Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blue Bottle Cafe

After lunch, Ben took me into San Francisco to see the Olafur Eliasson show at SFMOMA. Then we met up with Azusa at the Blue Bottle Cafe.

Azusa wanted me to go here because I like coffee, and I can be particular about making it. This is the place featured in the $20,000 cup of coffee article in the New York Times. $20,000 is what Blue Bottle paid for the halogen vacuum coffee maker shown here. Azusa, who treated us, paid about 99.93% less than that for our pot of coffee. Not a bad deal.

It was pretty cool watching them make it. It was clear that they had a well thought out protocol. And it was theatrical and such.

The coffee came with a bit of toffee. It was all good. Not $20,000 good, but it was a fine cup of coffee. I'm not the best judge of coffee, and I had (and still have) a cold. But I'd definitely go there for the coffee itself, even without all the gimmicks.

The most valuable thing I learned, though, was that I can't tell the difference between the coffee I make at home with our Bodum vacuum coffee maker (the Santos) and Blue Bottle Cafe's. So if you can't make it out to San Franciso, or Japan, go out and buy a Santos.

Update 8/10/08
Just saw the 1955 French movie Rififi at Film Forum tonight and noticed that in one of the scenes the characters are using the exact same coffee pot as the vacuum one from Blue Bottle Cafe pictured above.

Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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