Indeed, the Blue Bottle flavor and brand definitely stands out among its competitors as being the most exceptional. Based in Oakland, California, Blue Bottle prides itself on serving quality import roasts, brewed ‘less than 48 hours out of the roaster‘ to ensure absolute freshness. In their various minimalist-styled cafés and kiosks, baristas add a touch of flair to in-house drinks with ‘latte art,’ by strategically pouring cream into a rich, plain cup of coffee to create simple but stately floral motifs. Additionally, at certain locations on select days of the week, patrons can even order a warm, ‘caramelized Belgian waffle’ with their coffee, truly adding to the ‘small cozy café’ aesthetic.
Blue Bottle’s genealogy dates back to the Viennese defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the late 17th century, and the subsequent discovery of green coffee beans and unique filtering methods utilized today. According to legend, Franz Georg Kolschitzky — a young spy to the Viennese army — was allowed to take the unidentifiable coffee beans left behind by the Turks as a reward for his treacherous but vital service to the soldiers. Equipped with these coffee beans and his native knowledge of brewing and filtering, he opened a small café called ‘The Blue Bottle‘ and specialized in serving the new, unusual drink with a ‘spoonful of sugar and honey.’ The sentiment soon gained popularity in town, and Kolschitzky was consequently credited for bringing great coffee to Vienna. (The History of Coffee by Professor Peaberry, 2015)
More than 300 years later, the Blue Bottle of today still boasts a legacy of roasting the most rare and exquisite of blends, perhaps most distinguishable by the knowledgeable coffee drinker. Crowd favorites such as the ‘New Orleans‘ iced coffee blend — a sweet, thick, cold-brew concoction coupled with notes of roasted chicory — are filtered through vintage apparatuses using a ‘pour-over’ method, designed for the specific purpose of creating a strong, aromatic, and flavorful coffee. The coffee is then sweetened with organic cream and natural sugar to maintain the integrity of the beverage.
Despite the intricate process used to brew beverages, Blue Bottle still makes its drinks and brand palatable to both the religious café connoisseur and the casual coffee consumer. In addition to packages of fresh coffee beans, a patron can also purchase thorough brewing guides and beautiful coffee filters, designed with the intention of replicating strong, quality coffee. Furthermore, certain café locations offer free brewing and tasting seminars to the public, thus fulfilling the need to teach and share great coffee with the masses. And through all their evident success, they still maintain a sense of humility and gratitude in their roots.
Much like coffee itself, Blue Bottle is sure to become a favorite acquired taste, especially for San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. The company’s dedication to quality flavor is one that definitely beats the frosty frappuccinos of Seattle any day.