Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 8.000

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 151 3rd Street., 5th Floor
Cross Street(s): In SFMOMA's Rooftop Garden, btwn Mission & Howard Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94013
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 510.653.3394
Hours: F-W 11am-5pm; Th 11am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 02/05/2012
First Reviewed: 02/05/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This Blue Bottle Coffee outlet is located inside the SFMOMA museum on the 5th Floor Rooftop Garden. It's a rather elite affair given the open space and the artwork surrounding it. There's seating among the large modern sculptures on concrete floors and benches, but there are also white metal café tables for seating. They use Mazzer and Astoria grinders, offer Bonmac filters for single origin drip, and (quite unusual for Blue Bottle) a three-group Mirage Irsocompresso Triplette with manual levers. They pull espresso shots with a medium brown crema and darker brown spots. It's served quite short for a doppio, but it's the right amount of potent: very well balanced, broad flavor profile of herbs, pungency, and some tobacco and honey. They use a special SFMOMA blend of five different beans, and it is a true blend - almost something of a rarity in the U.S. It's one of the best homogenized examples of a blend that Blue Bottle offers, so hopefully they will make it more widely available. Served in a Heath ceramics demitasse with a side of sparkling water. [CLOSED: as of 2013 for SF MoMA's planned massive expansion for 2016.]