This post on Toby's West Village is continuing my series of featuring my favorite coffee shops. (Check out my first one on Astoria Coffee!)
Toby's Estate started in Brooklyn as a specialty roaster and was part of the Aussie coffee movement in New York. Though I love their original Williamsburg location, I still think that the West Village cafe has its own unique and cozy charm.
When I first walked in, I immediately felt at home. The coffee shop is filled with warm tones in comforting wood and brick, with the New York Times was scattered around and free for all to read. There's a soft couch in the corner to sink into and relax. I also loved all the little details: the community marble table in the center, the relaxing beach print hanging by their sofa, the beautiful latte art served up by the baristas, the gorgeous handwritten typography in the milk or chalkboard menu, and their shelfie-worthy paraphernalia!
I really loved how friendly the people were. I especially learned a lot from Kris Fulton, one of the managers/ baristas of this location.
Toby's West Village is unique because their location only offers single origin coffees. "It's great to have the constant challenge of working with coffees that are very unique and constantly changing. Having new coffees to work with every few months is also exciting as a Barista," he said.
And for you coffee nerds out there, he believes that the most important part of making coffee is consistency: "With all the factors that go into extraction, it's hard to figure out what steps you are making to effect good change if you are not consistent with your process...consistency from cup to cup is the mark of a great Barista and cafe."
Besides learning about Toby's and coffee, I was also able to learn a bit more about Kris. He said that the favorite part of his job was to watch people enjoy something he created specifically for them. In addition, he spends his free time checking out new restaurants. His current favorites include Roberta's and Mission Chinese. (A huge favorite of mine too, so if you haven't yet, definitely check out Mission Chinese!)
There are seats that face the window on two sides of the cafe and give a perfect view of the outside. The seats are a great place to people watch, study, or catch up with friends. Big plus: bar hooks!
They get their donuts from Doughnut Plant! Bonus points since that's one of my favorite in the world.
Another cool part about Toby's West Village is that they have a Brew School in the basement where they host classes on espresso, latte art, and cupping. I attended a class in their Williamsburg location, but more details to come on that later in a future post!