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At Home with Joe Pugliese and Claressinka Anderson

Jul. 18, 2016 - Story by Blue Bottle Staff

A curator and a photographer, at home with Blue Bottle Coffee in Santa Monica.


For San Francisco, Summer Is a Concept

Jul. 8, 2016 - Story by James Freeman

You probably know what a frappe is, maybe even (gasp) a frappuccino. But if you don't, we came up with our own version a while ago, and I'm happy to share it with you below. Like a perfect peach, it is best enjoyed during summer.


​Updates from Our Port of Mokha Journey

Jun. 30, 2016

Since we launched our Port of Mokha coffee, we’ve witnessed some beautiful moments with our guests and our own staff. For many of us, it’s been a vivid reminder of why we do what we do, a reassuring proof that serving delicious coffee can make a difference in the lives of people we meet in our cafes and the farmers we’ve yet to meet in Yemen.


Blue Bottle Explains: Espresso De-gassing

Jun. 29, 2016 - Story by Stephen James Davidson

Our New York Quality Control Specialist explains how giving fresh espresso beans time to de-gas will help you create a beautiful shot.


How to Brew: Choosing a Brewing Method

Jun. 16, 2016 - Story by Kelly Sanchez

Quality Control Specialist Kelly Sanchez makes sense of five popular brewing methods.


Everything a Green Coffee Buyer Needs to Pack

Jun. 9, 2016

We made our Green Coffee Buyer unpack his travel bag, because we wanted to find out what a coffee buyer takes with him on his trips to more than a dozen countries a year. Here’s what we found.


Retracing the Historic Route 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.


​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.

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