Six: The Toddy Brewing System

I didn’t like coffee until I was 26 years old. I cannot tell you how I started regularly drinking it, but I can tell you the first cup I drank. I was on a Delta airlines flight from ATL to LAX. Coming off a long day at work, and seriously dragging, I ordered a cup of coffee and hoped for the best. And it was something…the caffeine jolted my system until I crashed dramatically. But, unlike my previous mentality of “coffee tastes awful,” I kinda liked the stuff and decided to experiment.

LA is a great place to do just that. On this hunt for coffee truth, I discovered ice brew at what is still one of my favorite coffee shops. I drink everything now; hot, cold, espresso beverages, good, bad, whatever. But my favorite continues to be coffee that is not brewed with hot water. The lower acid content allows you to taste the individual notes of the beans and roast, and also makes it easier on the ever creeping heartburn of my aging esophagus.

At first, I would make small batches in a french press, but my household consumption forced me to grind too often. In comes the Toddy. This little wizard is perfection. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store. After you rinse the fiber filter, just throw it in a ziploc in the freezer. Pedro in Glendale, CA will be receiving a Toddy in the mail from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Yes, I used a coupon.

TIP: You can use your spent coffee grounds as plant fertilizer! 

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