The Cajun Connection
Toddy Cold Drip Coffee Maker
Questions and Answers

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              1) How much coffee and water should I use in my Toddy ?
                Pour 1 dry pound of your favorite canned, bagged, or gourmet REGULAR
                GRIND coffee into the white plastic brewing container. Pour 4 cups of cold
                water slowly over your coffee grinds. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then add 5
                more cups of cold water. PLEASE DO NOT STIR the mixture.

                If you're using a 1/2 pound of coffee, add 2 cups of cold water and let stand for
                5 minutes then add another 2-1/2 cups of cold water and let the mixture steep
                for 10-12 hours.

                When brewing is complete, lift the plastic brewing container over the glass
                decanter. Remove the rubber plug with great caution. Coffee concentrate
                will immediately begin to flow into the decanter. Set the white plastic brewing
                basket on top of the decanter and let the concentrate filter into the decanter.
                Drain time takes approximately 15-30 minutes. Produces about 6 cups of

               2) How much Acids, and Caffeine does using the Toddy reduce?
                Hot brewed coffee has 3 to 4 times more acid than the same coffee brewed in
                a Toddy. Brewing with the Toddy also produces a cup of coffee that has
                approximately 2/3 the caffeine of hot brewed coffee.

               3) How do I make a Tea Concentrate in my Toddy?
                Add ½ pound of your favorite tea leaves in your brewing container. Fill with cold
                water 1" from the top of the brewing container. Let set for 12 hours and then
                drain. Store concentrate in the refrigerator. To make a glass of iced tea, add 2
                ounces of tea concentrate to 14 ounces of water. Adjust the strength to fit your

               4) What ground coffee do I use in my Toddy?
                Course to medium ground coffee is essential to achieve maximum filtration.
                Perk is ideal where drip is typically to fine. Fine ground coffee has a larger
                percent of coffee dust, which will clog your filter. Make sure when you add the
                water you do not stir with a spoon. Just slowly add the water.

               5) How do I brew ½ lb of coffee?
                When brewing a half-pound of coffee, first add 1 cup of water in the bottom of
                the brewing container. Then add ½ pound of medium to course ground coffee.
                Slowly pour 2 ½ cups of water over the grounds. Finally, wait 5 minutes and
                slowly add 1 ½ cups of water. Do not stir and allow sitting for 12 hours before

               6) How long do I brew my concentrate?
                We have found that brewing for 12 hours will give you maximum strength, while
                producing a less acid cup of coffee. Cold brewing for 12 hours will produce a
                cup of coffee that has 2/3 less acid than a hot brewed cup of coffee. If you brew
                longer it will produce a stronger concentrate, but it will also increase the acidity.

               7) How long will my concentrates last in the refrigerator?
                From day one to day 10 you will not notice a difference in the quality of the cup
                of coffee. After 10 days, the concentrate begins to deteriorate producing a cup
                of coffee that slightly stale tasting. If you do not find the taste objectionable, you
                can keep the concentrate in your refrigerator for 3 weeks. Discard the
                concentrate after 3 weeks. If you do not drink a pound of coffee in 10 days, you
                can freeze half of your concentrate and defrost it when you need it. Frozen
                concentrate will remain fresh tasting for 6 months.

                8) Why is my concentrate not draining and my filter clogging?
                It is very important when adding water to the coffee grounds to be careful not to
                stir. When you stir the brew it will disturb the filter bed and the fine sediment will
                go down and clog the filter. Using a course to medium ground coffee is
                essential to produce a filter bed that keeps the sediment from falling down and
                clogging the filter. If you have to use a finer ground coffee, add 2 cups of water
                in the bottom of the brewing container before you add the coffee. After adding
                the ground coffee, slowly pour in 5 cups of water. Wait 5 minutes and add the
                remainder 2 cups of water. Do not stir the mixture and allow it to sit overnight. In
                the event that the concentrate does not drain entirely out, take a long teaspoon
                and stick it through the wet grounds and slightly scrap the top of the filter. This
                should allow you to recover some of the trapped concentrate. Worst case, pour
                remaining wet grounds through a strainer into another container and rinse your
                filter. Place the rinsed filter back into the brewing container and add the strained
                concentrate back into the brewing container.

               9) Why is my brewing container leaking?
                Examine the outside of the hole in the brewing container (where the cork is
                inserted). When a knife is used to push out the filter it will damage the brewing
                container. This will cause a small slice on the side of the hole, which will allow
                the concentrate to leak past the cork. When pushing out the filter use
                something round like a straw or an ice pick. If the hole is slightly cut, you can
                drill a hole slightly bigger than the manufacture hole.

               10) How long can I use my Toddy filter?
                After brewing your coffee, rinse out your filter with water (no soap). Immediately,
                place your filter in the refrigerator in a zip lock bag or plastic container. You can
                use your filter up to 10 times, but discard it after 3 months.