee. Although this is about 30% less coffee per pound than what you may be accustomed to producing with your conventional hot-brew system, keep in mind, there's no waste. You drink what you make. Plus, it's better coffee.

Q. I like to grind my own beans at home. Is there a special grinder I should use?

The important thing is the grind, not the grinder. Many home grinders have no grind settings. The fineness of the grind is dependent on the grinding time. As a rule of thumb, grind your beans 75% of the time recommended for hot-brew systems. There are a plethora of home coffee grinders on the market that offer multiple grind settings. Grinders are available at your favorite gourmet coffee, kitchen shop or department store, or online.

Q. Can I use Mr. Coffee-type paper filters in my Toddy system?

No, the Toddy system requires specially designed reusable filters.

Q. Should gourmet-type coffee beans be used with The Toddy?

That depends. The Toddy can brew all types of coffee beans, and the unique characteristics of each variety or blend are preserved. On the other hand, according to The Washington Post, The Toddy system "produces good cup of coffee even from run-of-the-mill, pre-ground beans from a can."

Q. My Toddy 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.

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?

No. Stirring will cause the filter to 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. Should I cover the grounds during the 12-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 Toddy-made coffee more expensive per cup than hot brewed?

The Toddy system produces approximately 30% less coffee per pound than traditional hot brew systems. However, one key advantage to the Toddy system 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 Toddy-made, and you're getting a cup of coffee that is better tasting and better for you.