Blue Bottle Coffee
If you see a line in San Francisco, it might be for freshly brewed Blue Bottle coffee. While customers wait, the coffee never does. Blue Bottle is the brainchild of self-proclaimed “coffee lunatic” James Freeman, who sells coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster (at the latest) in Oakland, and uses only the finest organic and pesticide-free shade-grown beans. His blends and single-origin beans are roasted for maximum flavor on vintage German roasters dating from the late 1950s. Whether your buzz of choice is from Ethiopia, Mexico, Sumatra, Guatemala or Indonesia, you’ll find meticulous notes on each bean and blend, including preparation recommendations to ensure you’ll have the caffeinated experience you not only dream of, but will gladly wake up to.
The Blue Bottle was the name of the first coffeehouse in Vienna, founded in 1683 by Georg Franz Kolschitzky, who was given coffee as a reward by the emperor for providing information that helped the Austrians defeat the Turks.