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how to make cold press from scratch

Cold Press

For a cold brew that yields a super smooth, utterly tasty coffee concentrate, we recommend following these six steps.

While most shortcuts sacrifice quality, the toddy maker lets you have your cake and eat it too. With just a little foresight, you can have delicious coffee concentrate ready to mix up hot or cold coffee drinks at a moment's notice. Better still, this brew method is friendly to even the most sensitive stomachs.

This brew guide is for one batch of cold press concentrate, which calls for 12 oz. coffee and 56 fluid ounces of water.

how to make cold press from scratch

Things You'll Need

things you'll want

  • A scale
  • A quality burr grinder
  • Foresight to anticipate cold press needs 8-12 hours in advance
how to make cold press from scratch

Step 1

  • Insert the stopper into the bottom of the brewing container from below.
  • Wet the felt filter and insert it into the bottom of the brewing container from inside.
how to make cold press from scratch

Step 2

  • Measure and grind your coffee.
  • Grind the coffee extra coarse, into granules that are like gritty polenta.

For 1lb. of coffee, the instructions remain the same, simply substitute 72 fluid ounces of water.

how to make cold press from scratch

Step 3

  • Add water and coffee to the container by halves. 
  • Bubbles and swelling mean fresh coffee; no bubbles means time to buy new beans.
  • Allow the coffee to bloom after each addition. 
  • DO NOT STIR (stirring the bed of grounds can result in a clogged filter). 
  • Lightly press down on the topmost grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure all grounds get wet.
how to make cold press from scratch

Step 4

  • Steep your coffee grounds for 8 to 12 hours to create a smooth, rich flavor.
how to make cold press from scratch

Step 5: Decant and Serve

Remove the stopper and let your coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter. The concentrate will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator.

how to make cold press from scratch

Step 6: Serving Suggestions

  • We recommend starting with a ratio of 1 part coffee concentrate to 1 part water, milk or soy.
  • Mix to taste, making your coffee as strong or as weak as you prefer.
  • For rich, smooth iced coffee, simply pour coffee concentrate and water, milk or soy over ice.
  • Combine coffee concentrate with steaming hot water for a bolder, gentler cup of hot coffee.

For more ways to use your cold press concentrate, check out our recipes page.

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