Brew Guides

At Tony’s, we believe that brewing a great cup of coffee doesn’t have to be complicated.

We started by writing short and simple guides for seven of our favorite brewing methods. You can access these by clicking the sketches below.

We had so much fun writing the guides that we decided to bring them to life with Bellingham-based filmmaker, Caleb Young. You can find each of our brewing videos below the sketches

We hope these guides bring a bit more clarity and joy to your daily brewing routine. You can check out other videos we’ve made around the roastery and on trips to coffee-growing countries on our YouTube page.

Aeropress

Learn to use the most versatile brewing device ever invented (by Sir Alan Adler).

Chemex

Look up classy in the dictionary and you’ll find a photo of a Chemex. Assuming, that is, you’re using a dictionary that has photos of coffee makers. Designed in 1941 by German inventor, Peter Schlumbohm, the Chemex is so objectively beautiful that it’s on permanent display at MoMA. Did we mention it makes a nice, clean cup of coffee too?

Bonavita

Learn a few tricks for brewing great coffee on your home coffee maker.

Clever Coffee Dripper

The aptly named Clever Coffee Dripper (or known simply as “CCD” in Australia) is one of our favorite brewing devices. By combining the best of pour-over and immersion brewing, it takes much of the guess work out of making a great cup of coffee at home.

French Press

The French Press is a tried-and-true brewing device. Common as it may be in American kitchens, it often fails to reach its full potential. Here, we present a few tips for getting the most out of your French Press.

STOVETOP

Time: 2-3 minutes

  • Fill the basket with coffee ground to a consistency slightly coarser than espresso grind (fine drip setting)
  • Bring water to a boil in a separate kettle.
  • Dispense freshly ground coffee into the basket and level off with your finger.
  • Transfer boiling water into bottom chamber of pot; make sure not to fill above the steam valve.
  • Insert basket and, using a towel, screw on top chamber, but don’t over-tighten.
  • Turn heat onto medium-low and with the lid open, stand in suspense — don’t melt your handle!
  • When you hear a “gurgling”, close the lid and place the pot on a cold, wet towel – this halts extraction and creates a sweeter brew.
  • Pour all of the coffee out of the pot shortly after brewing. Drink and enjoy.

Note:

  • Completely rinse and scrub all areas of pot with a soft sponge after each use, but never use soap, as this will give the next cup that’s brewed a metallic taste.

COLD BREW

Better than a lemonade on a hot summer day, cold brew is a delicious ice cold nectar we can’t get enough of. While it’s convenient to buy cold brew at a nearby store, making it at home is simple and can be done with a French Press, any large jar and filter, or our favorite brewer, the Toddy. Here we share how to make a smooth and delicious concentrate with a Toddy or a French Press, which can be enjoyed with your favorite milk, cream, water, or over ice.

How to Make Toddy Cold Brew Concentrate

Brew Time: 18-22 hours
Coffee: 12 oz
Water: 7 cups (add water for a less concentrated cold brew)
Grind: Coarse/Rock Salt/Baratza Encore #40

What you need:

  • Fridge
  • Toddy
  • Filtered Water
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large Spoon
  • Glass with Ice
  • Recommended: Burr Grinder

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Pre-soak felt filter for 30 seconds and place it in Toddy with plug. Add one cup of cold water to the Toddy.
  • Step 2: Measure 12 oz of coffee and coarsely grind it to the consistency of rock salt; we like to use the Baratza Encore grinder at setting #40, although 35-40 is a great target range. Every grinder is different and it may take a couple attempts to find your preferred grind.
  • Step 3: Add 6 oz of coffee to the Toddy. Pour 3 cups of water over the coffee grounds. Do not mix or stir.
  • Step 4: Add 6 oz of coffee to the Toddy and slowly pour the remaining three cups of water over the grounds.
  • Step 5: You will see dry grounds floating on the top. Slowly push them down, ensuring all grounds are submerged. Do not stir or mix.
  • Step 6: Cover and steep in the fridge for 18-22 hours. For a brighter coffee, steep for less time. For a richer coffee, steep for longer. We don’t recommend exceeding 24 hours as it may taste bitter.
  • Step 7: Place Toddy brewer over the carafe and pull the plug to drain. Serve over ice, add milk, cream, or water and enjoy. Store the cold brew in a sealed container the fridge for up to 7 days.

Pro Tips:

  1. For a less concentrated cold brew, add more water.
  2. When deciding how long to brew remember that the cold brew will be brighter with a shorter brew time, and richer with a longer brew time. We recommend not brewing longer than 24 hours as it may taste bitter and over extracted.
  3. You can brew at room temperature in less time (12-16 hours), although for food safety reasons, make sure your brew equipment is fully cleaned.
  4. There are lots of great ways to make cold brew. If you don’t want to purchase a Toddy, you can make cold brew in a large jar using a filter like a cheesecloth, nut milk bag, or your normal drip machine or V60 filter.

How to Make French Press Cold Brew Concentrate

Brew Time: 18-22 hours
Coffee: 6 oz
Water: 3.5 cups
Grind: Coarse/Rock Salt/Baratza Encore #40

What you need:

  • French Press (34 oz or larger)
  • Filtered Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Glass with Ice
  • Recommended: Burr Grinder

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Measure 6 oz of coffee and coarsely grind it to the consistency of rock salt; if you have a Baratza Encore grinder, we like setting #40. Note: every grinder is different and it may take a couple attempts to find your preferred grind.
  • Step 2: Add 1 cup of cold water to the brewer. Add 6 oz of coffee; slowly pour 2.5 cups of water over coffee trying to evenly wet coffee.
  • Step 3: Gently press down grounds just enough so all grounds are wet, but do not stir. Remove press and cover with plastic wrap; place in the fridge for 18-22 hours.
  • Step 4: Remove from the fridge and gently press down the plunger. Store the cold brew in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 7 days.