Blue Bottle

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Blue Bottle
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Blue Bottle Cafe

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
Address: 66 Mint St
San Francisco

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.
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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.  

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I was thrilled to see Blue Bottle being offered in the Castro at the EUREKA! cafe.... nice to get a cup near home