My very own cup of Blue Bottle Coffee

by foodhoe on July 5, 2008

Kiosk in Hayes Valley, Cafe at Mint & Jessie, stands at the Ferry Bldg and Berkeley Farmer’s Market | website

I’ll admit that my ear got caught up in all the hoopla surrounding Blue Bottle Coffee, which caused quite a ruckus when it unveiled its $20,000 siphon bar, the only halogen-powered model in the United States. I personally just can’t join the throngs of coffee dedicates and stand in line to worship at this temple of micro-roasted coffee love. The cup-at-a-time drip coffee at times can require a 30 minute wait and costs $3 a cup. According to this article in the Chronicle,

Devotees say the payoff is a truly transcendent cup. It’s as if the beans are singing in a chorus, with every voice distinctly audible.

I guess I feel a little threatened by all of the hoopla surrounding what I consider to be one of life’s simple pleasures….

Me, I like to keep things simple. I am unable to be trained at this point in my life and would like to be able to order just a cup of coffee. I don’t even like to think about what size I want or how it’s been brewed, I just want a cup of it… And of course, good is best. And so I went online to their website and ordered a pound of beans. The site is very informative and has extremely detailed instructions on how best to brew a cup of coffee using the various standard methods of french press, filter brew, mokka pot or espresso. I like that they provide such clear descriptions for bean grinding. This is for the french press:

The grind should be gritty, resembling beach sand: pleasant to walk on, but not too powdery. More Santa Cruz than Carmel.

The instructions continue with recommended water temperature and brewing times. It produced a very good cup of coffee. I like lots of cream in my coffee too…

They ship the beans out within 48 hours of roasting to ensure Freshness. The website states: We take Freshness and small-batch roasting to an extreme not considered practical anywhere else in the coffee business. In the case of mail orders, they ship out less than 8 hours after roasting so that the customer receives it within their 48 hour time frame. I have to say that my kitchen was filled with the most delicious coffee aroma even through the plastic bubble wrap when I brought the mail in.

The cost is $18.75 for a pound of beans, which includes tax and shipping. Pretty pricey, but I feel that I could be pursuaded to continue to order based on the quality – the coffee love is quite apparent in these remarkable beans… and I don’t have to stand in line either.
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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Single Guy Chef July 6, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Foodhoe, I’m tempted to try that halogen siphoned cup of coffee, but I don’t even drink coffee! Still, I might make that my first cup. Why don’t you just buy the coffee beans from Blue Bottle’s stand at the Ferry Building farmers market on Saturday? They sell roasted beans in bags there, and you don’t need to stand in line if you’re just getting the coffee beans. You’ll save on shipping and handling.

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rowena July 7, 2008 at 12:46 am

Me, I just need some caffeine injected into my veins every morning. If I had to stand in line 30 minutes for a cup, I think I’d just collapse right on the floor and go back into a coma. At this point though I will admit to being a coffee snob. It’s Illy or Lavazza…or bust!


foodhoe July 7, 2008 at 7:58 am

single guy, I didn’t know about the buying beans bypass line, very cool – thx for the tip! next time…
rowena, yeah don’t get between me and that first cup. my first experience with Illy was with the old school vacuum packed warning about depressing something first before cracking open the tin that I didn’t see… so of course the can exploded, covering everything in delicious coffee dust!


Lisa July 9, 2008 at 1:41 am

I LOVE Blue Bottle coffee! Great quality 🙂

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Steven Jack November 4, 2008 at 5:07 am

Wow wonderful! It is very nice coffee.
I love coffee because it is good smell & testy.


Mike Tassimo March 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Wow, I had no idea you could buy Blue Bottle online and they would ship it just 8 hours after roasting. That really is being extreme, but it sounds exciting. Definitely going to order a pound now.
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Reina September 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

I love blue bottle coffee! Have been drinking it for 10 years! And have been having it shipped to my home for about the last 6 or 7! I’m so hooked on this amazing coffee! I’m glad it’s becoming more available at other places around the bay area. I’ve also visited their Brooklyn location. It has a very California vibe!


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