Blue Bottle, Bushwick

A study in quality control at the Bay Area coffee roaster's new Brooklyn facility

With 35 locations across California, New York and Tokyo, and with nine more hitting the East Coast this year, some coffee fanatics might wonder if Oakland, CA-based Blue Bottle isn’t becoming Starbucks for the hipster generation. As we learned on a recent visit to their new cafe and roasting facility in Bushwick, Brooklyn, scaling up doesn’t mean Blue Bottle’s standards have gone mainstream. In fact, …

CH Omakase 2016: Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground Coffee

Our precisely ground, hermetically sealed, limited release collaboration

We did not suppress our surprise when Blue Bottle Coffee announced the release of Perfectly Ground—a late 2016 debut of precisely ground, hermetically sealed coffee packages. It was an unexpected move from a brand known for immediacy, vibrance and freshness—and it was only possible thanks to developments in professional-grade grinding and packaging. After sampling the coffee envelopes—and constructing our own pour-overs on the fly—we fell …

Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground

The San Francisco-based roaster debuts coffee pre-ground and portioned to brew by the cup

On a sunny day in Los Angeles, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman sits at a table near a window in his bustling, light-filled cafe. Following up on an intriguing invitation to drink coffee together, we sit down and he pulls out a box of white packets that look like they could hold tea bags. He tears one open and offers it up so that we …

Timbuk2 + Blue Bottle’s Sabbatical Travel Kit

Now featuring a digital scale and Japanese enamelware kettle, your to-go coffee just got better

If the recent buyouts of Intelligentsia and Stumptown are any indication, the growing popularity of craft coffee shows no signs of slowing down. While single origin pour-overs are now commonplace in many coffeeshops, sometimes when you’re off the beaten path, your morning cup of coffee is harder to perfect. The Sabbatical Travel Kit from Timbuk2 and Blue Bottle is a full-service craft coffee kit with …

Joey Roth + Blue Bottle Coffee Moka Pot

Reimagining Italy's 81-year-old design for contemporary coffee nerds

As many of us have, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman discovered designer (and CH favorite) Joey Roth through his incredibly attractive Ceramic Speakers, which have long been a staple at Blue Bottle’s Brooklyn and Rockefeller Center locations. As the story goes, Freeman looked up Roth’s portfolio online, stumbling across his years-old moka pot concept. “It was an impractical but interesting looking piece,” explains Roth. Apparently …