Blue Bottle Coffee: Please Welcome Guest Blogger Ev

Jan 30

 
 

Oh Man, I Need One Now

Good Monday Morning to ya!! Boy, am I awake! You see, my last trip to San Francisco resulted in a tragic addiction that I have yet to shake off. Blue Bottle Coffee. It’s possibly the worst plague to come along in a very long time indeed. But heck, it makes me perky as I face the work week.

I remember when I first heard about this shop in San Francisco about two years ago, I was dubious about the very expensive cups of coffee. But then I was working over at the Palace at a conference and I dropped into this place at the San Francisco Ferry Building in the Embarcadero. What an incredibly worthwhile very long wait for a simple cup of coffee.

Ev, my brother-in-law, sent me an email with a ton of pics showcasing the place, and I just had to share with y’all.

Um...That's Evan in the Middle


“Sorry, it took me so long to get you these photos of Blue Bottle,” Ev writes. “I really mean that because I had a great experience taking them. I used go there a lot in the mornings to get a cup but it became too expensive. $2.75 for a drip and $3 bucks for a Gibraltar. Although I did enjoy it I think rather pricey. ~:- ( I asked the manager in the morning if I could come back and photograph the place for alunchboxblog.com, after I got off work. With his approval, I came back in the evening on my way home with my camera.

“I politely waited in line, ordered my Gibraltar and recounted my story from the morning. I reassured them I wouldn’t get in the way and snapped away. I started out front waiting for the “Gib” to be created by a master A.J.

A.J. Preparing a Gibraltar Glass

I snapped some of the outside and inside; the Japanese coffee preparation products that line the walls; the bagged beans; and the “boys” at the espresso machine.

“I knew there was a sweet machine on second counter so I asked to be allowed into the “Employees Only Zone” and permission was shortly granted. Oh, I’m so cool and grateful. I quickly snapped a few photog’s until one of the employees started asking too many question and made me miss my ferry. Ugh. That’s when I tried to call you.

“Well, here we are back at home. Jacked up on coffee and loving every second. Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that give us the most comfort. Mine is Coffee.
Enjoy, Ev”

For a walk through of Ev’s experience waiting for, then devouring his Gibraltar at Blue Bottle, just click on the slideshow below.

Tip Generously!

Tip Generously!

Front of Store in the Ferry Building

Front of Store in the Ferry Building

Brand my T-Shirt

Brand my T-Shirt

Ready and Waiting for a Lovely Drip

Ready and Waiting for a Lovely Drip

Ouch!

Ouch!

Taller than a Macchiato, Shorter Than a  Cappucino

Taller than a Macchiato, Shorter Than a Cappucino

The Merch at the Store as You Wait in Line

The Merch at the Store as You Wait in Line

The Bonmac Ceramic Filter is a Must

The Bonmac Ceramic Filter is a Must

Three Africans Coffee

A Bag o' Beans: Three Africans

A Menu of Options

A Menu of Options

A Little History of the Blue Bottle While You Stand in Line

A Little History of the Blue Bottle While You Stand in Line

A.J. Preparing a Gibraltar Glass

A.J. Preparing a Gibraltar Glass

Ah, the Gleam!

Ah, the Gleam!

Barista Making a Gibraltar

Barista Making a Gibraltar

Blue Bottle Barista-eye View

Blue Bottle Barista-eye View

A Sweet Machine

A Sweet Machine

Lattes in Action

Lattes in Action

Oh Man, I Need One Now

Oh Man, I Need One Now

The Gibraltar at Blue Bottle

The Gibraltar at Blue Bottle

Swiggin' the Goods

Swiggin' the Goods

Going...

Going...

goooooing....

goooooing....

Gone!

Gone!

Um...That's Evan in the Middle

Um...That's Evan in the Middle

From their rather terrific website, the origin of the business’ name is rather eye-opening: “In the late 1600s, the Turkish army swept across much of Eastern and Central Europe, arriving at Vienna in 1683. Besieged and desperate, the Viennese needed an emissary who could pass through Turkish lines to get a message to the nearby Polish troops. Franz George Kolshitsky, who spoke Turkish and Arabic, took on the assignment disguised in a Turkish uniform. After many perilous close calls, Kolshitsky completed his valiant deed, returning to give the Viennese the news of the Poles’ imminent rescue of their city. On September 13, the Turks were repelled from Vienna, leaving everything they brought: camels, tents, honey, and strange bags of beans which were thought to be camel feed. Kolshitsky, having lived in the Arab world for several years, knew these were bags of coffee. Using the money bestowed on him by the mayor of Vienna for his heroic deed, Kolshitsky bought the Turks’ coffee, opened Central Europe’s first coffee-house (The Blue Bottle), and brought coffee to a grateful Vienna.

Blue Bottle Barista-eye View

319 years later, in Oakland, California, a slightly disaffected freelance musician and coffee lunatic, weary of the grande eggnog latte and the double skim pumpkin-pie macchiato decides to open a roaster for people who are clamoring for the actual taste of freshly roasted coffee. Using a miniscule six-pound batch roaster, he makes an historic vow: “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my customers, so they may enjoy coffee at its peak of flavor. I will only use the finest organic, and pesticide-free, shade-grown beans.” In honor of Kolshitsky’s heroics, he names his business The Blue Bottle Coffee Company, and begins another chapter in the history of superlative coffee.”

In the end, what I came away with from my experience was the sheer simplicity and excellence of the beans. I now boil a pot of water every morning, line my ceramic bonmac filter, and grind the Blue Bottle Beans (My particular favorite varietals and blends are the incomparable Oaxaca Adopta Un Cafetal, the primo Three Africans blend, and the Bella Donovan.) I find that in spite of the price, making my drip coffees at home is significantly cheaper than purchasing the professionally made ones at the Ferry Building. OK, it’s not perfect when I make it, but the essence of the experience washes over me every morning.

Here’s how you can purchase your beans and get them shipped to your door: at this time they do not ship internationally. But soon, very soon, I’m sure. Should your flights bring you to San Francisco (and now Brooklyn!), don’t miss this incredible java experience.

Berry St. Brooklyn
160 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY
M-F 7-7, Sat & Sun 8-7
(718) 387-4160 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (718) 387-4160      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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