My coffee addiction is neither under the radar nor under-control. My desk is like a veritable elephant graveyard of coffee cups from local shops and cafes. Please know that more than half of them are from Dunkin Donuts before you start accusing my coffee addiction of being some bourgeoisie hobby. It knows no bounds.
Over Christmas my girlfriend had seen enough and realized that although coffee would always be a core component of my daily diet, I could at least save some money by brewing it myself and step up the flavor with some decent beans.
The problem: I almost exclusively drink iced coffee.
The solution: The Toddy Cold Brew System
The Toddy has been around for nearly 50 years, is made in the USA, and prides itself as being a brand synonymous with cold brew coffee and tea. The product itself is pretty simple, consisting of a brewing container, glass carafe, filter and stopper (“so simple even a jittery caffeine addict can do it” might be a great future slogan). The result itself is equally impressive, producing a coffee concentrate that highlights flavors while reducing acidity by up to 67%.
After several months, has the Toddy made me into a less coffee-addicted individual? Absolutely not. But I have more change in my pocket, a fascination with experimenting and tweaking each step of the brewing process and a stomach lining that appreciates only being bombarded by whiskey and hot sauce rather than the additional trifecta of acidic coffee.