Hario Cold Brew Coffee and Tea Review

Toddy Cold Brew vs Hario Cold Brew Pot

After using the Toddy Cold Brew device for about a year I thought I would try the Hario Cold Brew Pot. The difference is pretty evident in terms of the final product. Flavor, acidity, and texture are some of the parameters changed by using cold water to extract the coffee. I’ll walk you through my experiences using both products below –

The Toddy Cold brew makes more of a potent product that can be diluted. In the Toddy description it says it makes concentrate and that’s exactly what you get. You probably don’t want to drink this straight from the pitcher. Even if you drink straight espresso!

On the other hand, the Hario does not produce a concentrate. It can be consumed straight from the pitcher. I think the Hario cold brew coffee has a very different quality compared to the Toddy. The Hario product is lighter in flavor and body, or texture. The Toddy is thick, strong and bold.

I like the concentrate produced by the Toddy, but feel that its a bit cumbersome to use. I also don’t like how it takes up a lot of space in my fridge. There are also two separate pieces, the extraction jug and the glass pitcher for storage. The extraction jug feels like a piece of plastic. And it is. It serves its purpose.  (It is a little smaller than a 1 gallon milk jug).

On the other hand, the glass storage container has a much better look to it. In terms of using the Toddy, you need to dedicate a little time to preparing the brew. Example: First you have to wet the filter, than gradually add the coffee grinds. But not all of them. Then you add some water and let is sit a little bit. Then add the rest of the grinds and water. I usually cover the coffee with plastic wrap to prevent it from absorbing any food odors in my fridge. I’ll put a post up on this device next time I used it, maybe before the end of Summer.

For the Hario, I like how the the pitcher has a slim profile. This allows me to store it on my refrigerator door. It’s also a plus that it doesn’t require changing filters. The Hario is also relatively easy to clean. However, if you put in the coffee before adding water to the pitcher, it takes quite a while for the water to filter through the coffee. So to save time, I first fill the pitcher with water about half way. Then I pour from the top and through the coffee grounds. Once the pitcher is full, the coffee will get extracted from the grinds via diffusion from high concentrate to low concentrate areas.

I’ve used the Hario cold brew pot for both tea and coffee with good results! You can tell the coffee and teas are less acidic than hot brew methods, this comes through for me as a smoother texture with less ‘bite’ in the flavor profile. I think its a great way to experience your coffee especially during the hot summer days !

 

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This is how I do cold brew coffee with the Hario Cold Brew device.

  1. Weigh 80 grams of beans and grind coarse
  2. Add beans to strainer and add water
  3. As the grinds bloom (CO2 offgassing = light brown bubbles), stir gently with a chopstick
  4. Keep filling and stirring until water reaches the fill line.
  5. Store in fridge for at least 8 hours

This is how I do cold brew tea

  1. Weigh 14 grams of tea leaves (green, black, rooibos etc)
  2. Add tea to strainer and add water to the fill line
  3. Store in fridge for at least 8 hours

What are your thoughts or experiences with the Hario Cold Brew?

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