Education

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

Time: Overnight These are instructions for making cold brew using a Toddy brewer, but you can make cold brew in nearly any container.  Simply pour the finished brew through a paper filter to remove grounds.

  • Grind coffee on a coarse setting.
  • Since you’re making a concentrate, use 12 ounces of coffee and 56 ounces of water.
  • Insert stopper in bottom of brew container.
  • Rinse filter and place it in indent in bottom of brew container.
  • Add 1 cup cold water to the brewer.
  • Add 6 ounces of ground coffee.
  • Slowly pour 3 cups of water over coffee; try to evenly wet coffee.
  • Repeat Step 4.
  • Repeat Step 5.
  • Gently submerge floating grounds with a spoon, but do not stir.
  • Place container in refrigerator and steep for 12 hours.
  • Place brew container over glass vessel and remove stopper. When drained, remove & rinse filter.
  • Dilute 1:1 with cold water and serve over ice. Concentrate keeps in the fridge for 7 days.
  • Enjoy!