maison21 is a self-confessed monster in the mornings- he is NOT one of those people that wakes up happy to be alive and ready to face the day's challenges with a smile (hate them perky bitches).
but he does tend to mellow out after his first couple cups of coffee, so he's always on the lookout for a good caffeine injection system, to both quick start his conciousness in the a.m., and yes, feed his full blown caffeine addiction. after figuring out that his twice daily quad-soy latte, at five bucks a pop, might be putting a crimp in his financial freedom, but having no intention of going cold-turkey or surrendering his daily vice, he made a vow to start brewing at home.
we've tried our own expresso maker (hassle), and enjoyed a french press for a while, but kept relapsing and returning to the starbucks. we now think we might have hit upon the secret to delicious, relatively hassle free brewing at home: the toddy cold brew coffee system.
we first read about the toddy system in an old issue of domino, and it's been percolating in the back of our mind until we decided to take the plunge about a month ago (who says you can only get decor tips from a decorating magazine?).
though it seems to fly against the laws of nature (cold coffee?), the coffee brewed is delicious, lasts for days and it provides a much lower level of acidity (my stomach lining is seriously thanking me). though it's makers tout it as "super concentrated", we find we like it mixed one to one with soy milk (and lots of sweetener- it is strong). it does take 10 hours to brew, so some advance planning is involved, but since the results last for several days, that advance planning is easily beat by by the hassle of avoiding the daily grind (sorry).
get a toddy- if you are a coffee lover, it will change your life (and, yes, they have an associate program, but m21 didn't sign up- he just wants to reach out to other java junkies, as a service to his fellow addicts. if he can help just one person get free from the starbuck's daily money suck, than that's all the payment he needs).
now, back to decorating...