Baristas are trained in specific techniques to produce the best results from beans served within 48 hours of roasting, a time interval that allows for peak flavor. In fact, this is the best attribute to the high-priced, individually prepared drip coffee and espresso.
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It is this espresso, and general freshness of their coffee, that will keep me coming back. As a former barista, I know that coffee is roasted and delivered to most cafés within that 48 hour peak period, but it can, and depending on demand often will, sit on a shelf for up to a week before being served. It is Blue Bottle's dedication to freshness that makes the experience a local favorite and a worthwhile trip for any visiting coffee connoisseur.
The fresh, trendtastic specialty coffee is only the first reason to visit. The Blue Bottle Roastery also imbues other essentials: floor to ceiling windows wrap the café, making all sitting areas prone to long, pleasurable stares into space; the staff is friendly and unpretentious; and the atmosphere is very conducive to sitting and letting great ideas flow as the bustle of the surrounding world fades to a hum.
It is a great place to go alone, a favorite mug from home in hand. And it makes a special treat for out-of-town guests on an early Sunday morning or late weekend afternoon. Blue Bottle isn't just a specialty coffee house but is also a neighborhood establishment, a place to bask in the glory of caffeine, enjoy the view and ultimately share the experience with close friends.