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When I was looking at possibilities for my new coffee maker, I almost skipped over the Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker simply because of the word ‘cold’ in its name—but I sure am glad I kept reading! The first surprise for me was the fact that “cold brew” doesn’t necessarily translate to cold coffee. The Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker uses a cold brew method, with which it can brew either hot or cold coffee, as well as iced tea.
Jackpot! For the first time I can enjoy iced coffee and cold tea in the hot summer months, as well as the hot coffee I depend on in the mornings year-round—and all that with only a single machine taking up counter space.
The Toddy T2N Cold Brew process uses the same ground coffee beans that my old, standard machine required, but the brewing process itself happens with the water unheated, and the result is a cup of coffee with two-thirds less acid than when I used the same beans in the old machine. The coffee-drinkers in my family suffer from some acid-reflux issues, so this discovery has entirely changed our mornings. There’s no longer the kitchen-dance of indecision, debating whether my system “can take” that additional cup of coffee I so badly want to pour. I just go ahead and pour it these days, and without the digestive consequences I used to suffer from the decision.
I have completely changed up my coffee making routine with the Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker; it’s a new approach and coffee-making process to learn, but I find my new routine infinitely easier, and the results are astounding. Rather than producing a drip-brew when I hit the button, as my old coffee maker did, the Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker produces a rich coffee concentrate, which I then add to my milk for a glass of iced coffee, or to a mug of steaming water for that hot cup in the morning. I actually have my coffee quicker than I did when I had to wait for the drip-brew; I use an instant hot-water faucet, but even if I were microwaving my coffee-mug of water, the heating time for the water is less than the brewing-time of my old machine.
Each coffee drinker in the family has arrived at an individual strength preference, since we can each add to our own coffee-cup the precise amount of concentrate that makes the perfect cup for us. It’s also a breeze to switch gears from the hot cup of coffee with which I start every day to the iced coffee I prefer as the day heats up in the summer. In either case, the Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker has already created the concentrate, and I can do with it whatever appeals to me in the moment.
The Toddy T2N Cold Brew process itself takes about twelve hours, so this is the one area where some pre-planning is needed. If I’m out of concentrate, I can’t whip up a pot of coffee in a matter of minutes. However… A single batch of concentrate translates to nearly a week’s worth of coffee drinks (depending on how many of our coffee drinkers are home during that week, of course), so I brew the concentrate roughly once a week, transfer the glass canister right into the refrigerator when it’s done, and we have our coffee ready at a moment’s notice all week! And as long as I don’t wait until we’ve entirely depleted the last batch before brewing the next one, the twelve-hour brewing time doesn’t ever inconvenience us. Now that we’ve tried the Toddy T2N Cold Brew coffee maker, we’d never switch back!