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, …

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 …

Interview: Justin Morrison of Sightglass Coffee

We speak with one half of the SF-based coffee bar and roastery about their new video brewing guides

While artisanal coffee roasting has been a subject of conversation for many years now, it’s always exciting to learn about people bringing the quality coffee movement to new levels. And that is exactly what brothers Justin and Jerad Morrison have been doing since 2009, with their San Francisco coffee bar and roastery Sightglass. An impressive production facility and shop in its own right (one that …

Pig Mountain 2013

Live high on the hog at a punk-inspired feast in the Catskills

Pack your bags this month for Narrowsburg, New York and make a weekend out of Pig Mountain‘s annual pig roast on 24 August 2013. This is the event’s third year of pig roasting and it looks to be getting bigger and bigger. There will be a projected 2,500 attendees this year and 14 pigs cooked by 14 New York City chefs. An event that started …

Cool Hunting Video Presents: Superba Coffee

The ultimate in custom coffee roasts from LA's unknown master of the bean

In the first of our videos to air at this year’s 99u conference we took a trip to Torrence, CA just outside of Los Angeles to talk to the folks behind Superba Coffee. Through the boom of independent coffee roasters Superba stands out for their incredible attention to detail—every bean, batch and roast is hand sourced, reviewed and roasted. As a commercial purveyor Superba creates …