the_trystero wrote:I do cold brew for bulk convenience with inexpensive beans in the summer. But after doing a lot of blind tastings amongst beans of similar roast profile I stopped using expensive beans, they all end up tasting the same. This is with the basic toddy system.
For personal iced coffee with nice beans I've been doing the Aeropress over ice.
I have never used a Toddy, what is the filtration method? The only type of immersion cold brew I will stand by is cloth filtered. Stainless mesh allows fines to get in the resulting brew which indeed will muddle the flavor and texture. Paper filtration won't allow an optimal amount of oils in, thus resulting in subdued flavors and less mouthfeel.
IME, cloth filtered cold brew, with a grind in-between drip and press steeped for 18-24 hours results in a beverage that will have many of the characteristics of a hot brewed cup. I actually prefer it after it has aged in the fridge for a day. I could without a doubt tell the difference between a Kenya Othaya, Guatamalan El Bosque, and a Colombian El Meriano (All of which I prepared as Cold Brew last summer, hence the example) in a blind tasting. I will note however, that although I do not use inexpensive coffee, I will use coffee that would be considered stale for drip or espresso (day 14+) and I still get great coffee. It's a great way to revitalize old beans in the summer time.
I meant to post this link.
A couple of related articles along with a few posts on H-B steered me away from cold brewing for finer coffees.
Actually rocked this method exclusively last summer in between houses when I was traveling quite a bit. I find it is amazing for some coffees and eh for others.
yakster wrote: I love iced coffee when I hot brew into ice, but I'm not a big fan of the cold process brew. This is most likely because I favor bright iced coffees like Kenya and Ethiopia and drink them like juice.
The coffees you mention are definitely the ones I prefer if I were to use the hand pour over ice method. Fruitbomb type coffees tend to really pop with this method.