I'm totally serious too. The only way I like to make coffee in my house is by using a Coffee Toddy. It is a really easy cold brew method for making coffee...the best coffee ever, mind you!
This is how my dad's family made their coffee when he was younger and this is how I drank it when I was growing up too (when I was in high school of course). The cold brew method cuts down on the acidity of the coffee and makes for a really smooth cup of joe. It tastes SO much better than the the hot water coffeemaker version, for reals. Try it and become a believer!
What you need to make cold brew coffee is a Coffee Toddy which is shown up above here. It's just a big plastic brewing container with a handle, a plug, a filter and a glass decanter with a lid. I bought mine at Borders a while back and actually saw they still carried them there a few months ago. With Borders going out of business, now's your chance to grab one at 25-50% off...score! You can find them in the cafe part of the store. This is the one I have here. You can also buy them online here and here.
The Toddy can hold up to one pound of coffee and 9 cups of water. The coffee needs to be ground but not ground finely as this type of coffee could plug up the filter. I just use regular store-bought ground coffee and have always had good results (I like the Dunkin' Donuts brand myself!)
The first thing you do with your Toddy is take the plug here...
And plug the hole at the bottom of the brewing container. Make sure you plug it from the outside and NOT the inside as you'll need to unplug it later to let the coffee drip out!
Then take the filter, which is going to catch all the bitter acids and fatty oils from the ground coffee beans, and dampen it.
Place the filter in the bottom of the plastic brewing container like so.
Next pour in 2 cups of cold water and then half the bag of ground coffee.
Then pour in another 5 cups of cold water nice and carefully. Make sure that you are getting all the coffee grounds wet so there are no dry spots in there at all.
Then pour the remaining half of the coffee grounds over top. Wait 5 minutes for the coffee to get soaked up a bit by the water.
Ahhh, doesn't that coffee look nice and wet! Saturation is the key.
After you've waited for 5 whole minutes you can go ahead and add the last 2 cups of water.
Do NOT stir the coffee...this is very important!! Just pat the coffee down with a spoon to make sure that all the coffee grounds are nice and wet.
Then, just place the brewing container in your fridge and let the coffee cold brew for 12 hours!
When the time has finally come to taste the fruits of your labor, place the decanter underneath the brewing container and undo the plug. The coffee will drip into the decanter filling it with lovely, smooth, delicious coffee :-)
So good! Oh and you know what's cool? Cold brew coffee will last up to 14 days in your refrigerator...super awesome with a cherry on top! If you want to make a cup just pour it in a ratio of 1 part coffee concentrate to 3 parts water, milk or cream. You can also microwave it until just before it boils if you don't want to heat up the water separately!
Cold brew coffee also makes the best iced coffee, if you hadn't already guessed I would say that :-) It's the perfect cold drink to offer if you are hosting your next Momma's Night Out or just having friends over for a play date (Ummm, can you tell I don't get out much!)
I love to make mine by filling cups full with ice and adding the coffee concentrate...
Then pouring cream over top and finally adding in a few spoonfuls of sugar for the perfect touch of sweetness.
So good and waaaay better than those other iced coffees from you know where plus at a fraction of the cost!
Hope you'll give cold-brew coffee a try, it is seriously the only way to drink coffee...the Toddy rocks my socks! You will never want to go back to your coffee maker again!!
PS. This post was done totally out of my love for my Toddy and no other reason...it just makes some darn good coffee and I had to share!!