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...]

Now Reading: Tokyo’s Take On Bay Area Coffee

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This feature by first-time contributor Richard Sandlin was developed as part of our Barista Nation LA pitch session. I first met Chataro Mameoh - the combined name of husband & wife duo Taro Matsumura and Meoh Kawabe Matsumura - at the TED conference in February 2013, where I was lucky enough to be a part of the SCAA volunteer coffee service … [Read more...]

Blue Bottle Expands To Venice Beach

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Breaking here on Sprudge.com, Oakland-based roaster / retailer Blue Bottle Coffee are set to open a new Los Angeles outpost, to be located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in LA's technicolor Venice neighborhood. The cafe's specs sit at 650 square feet, and will feature a roll-up garage door similar to Blue Bottle's Hayes Valley kiosk in San … [Read more...]

[Video] Handsome, LAMILL, Blue Bottle…and Ashton Kutcher?

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Subculture Club is "a documentary-style show that takes you on an exploration of lifestyles and communities that are not typically known or experienced by all." In their most recent episode, a team of videoists spent time with the doers and dreamers at three of California's best coffee roasteries: Handsome Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, and … [Read more...]

[Video] Official Trailer For “A Film About Coffee” Released

Filmmaker Brandon Loper has been working on a feature film about specialty coffee. We had the chance to meet Mr. Loper at our Cupping California event at SFMoMA in August, where he shot scenes of guests cupping a table of over forty different coffees from California roasters. The trailer for his film features Ritual Coffee Roaster's Eileen Hassi … [Read more...]

Our Modern World: Blue Bottle $20m Sale and Ensuing Media Bonanza

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A few days ago, pioneering media gossip rag TechCrunch (founded in the early 2000s, sold to AOL in 2010 for $25 million) broke the story that Blue Bottle Coffee had "raised close to 20 million" thanks to investment from the adventure capitalists at True Ventures and Index Ventures. Here's the SEC filing form for you to go over with your lawyer … [Read more...]

Reading Rainbrew: Blue Bottle’s Book Is Now Available

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After months of anticipation, 20-50 verbal inquiries per day at their retail outlets, and one tremendously hunty critical essay from Josh Ozersky, today marks the official release of Blue Bottle Coffee's much-anticipated new book. Titled "The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee", written by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan, and published by … [Read more...]

KQED Forum With San Fran Coffee Barons

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Local San Francisco NPR affiliate recently interviewed the owners of leading cafes in the Bay Area, including James Freeman of Blue Bottle, Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel, and Eileen Hassi of Ritual.  One of our favorite coffee bloggers had this to say about the affair: The radio program played out like your typical coffee innovator/”third … [Read more...]