Getting tired of paying $5 a pop for a cold coffee drink, I set about learning how I might make my own. The only issue was, I had no espresso machine, nor do I particularly want one. Casting about on the web, which consisted of asking an online friend who owns a coffee shop
in Fort Worth, TX, I learned of something he called "toddy", or cold-brewed coffee. Let's make some!
The things we'll need:
- Some coffee beans (you should be able to use pre-ground coffee as well). I used 3/4 cup of whole beans this time around, but I think I'll use a full cup next time.
- Some water, about a half-gallon (8 cups, or two quarts, or four pints, or...)
- A pitcher that can hold that much liquid with some room to spare.
- A blender (more on this later).
- Some time.
- A mesh strainer, a large bowl, and a paper towel.
- The aforementioned pitcher again.
A note on the amount of coffee if you're using already-ground beans: Whole beans lose about a third of their volume after grinding, so 3/4 cup whole would be 1/2 cup ground, give or take. This is based on my best guesswork, and I have yet to test it, so YMMV.
You probably see where I'm going with this. On to the first step...