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​At Home with Judith Mandel, Quality Control Specialist

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.


​How We Choose Music in Our Cafes

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.


Blue Bottle Explains: Bitterness

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."


​Why Do We Source Single Origins?

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


At Home with Carissa Potter & Leah Rosenberg

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.


How to Brew: AeroPress Edition

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.


​We’re Open at Coachella

Apr. 15, 2016

Did we ever think we would set up shop in the desert for some 200,000 guests? No, not even close.


Blue Bottle Goes to the U.S. Coffee Championships

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.


Solo Travel and the Foods We Love

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.


Is Our Work in Coffee Ever Finished?

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.


​Spring Compendium: Issue 01

Mar. 22, 2016 - Story by James Freeman

Proust, Trident gum, and finding solace in a “dumb” phone


Our Journey to Road-Trip Ready Cold Brew

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.


5 Mistakes You Made Brewing Your Coffee This Morning

Mar. 11, 2016 - Story by Michael Phillips

Mornings are tough. There are no two ways about it.


We're Opening in Culver City

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.”


To a 10-Year-Old Boy, the Future Is Cast in Steel

Feb. 23, 2016 - Story by James Freeman

To a boy hungry for the future, that car was everything—mystery, complexity, elegance, rarity, and urbanity. The car, even in pictures, reeked of promise for the coming years.

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