The Horrible True Story Of The World’s Worst Coffee Competition

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A group of skilled baristas from all over the country gather in a tasteful coffee shop in Los Angeles for a coffee competition. They’ve worked hard to get here, hand-crafted their costumes, and fine-tuned the ingredients to make their signature beverages. They’ve trimmed the velvet on their Prince outfits and spent hours buffing the leather […]

Make Your Own Ultra-Stylish DIY Blue Bottle Barista Shoe

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As hundreds line up for Blue Bottle Japan, and the glossy magazine spreads keep coming, all kinds of media attention is hitting our friends & partners Blue Bottle Coffee. One BBJ barista has accidentally started a fashion trend and it’s spreading across the Pacific Ocean, making waves on the LA fashion scene. The DIY Blue Bottle Barista Shoe has been […]

Blue Bottle Acquires Perfect Coffee, Announces Coffee Technology Division

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Blue Bottle Coffee, an international specialty coffee roaster headquartered in Oakland, California, has purchased Perfect Coffee, a Bay Area startup dedicated to advancing coffee preserving and grinding technologies, and the creators of a pre-ground coffee system that—wait for it, here’s a value judgement—does not suck. This marks the third major acquisition for Blue Bottle Coffee in the past 10 […]

Before The Crowds, A Look Inside Blue Bottle’s New Tokyo Roastery

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Though curtains still hide the spacious interior of Blue Bottle Coffee Tokyo from curious passersby, the action inside the company’s soon-to-open flagship Japanese roastery cafe is like a kettle coming to boil. We looked in on the preparations for the cafe’s opening—at Kiyosumi-Shirakawa on Friday February 6th—to get an early glimpse of the coffee experience our friends and […]

Barista Healthcare: How Do Your Favorite Coffee Companies Stack Up?

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After raising $45 million in its latest round of funding, Blue Bottle Coffee is now extending healthcare benefits to its employees’ dependents, and plans to offer retirement benefits as well. When I read that in this piece on Valleywag, it struck me as a positive attempt by Blue Bottle to stand out from the pack, since in our 2013 survey on barista health, we found […]

Holiday Coffee Wish List: The Blue Bottle Moka Pot

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The trusty Moka Pot is a storied piece of coffee equipment that is an integral part of many people’s morning coffee rituals. The iconic Bialetti version is a design classic in its own right, which over the years has been reinterpreted in many beautiful and sometimes frivolous ways. Adding to that rich heritage is a new collaboration between Blue Bottle Coffee […]

Blue Bottle Opens A Futuristic LA Bar in Venice Beach

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Blue Bottle officially opens their first Los Angeles expansion today, on the bright and bustling Abbot Kinney boulevard in Venice Beach, where it will vie for coffee-drinking mouth share alongside folks like Intelligentsia and Tom’s Shoes. The new location is 660-square-foot walk-up space, similar to the company’s iconic Hayes Valley alley location in San Francisco. The facade in […]