In 1971, in a street-level coffeehouse inside Bellingham’s Terminal Building in historic Fairhaven, Tony’s Coffee original founder began roasting the first small batches of coffee and espresso from the best beans he could find. Tony kept clear, glass jars filled with directly sourced beans from all over the world — from Ethiopia to the Caribbean. As one of the first to bring locally roasted coffee to Bellingham, Tony’s Coffee quickly established itself as a cultural staple in town.
Fast forward 40 years, and it has outgrown the original coffeehouse, but its home in Fairhaven remains, along with that same passion to create. People love to get together for a great cup of coffee, and Tony’s has grown together with the town to form a thriving Northwest community of coffee lovers.
Not a day goes by that Tony’s Coffee and the crew of about 30 coffee fanatics aren’t looking for new roasting ideas. They regularly attend Roasters Guild workshops, studying topics ranging from thermodynamics to sensory triangulation. And every year they travel to meet with farmers and taste improvements in cup quality.
These relationships help broaden their understanding and appreciation for all that goes into making a great cup of coffee.
Since 2016, T&C has been in love with Tony’s Coffee. We currently carry nine blends, including Café Carmelita, Backcountry Blend and Espresso Noir.
But we’re probably the most excited about our own custom-made blend. When Tony’s Coffee approached us in 2018 to develop a unique, medium-roast coffee just for T&C, their idea just felt right, like holding a mug of hot coffee on a chilly morning.
“This blend wasn’t about self-promotion. They truly wanted to be of service to our company,” said Nita Wills, our Bulk Category Manager. “Much like T&C and the Puget Sound, Tony’s is deeply rooted in their own Bellingham community. We really connected with that.”
That’s why we’re proud to feature MiddleField Blend and its delicious hints of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut. It’s named after the farm on the original Nakata family property on Bainbridge Island that the company now owns. Look for it in our Bulk Foods department or bagged on our shelves!