You haven't had a coffee until you've had a Blue Bottle Coffee. The little blue sign of the San Francisco coffee roaster became my salvation during my visit to the city. There are many different locations (and I tried out a fair few of them) and then there are also a number of cafes in the area that use their beans, but this is mainly about the Ferry Building location. Housed inside the gorgeous Ferry Building in the busy marketplace there is often a line for Blue Bottle Coffee. They do a few snacky-type things (think biscuits, Gruyère and butter or ham and goat's cheese rolls, yoghurt and fruit with granola for a full list click here) but they are mainly about coffee.
They offer a lot more than just your typical shot of espresso in your latte, but that's what I mainly stuck to because I'm a creature of habit and almost don't feel like enough of a connoisseur to try the drip coffees or other exciting things on offer. The coffee varieties and the methods used to make it vary from location to location, for example they have a siphon bar at some of their locales. At the Ferry Building however, this is what's on offer.
They use Clover Organic Milk in all of their milk coffees, and they make a pretty good New Orleans iced if that's your thing.
They have some merchandise available to purchase and I think I'm going to regret not getting the tote bag that you can see in one of the photos. It would be like a secret souvenir, and remind me of the good caffeinated times I had in San Francisco, without being a tacky 'I love S.F.' item.
There aren't any seats in the main area where you line up but there are a few to the left of the coffee machine and around the corner there are some that are reserved for Blue Bottle customers, or you can always head outside and drink your delicious warm beverage as you look out over the bay, which is nice even if the weather is a bit windy.
Blue Bottle has become my go-to place for coffee because even though some are better than others, which is always going to happen with coffee, I've never had a bad one yet. In New York they have a few locations, one in the Rockefeller Centre and it's always nice to sip your coffee and pretend you're Liz Lemon.
Blue Bottle opened inside the Ferry Building in April of 2009, after having a stall at the Farmer's Markets outside for a while. Blue Bottle the company came about after a man who was tired of rubbish, and overly sweetened, seasonal-flavoured coffees decided to open, 'a roaster for people who are clamoring for the actual taste of freshly roasted coffee', and that name too has historical significance.
This gent also made a vow (if you thought of the Chaning Tatum movie when you read that, I'm putting you in the sin-bin), to 'only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my customers, so they may enjoy coffee at its peak of flavor. I will only use the finest organic, and pesticide-free, shade-grown beans.'
This passion for good coffee flows into the different layouts at each location and the different methods that they are constantly trying to extract the best flavour out of the bean. They use innovative, state of the art technology, some of it which they designed themselves, to keep that consistency of flavour and quality high for their discerning clientèle. Some people might think it's a little wanky but I'd prefer to call it passion, and when the coffee is this good I can forgive them almost anything.