If San Francisco has an artisan coffee “grounds” zero, it is undoubtedly Blue Bottle. What started as a kiosk in a Hayes Valley alleyway has grown into outlets all around town, with its own café on Mint Plaza, as well as a walk-up stand in the Ferry Plaza Marketplace. The downtown café tempers caffeine highs with light fare for breakfast and lunch (frittatas, soups, salads, sandwiches). The main draw, though, is single-origin small-batch and ridiculously fresh coffee, with nothing more than 48 hours out of the roaster. The fascinatingly complicated coffee-making equipment is part of the appeal: A five-light siphon bar is the first of its kind in the United States; the beakers and flasks that drip Kyoto-style iced-coffee are something out of a mad scientist's lab. Order a Gibraltar (you have to ask; it's not on the menu)—the perfect blend of espresso and foam served in a short glass.
|Venue name:||Blue Bottle||Contact:|
66 Mint St
|Cross street:||between Jessie Mission Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am–7pm|
|Transport:||BART & Metro to Powell/streetcar F/bus 5, 14, 27 & Market Street routes.|
Average User Rating
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A friend of mine recommended it. A bit hidden from the main streets it is a real gem. Best coffee I had in my week in CA - and the wafel - yum - plus very excellent service. Nice an friendly - applies to the vibe in general
The Best. Blue Bottle is so unique and addicting. Having used only Peets for years, switched to Blue Bottle a few years ago. I can't say enough about it except that it is very addicting. And in the East Bay we have little access to buying Blue Bottle. So I stock up when I can.
I was thrilled to see Blue Bottle being offered in the Castro at the EUREKA! cafe.... nice to get a cup near home