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Cold-brew coffee

Cold-brew coffee: What´s it all about? 

Cold-brew coffee is exactly what the name suggests – coffee that has been brewed without heat. Initially, the concept sounds contradictory, as brewing usually implies the use of heat. With cold brewing, the brewing process is more about extracting aromas and, of course, caffeine by adding water.  

How is cold-brew coffee made?

To make a cold-brew coffee, you will need

  1. high-quality and ideally freshly, lightly roasted coffee beans (the darker the roast, the more bitter the coffee will test)
  2. a coffee grinder
  3. A Toddy Cold Brew System  (alternatively you could simply use an odourless glass with cling film or a jar with a rubber seal plus a filter and a second container or a cafetiere/Chemex
  4. fresh, still water (filtered if necessary)
  5. 8-16 hours
  6. ice cubes, if desired

Instructions: With a Toddy Cold Brewer

Stage 1 is the preparation. Insert the stopper, dampen the filter and insert it into the bottom of the top brewing container. Add 235ml of water, then 170g ground coffee. Slowly pour 710ml of water over the grounds in a circular motion.  Add the remaining 170g of coffee and wait 5 minutes. Sloly add the remaining 710ml of water – DO NOT STIR.  Lightly press down the top grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure all grounds are wet.

Stage 2 is the Brew. Leave the coffee to steep for 12-24 hours to create a smooth rich flavour.

Stage 3 is the Decant. Remove the stopper and let the coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter beneath. Now it is ready to drink.

Instructions: Without a Toddy Cold Brewer

First, coarsely grind approximately 100-150 g of the freshly roasted coffee beans. Use a slightly coarser grinding setting than you would for a cafetiere. The coarser grind will improve the flavour, as the beans will quickly become over-extracted if the grind is too fine. Pour the ground coffee into the jar (or equivalent) and add a litre of cold water. Stir once if required then leave the coffee to brew for 8-16 hours at room temperature. Unfortunately, if you get a sudden craving for cold-brew coffee, you'll need to have a little patience. Once the brewing time has elapsed, all you need to do is pour the resulting coffee concentrate through a filter – and you can enjoy your cold brew. Depending on your preferences, you can serve it black on ice, or diluted with water or milk. Or let your imagination run wild and create refreshing new beverages by combining it with mixers, such as tonic water. Use the cold-brew coffee concentrate within two weeks to enjoy the flavour at its best.


In 1964 Todd Simpson developed the Cold brew system, which he later went on to patent. The Cold Brew method depends on the time - not temperature. This method guarantees an especially soft coffee.

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What does cold-brew coffee taste like?

If you've ever tried cold-brew coffee, you'll know that it has a completely unique taste, which may be anything from mild to intense depending on which beans were used and, above all, how long the coffee was left to brew. We recommend experimenting to find your preferred brewing time. In general, 8-12 hours of brewing is enough to bring out the fruity notes of the bean; cold-brew coffee is generally less bitter than traditionally brewed filter coffee. However, if you prefer a stronger taste, leave the coffee to brew for longer. Cold-brew coffee that has been brewed for over 16 hours is usually only enjoyed by true connoisseurs of pure black coffee; after this point, the brew takes on a syrupy consistency and develops a strong, distinctive aroma. What's more, cold brew is easier on the body, as it is up to 70% less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee. 


Our verdict on cold-brew coffee

Cold-brew coffee is a whole new taste experience, but it can't be rushed. This is a drink to take your time over – after all, the anticipation is half the fun. Currently one of the most successful coffee trends in Europe, there are lots of ways to enjoy cold-brew coffee.