Coffee Concentrate, sometimes known as toddy coffee, is a cold-brewing method that changes one pound of coffee into one liter of concentrated liquid. All brew methods work the same way, by using water to release the solubles in the coffee grounds. In conventional brewing methods, we look to a 3-6 minute brew time, where the coffee grounds get a chance to steep in near-boiling water. A couple of obvious exceptions are espresso, which is 25-35 seconds and percolator coffee makers, which take about 20 minutes to complete.
In this brewing method, fresh, cold, mountain water is used and the coffee steeps for 12 hours. At the end of the brewing session, the coffee and water are separated. The resulting water has become a coffee concentrate.
This method changes the way the water interacts with the coffee and the resulting extraction is different as well. The coffee, when brewed, is much less acidic and therefore highlights different flavors of the coffee. It is often described as, “smoother.”
This is not my normal way of drinking coffee, but it is a favorite of one of the folks around our house. I use this coffee extract when convenience is at a premium, like overnight hiking in the mountains. It is easy to make great coffee, without lugging all the coffee brewing supplies along: 6 oz boiling water and 4 oz coffee concentrate, perfect!
It particularly shines when using it for cooking–imbibing coffee flavor within recipes. Here is our recipe sheet (right click to download): Coffee Concentrate Recipes