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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Timeless Design and Modern Appeal of Heath Ceramics

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The timeless, iconic vessels of Heath Ceramics have held all manner of American food and drink since the company was founded in 1948. Today, their fine ceramics are experiencing something of a resurgence in popularity, especially amongst the high-end food and coffee crowd. It could be argued that Blue Bottle Coffee helped start the trend by using … [Read more...]

Nuova Simonelli’s New Espresso Gear Coming To NYC, KCMO, Oakland, and Seattle

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The Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro grinder and Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine launched at HOST last October in Milan. After a busy launch event at the London Coffee Festival, these cutting edge coffee machines are finally starting to land in the US, starting Tuesday, April 22nd with an event at the Counter Culture Coffee … [Read more...]

We Talk Funding, Expansion, And Japan With Blue Bottle Founder James Freeman

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It's been a huge year so far for our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee. From securing a new round of investment valued at 25.75 million dollars, to opening new cafes in Oakland and Brooklyn, to being called "The New Apple" by Slate, Blue Bottle is perched at a major moment in their company's history. That moment now extends to Japan, as … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle Coffee Confirms Tokyo Expansion

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Blue Bottle Coffee Founder & CEO James Freeman has confirmed that Blue Bottle have inked a lease on a coffee bar and roastery in Tokyo. The space is located in the Kiyosumi area, near the iconic Kiyosumi Gardens and the Kiyosumi-shirakawa Tokyo Metro station. Its street address is 1-4-8, Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo. This information comes from our … [Read more...]

Inside Blue Bottle’s Brand New Brooklyn Cafe

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Blue Bottle Coffee soft-opened its fifth New York City coffee shop this weekend in Brooklyn—and with it, brought a little sunshine. The box-sized cafe on Dean Street just off of Smith sits in the heart of the bustling, baby-booming Boerum Hill, an upscale neighborhood desperately underserved by great coffee. (Nearby, esteemed Bien Cuit bakery … [Read more...]

First Look: Inside Blue Bottle’s New Oakland Cafe At The W.C. Morse Building

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While our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee put the finishing touches on their latest and largest café, in the W.C. Morse Building in Oakland, I managed to sneak in to take a few pictures and talk briefly to George Hart, the company’s West Coast Store Development Manager. The new café was still papered up when I first visited, final … [Read more...]

West Side Story: New York Sees A Coffee Shop Epidemic West Of 9th Avenue

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What is the far west side of Manhattan, truly? Is it where the richest live and die? Or where the gallery cruisers, the park-starved, the pre-theatre and post-foodies go to play? Until recently, it was not a place for lovers of coffee. But times, they have a-changed. We've chronicled some of our favorite and most noteworthy spots within hoofing … [Read more...]

Sick Stereo Setups at San Francisco Cafes

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The Bay Area takes a lot of pride in its abundance of gorgeous, interesting, and quality-focused coffee shops. The scene here is relatively longstanding and established - all the way back to the Peet's days in the late 60s - and by now, pretty much any style of cafe you can imagine has been tried at least once in either San Francisco or Oakland. … [Read more...]

This Blue Bottle Cafe Is Constructed Out Of Legos

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The above image is a familiar scene for those who live in the Bay Area. It's Blue Bottle Coffee's Mint Plaza cafe, the only Blue Bottle in SF with a fully realized food menu. This gorgeous space - open, airy, tall ceilings and all - has been captured artfully in the medium of Lego. Glegh! Blue Bottle blogs: This makes us … [Read more...]

Holy Foodies, Batman! Blue Bottle Opens In Gotham West Market

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The corner of West 45th street and 11th Avenue would not have been my first choice for the next NYC hipster food spot, but wait for it. Actually, don't even wait: tomorrow morning (November 20th) at 7am, the doors will open at the Gotham West Market, a reasonably sized, thoughtfully curated food market that brings together a handful of local and … [Read more...]

A New Episode Of Alex Littlejohn’s Coffee Uncut Podcast

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A brand new episode of Coffee Uncut is now available! This episode is produced and directed by Alexandra Littlejohn, and presented to you today in partnership with Sprudge Omnimedia, a division of Dolcepump LLC. In this episode, Alexandra Littlejohn interviews Blue Bottle Coffee Communications Manager Byard Duncan and talks all things social … [Read more...]

Alpha Dominche Steampunk’d The Blue Bottle HQ

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Sprudge.com was in attendance as the rolling Alpha Dominche road show stopped by Blue Bottle HQ on Monday, November 11th, to show off what has got to be one of the fanciest coffee carts in the world. The evening's highlight? A custom Steampunk counter in the Blue Bottle public cupping room in Jack London Square. Walter and Isaac Bombeck from AD … [Read more...]

Alpha Dominche’s Epic Steampunk West Coast Tour

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There's a bit of a tour afoot next week down the West Coast of the United States, put on by our friends and partners at Alpha Dominche and Mahlkonig. Dubbed "Punks On The Run", Alpha Dominche teams up with some of finest West Coast roasters to throw events and some of the best coffee bars in PST. The folks at Alpha Dominche will be showcasing … [Read more...]