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How to Use the Toddy Cold Brew System (Recipe and Instructions)

The Toddy Cold Brew System is an excellent choice for those who enjoy cold brew and love simplifying their lives.

We’re here to save you from trouble and show you how to use it best.

  • Glass Decanter
  • Brewing Container
  • Lid for Decanter
  • Brewing Handle
  • Toddy Filter
  • Rubber Stopper

At a Glance

Brew Time



1-2 cups

The first thing you want to do before you get started is to check if you have a cold brew coffee guide.

Just kidding.

You need to make sure you have everything you need. Compiling all of your materials, especially the beans and the cold brewing container, ahead of time is an important tip.

The Toddy cold brew instructions state that it has a 12-hour steeping time, so you have to be patient when using this method. The Toddy cold brew system holds approximately 12 ounces of coffee with seven cups of water, so the maximum yield is about seven cups of coffee, depending on how much each person drinks.

This method might seem familiar to those who make cold brew coffee using a French Press. You also want to make sure you choose the right coffee beans. Among these are the best options for cold brew.

how to use cold brew system coffee maker

How to Brew Using the Toddy Cold Brew System

Note that this guide covers the Toddy cold brew system instructions only. Each of these steps is essential to brewing the perfect cold brew, so don’t skip any.

Step 1

Insert the rubber stopper into the bottom of the Toddy cold brew coffee maker from the outside of the container.

making sure that the rubber stop is properly inserted

Step 2

Wet one of your filters and insert that into the bottom of the cold brew coffee maker.

inserting a rubber stopper into the bottom
wet filter in Toddy
paper filter in the toddy

Pro Tip: Add the water and coarsely ground coffee grounds to the brewing container in batches. It helps ensure the water reaches all the beans.

Step 3

Add half of the water and coffee grounds to the cold brew container.

adding water to Toddy cold brew maker

Pro Tip: When adding the water, you should do so in a circular motion. This helps to keep the beans from sticking to the filter.

Step 4

Add the remaining water and coffee to the mixture.

adding ground coffee to Toddy cold brew maker

Step 5

Use the back of a spoon to ensure all the coffee is fully submerged in the water.

stirring coffee in the Toddy

Pro Tip: Never press down on the beans because they can clump together, clog the filter resulting in fewer nutrients being extracted from the beans.

Find more cold brew tips and techniques here.

Step 6

Cover the cold brew maker with plastic and leave it out at room temperature to steep for 12 to 24 hours.

covered lid on the Toddy

Step 7

Remove the rubber stopper and allow the coffee to run into the Toddy decanter.

cold brew running into the Toddy decanter

Pro Tip: If you want a strong coffee concentrate to make unique coffee beverages, you can keep the cold brew as-is. For a milder taste, add ice or half to 2 cups of water depending on your preference.

Follow this coffee to water ratio for cold brew: 1:3 or 1:5.

Watch our fun video review for all the perks of this cold brew maker that we might’ve missed in the article:

Final Thoughts

Now that you understand how to use Toddy for cold brew, how do you plan to use it? Instead of spending tons of money each month at the coffee shop, why not learn how to make cold brew with it from your kitchen’s convenience?


There are a variety of Toddy coffee recipes to try at home. Just keep it simple by adding milk or cream to your coffee or spice things up with a couple of shots of your favorite whiskey and Bailey’s for an Irish coffee. Here’s where we compiled around iced coffee drinks made with cold brew.

You can put your cold brew coffee maker in the fridge if you prefer, but keep in mind that it will take longer for the flavors to develop, so you’ll have to steep it longer. Part of the system’s desirability is that you can make cold brew faster; when you put your cold brew in the fridge, you’ll want to leave it there for approximately 20 hours.

Cleaning a Toddy cold brew system filter is relatively easy. You run your filter underwater to remove any extras. You don’t have to use soap or any detergent. After you wash it, store it in an airtight container in your freezer for future use.

Jovana D
I come from a country where people drink domestic coffee (what the rest of the world knows as Turkish coffee) and where Nescafe designates all instant coffees ever made. So, imagine my first encounter with, say, Hario V60...Yes, it was love at first sight.  Today I’m a moderate coffee connoisseur and a huge coffee lover. My favorite brewing methods are the V60 and traditional espresso-making. Yet, despite my country’s long tradition of Turkish-coffee-adoring, I somehow cannot stand it. That’s just too dark, even for me.