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 caf�, 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 caf� seating area, adorned with the warm colors of wooden benches and chairs for seating inbetween the caf� 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 caf�s. Even if we had to deduct a few points for the annoying hipster barista who insisted on calling our shot a "spro".