Back on the Road at Blue Bottle

OK, OK, so it's been a while.  We just had a marvelous new edition to our family and I haven't been on the road to anyplace (with good coffee) for a couple of months. Well, this week I had the good fortune to visit the Blue Bottle Coffee Roastery and Cafe in Oakland, CA.

Here's a great shot of Tony and JoeEllen (tell me if I butchered your name!) who got Friday morning off to a great start.  Definitely knowledgable of the BB goods and also the others roasting in SF/East Bay. Thanks guys!

This is a swell, modern space in a bit of an industrial area, but just a 10 minute walk from the Oakland convention center.  If I had the time, I would have hung out a bit.  Seems like a great space (poked my head into the roastery) to work but also for events.  Lots glass and plenty of light.

I swung by twice to see what they had going on.  The first was a quick visit in the afternoon for an espresso and a short cup of Bella Donovan.

The second trip was at 7:03 AM right after they opened.  Another shot of the espresso and BD.  Great stuff.  Could not have better unless Led Zeppelin III was playing. Oh, it was, loud. 

Brought home some Chiapas and Bella Donovan.  I like the BD for its nice body, complex flavor and lower acidity.  One of the guys at BB told me it was an Uganda/Sumatra blend but the web site says otherwise.  In any case worth a taste for sure.  The Chiapas was good, but my pal swears he can taste (and see) a little bit of scorching.  I thought it was solid, maybe not stellar, but the Mexican coffee is pretty much done for the year so I was happy to have it.