With summer in full swing, it is critical that you have the appropriate beverages available on your menu, so your customers are able to cool down with luscious, frozen and iced drinks. Smoothies, frappes and iced coffees are excellent menu items; however, you will find those items brewed the same way in just about every café. For something easy and cost effective that will set your cafe apart from others, give TODDY brewing a try!
The TODDY method, also known as cold brewing, is the process of steeping coarsely ground coffee in room temperature water for an extended period of time (typically 12 hours or more). Though it takes a while to make, once completed, your drink options are plentiful. But before we talk about the numerous drinks one can make with TODDY brewed coffee, let’s talk about some of its benefits. The original purpose of the TODDY method was to produce a coffee that contained lower levels of acidity. Acidity is sometimes undesirable, due to its ability to upset sensitive stomachs, and it can also adversely affect the flavor if incorrectly balanced. Although the TODDY method does a good job of reducing undesirable acidity, there is another very useful advantage to the TODDY method, namely shelf stability. Coffee brewed using a traditional hot water method is typically stale within a few hours; however, coffee that is brewed cold over time has a different chemical structure and therefore can stay fresh for weeks. You can also reduce waste by brewing large batches of TODDY at once. Spilled coffee, used filters and overdosing are no longer a cause for concern. Once brewed, your barista can simply pour the exact amount of coffee that they need and put the rest back into the fridge.
A great feature with TODDY is that you can use it however you would use standard dip coffee or espresso. Typically, TODDY is served as a cold drink; however, it is not uncommon to use it in hot drinks as well. Some of the more traditional TODDY recipes include iced lattes, iced coffees and TODDY frappes. For hot drinks, you can make an “au lait” by combining it with steamed milk and butterscotch or other flavors, create mochas and of course your standard cup of coffee just by adding hot water. Another unique use of TODDY is coffee flavored whipped cream which can always add that perfect touch to any drink.
The TODDY method is a great way to ensure that just about all coffee products can be delivered quickly. It allows you to add something unique to your café, and it introduces your customer to a whole new aspect of the world of coffee. A TODDY® maker is relatively inexpensive, and Stockton Graham & Co. conveniently supplies both the commercial and home versions of the product. From all of its advantages, to the tasty drinks you can create, TODDY is definitely something to consider for your shop. To learn more about TODDY, be sure to check out our instructional video, our TODDY recipes and our directions on how to brew TODDY coffee . For any additional information or to try Stockton Graham’s specialty TODDY blend, give us a call at 800.835.5943.