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Toddy Review

Well spring is officially here! With the warm weather I have decided to bring you a review on the Toddy!

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For those of you that don’t know a Toddy is a cold brew system mostly known for its ease in making iced coffee drinks. To be completely honest here, I almost didn’t buy one because I have had absolutely delicious coffee from a Toddy as well as bitter, foul, and sour cups of coffee from a Toddy. So to be honest I wasn’t too sure, but none the less with spring here and warm weather the drive for iced coffee lured me in and I took the plunge.

When you open up the Toddy you are greeted with a glass pitcher, lid, rubber stopper, two Toddy filters, a plastic container, a handle (why the two are separate stumps me), and a small instruction booklet.

If you follow the instructions it gives you a nice smooth, flavorful cup of coffee. What’s great and a lot of people don’t realize this is that it also makes hot coffee, instead of coring over ice pour it over hot water similar to an americano! Below are some pros and cons for the Toddy!

Pros

ease of use, it really isn’t too hard to make a good cup of coffee from the Toddy, just follow the instructions

You can refrigerate the coffee concentrate for up to two weeks and it will stay fresh.

Makes great iced coffee as well as hot.

Flavorful without the bitterness

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Cons

takes 12 hours to brew (not too bad if you remember to do it overnight, but it’s not something that you can be like “I want a Toddy” and go make it, it requires some planning and thought)

Uses a lot of coffee (I use a full 12 oz bag per batch)

If you forget to change the filter out after around 10 brews the coffee will become bitter and sour. Which is the thing that I think a lot of coffee shops forget to do!Image

So all and all I love my Toddy, it’s ease of use, and how great the coffee tastes as well as the variations you can do with the concentrate once you have it brewed. That’s all for today!

You can purchase a Toddy at your local coffee shop, William Sonoma, and this great invention called the World Wide Web! The going price is around $35

What are your thoughts on the Toddy? Or share your favorite Toddy recipe below!

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Condesa Coffee, Cafe and Espresso Bar

Right off of Freedom Parkway, near the heart of downtown, in the Old Fourth Ward district is Condesa Coffee. This is a great coffee shop with some great baristas that serves some serious coffee.

Equipment – A+

Espresso Machine: La Marzocco GB/5

Grinders: Mazzer Luigi Super Jolly

The more and more I see the La Marzocco GB/5 the more and more I fall in love with it. Everything to the way it pulls shots, steams milk, and even the decorative details on the corners of the machine. This is a quality machine and more coffee shops could do themselves a favor in getting one of these bad boys.

Coffee – A

When Condesa first opened they served Intelligentsia coffee which is fantastic. Then they started serving both Intelligentsia and Counter Culture Coffee. Now they are strictly serving Counter Culture Coffee. Although I am a little disappointed that I can’t get my Intelligentsia fix here anymore, I can’t be too upset with Counter Culture either. Good coffee with good baristas that know how to make it.

Baristas – A+

All of the baristas here that I know of definitely have the chops to be a top notch barista. Most are vest wearing hipsters, but let’s be honest, when we see that it just confirms that our cup of coffee is going to be excellent. With various manual brew methods and espresso drinks available here, it is extremely important that you get a barista that knows what they are doing and with one taste of your drink of choice you will know that it was prepared correctly. They recently won the Krupps Best Brew Award as well.

Location/Feel – A-

Being right off of Freedom Parkway and Boulevard and about a block or two from Highland Avenue, Condesa is right in the heart of the Atlanta hipster scene. Also with Georgia State and downtown being just around the corner, you get a nice mix of college students, professionals, and well we will just call them trendy people. The shop itself has a very clean industrial feel to it, and there is a patio seating area on the street side sidewalk and beside it. The only knock here is that it is kinda secluded from other shops and things. You have to want to go here, you aren’t just going to stumble across it. There is usually a parking space to be found on the street. Their hours are:

Weekdays – 7AM to 7PM

Saturday – 8AM to 8PM

Sunday – 8AM to 7PM

Bar – N/A

Food/Other – A+

They use a lot of local, fresh ingredients here and they also make their own chocolate and vanilla. Once again, the food is a little on the pricey side in my opinion, but that seems to be the MO for coffee shops. The owner has done a good job with the menu and by supporting other local businesses with their offerings.

The tea is Intelligentsia tea, and I believe they serve Cabbagetown Chai. Pastries come from third party sources.

Another great thing is that they are very bike friendly. They are part of the Atlanta Bike Guild and if you ride your bike there you can get 10% off. Pretty sweet!

Overall – A to A+

Although Condesa is one of the new kids on the block in that they are still a relatively new shop, they have quickly established themselves as one of the best in town. With knowledgeable baristas, solid equipment, great coffee, and a good vibe, they are one of my favorite spots to hang out at or get some work done in that area. A must try if you are in the neighborhood!

Vacation

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I am leaving today to head to NYC for a week. When I get back, I will have a great new review of a fairly new coffee shop. Any guesses on what shop it is?

I will also be sure to check out as many shops as I can in NYC while I am there. ┬áSpeaking of NYC and coffee if anyone has an iPhone and are heading to NYC for business and/or leisure be sure to download the app “NYC Best Coffee” it is a great app that will give you a list of all the specialty coffee shops in the city. It will also give you information like the shop’s hours, the coffee they use, machines, and grinders. Plus it will give you directions. All in all it is a great app. I don’t go to NYC without it.

What coffee apps do you use?