Celebrating the art and science of coffee
Jun. 6, 2016
When we first tried the coffee that Mokhtar Alkhanshali brought us from Yemen, it stopped Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman in his tracks, and we’ve been counting the days until we could share this veritable coffee miracle from Yemen with our guests.
Jun. 3, 2016
Judith is our Quality Control Specialist, which means she’s tasked with tasting, testing, and troubleshooting every single coffee we offer, every single day. You may have seen her in the cupping room at our Oakland roastery, circling around the cupping table.
May. 27, 2016
After all, you can't create a painting without the proper canvas and base, and you can't build a warm, hospitable, community-creating cafe experience without music.
May. 18, 2016 - Story by Michael Phillips
Welcome to Issue 1 of Blue Bottle Explains, your coffee advice column. This month, Director of Training and World Barista Champion, Michael Phillips, tackles "bitterness."
May. 12, 2016 - Story by Charlie Habegger
"Coffee should taste like what it is: a tropical fruit seed, separated and cleaned of the flesh, dried, roasted until caramelized, and then crushed and extracted into water." – Charlie Habegger, Green Coffee Buyer
May. 9, 2016
On a sunny Tuesday morning, printmaker Carissa Potter and painter-baker Leah Rosenberg get together in Carissa’s Oakland kitchen and studio to discuss their creative collaboration This, That, & Hours in the Sun.
Apr. 19, 2016
You can stick with the basics and get a lot of mileage out of your AeroPress, but you can also experiment with tools and techniques for countless variations on your morning cup. Here are three ideas.
Apr. 15, 2016
Did we ever think we would set up shop in the desert for some 200,000 guests? No, not even close.
Apr. 14, 2016 - Story by Michael Phillips
Many shots were pulled, pitchers steamed, and miles traveled by our intrepid Blue Bottle baristas on their journey to the U.S. Coffee Championships.
Apr. 4, 2016
Hedy Macferran, Director of Culinary at Blue Bottle Coffee, shares her travel philosophy, the food she loves, and why she thinks everyone should take time to travel alone.
Mar. 31, 2016
A day ends at the stroke of midnight, but for many of us who labor over creative pursuits, it’s hard to say exactly when a project is finished.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Story by James Freeman
Proust, Trident gum, and finding solace in a “dumb” phone
Mar. 14, 2016
Sometimes, we need to go down roads no one else will. And if you can do it with an iced coffee in hand, even better.
Mar. 11, 2016 - Story by Michael Phillips
Mornings are tough. There are no two ways about it.
Mar. 7, 2016
Our newest cafe lives (somewhat improbably) at the crossroads of LA’s nostalgic automotive history and the contemporary LA metro. But, as Joan Didion said: “You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.”