Espresso Concentrate

I try to keep a decanter of espresso concentrate in my fridge at all time so I’m always ready when I need a quick drink of iced coffee to-go.

It’s super simple to make and the flavor is incredible. Well, especially if you use the brand of coffee beans I use! More on that topic if you keep reading…

I use the Toddy cold brew system to make my espresso concentrate. Here’s what it looks like and how to use it.

To get started, you need the brewing container, a reusable filter and a stopper.

Insert the stopper in the hole (from underneath, you don’t want to know the mess I made when I inadvertently inserted the stopper from the inside!), then add the filter in the bottom. My filter is black at the moment. It needs replacing soon. A new one is white and will last about 10 uses or 3 months.

Now you’re ready to add the ingredients. First, a cup of water.

Then, 6 ounces of ground coffee.

Make sure your grounds aren’t too fine. If so, they may clog up the filter.





Slowly pour 3 more cups of water.




Wait 5 minutes…

Add another 6 ounces of coffee grounds and yet another 3 cups of water.

That’s it! You’re done. Now you wait 12 to 24 hours before you begin filtering. The longer you wait, the richer the flavor will be.

No need to put it in the refrigerator. Just leave it on your kitchen counter. It’s as simple as that.

Being the crazy person that I am, I think of weird things like dust or flies falling in my coffee during the night. So I put a pot cover on the container to keep my paranoia at bay.

I also place a pie pan underneath it. Once, and only once, it leaked on me overnight and left a huge mess on my countertop. Now I use the pie pan as a precaution. It’s never happened again but I’m sure if I forget to use the pie pan, that will be the day that it leaks again. Isn’t that how it always works?


Once you’re ready to retrieve your liquid gold from the brewing container. Here’s what you’ve got to do.

Make sure the decanter is nearby, quickly pull out the stopper (you did insert it on the underside of the container, right? If not, do you now understand the mess I was in before?) and place the brewing container so it sits on top of the decanter.

When you’re all done, add the decanter lid and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

I like to freeze some concentrate in an ice cube tray. The ice cubes can then be used to make frozen drinks like an Iced Cappuccino. Maybe a Roasted Marshmallow Iced Cappuccino? Yum!

*** Something to remember when making a coffee drink. One shot of espresso concentrate is 2 oz. Remember… it’s a CONCENTRATE!!! If you add too much in your drink, you’ll be vibrating for days!


QUESTION: What type of coffee beans do I use? Only the best in the world! I’ve tried many different brands, roasts and flavors. This is by far the most delicious bag of beans I’ve tried to date. Yum!

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