Toddy: What it is and why you should know about it
Is coffee a part of your daily routine? If so, toddy needs to be on your radar.
Toddy is coffee that uses time instead of temperature to extract the flavors from the coffee bean. Course grounds are steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours to reduce the undesirable flavor elements that are typically released when hot water is used in the brewing process. There are several compounds extracted, including certain oils and acids, during the general brewing process due to their high temperature solubility. When we use the cold brew process instead, the delicious flavors are extracted from coffee beans while the bitter oils and harsh fatty acids are left behind.
This leaves you with a balanced and especially smooth cup of coffee that can be served either hot or cold. If that doesn’t make you want to try a Toddy, maybe its additional benefits will:
- More caffeine. A properly made cold-brew can contain nearly 50% more caffeine than a regular hot-brewed coffee because more coffee grounds are used during the brewing process.
- Less waste. Even though it takes more coffee beans to make a cold-brew, you will find that you can drink that same brew up to 14 days later if you wanted to – just keep it covered and sealed in your refrigerator.
- Tastes better. Because using cold water requires such a long steeping process, the extractions are much more selective in leaving behind bitter compounds to focus on the bean’s yummy flavors. Most people find that the decrease in bitterness causes the coffee to taste sweeter and therefore can be enjoyed without the need to add a milk or creamer.
- Less acid. The cold-brew process creates coffee that is approximately 67% less acidic than conventionally brewed hot water coffee. Extra bonus – less acid means less coffee-stained teeth due to fewer tannins.