Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 8.050

Address: 2900 18th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Alabama & Florida Sts., inside Heath Ceramics
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 510.653.3394
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 10/24/2014
First Reviewed: 10/24/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This Blue Bottle Coffee outlet is located inside the garage door of the Heath Ceramics production and retail warehouse. Off to the left is the in-house Blue Bottle retail café, with a decent-sized service counter, a lot of shelf space dedicated to whole bean sales, and a rear shelf of merchandising. To the center is the café seating area, adorned with the warm colors of wooden benches and chairs for seating inbetween the café and Heath's production plant residing behind glass windows. The area is decorated with succulents with tall white ceilings with a lot of exposed pipes. At the service counter they employ a two-group La Marzocco Strada machine. Going off what was expected, they served espresso using their Colombia Las Margaritas Red Bourbon Honey single origin roast instead of their traditional three-bean blends. This gave the cup a bright fruitiness that shown throughout the cup - or disrupted the balance, however you perceive it. The flavor is sharp: mace, cloves, and bright spices. It comes with a mottled medium brown crema and is served with a small glass of sparkling water on the side in a Heath Ceramic cup (of course). While it's a very astringent cup, at least they are experimenting beyond the expected at some of their cafés. Even if we had to deduct a few points for the annoying hipster barista who insisted on calling our shot a "spro".