San Francisco - SoMa: Blue Bottle Coffee - Kyoto-style Iced Cofee
To produce one pot of Kyoto-style iced coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee drips room-temperature water over coffee grounds for eight hours using a Japanese slow dripper. This brewing technique produces a delicate, refined, fragrant cold-brewed concentrated coffee that is diluted over ice.
The Blue Bottle Coffee Mint Plaza Café, at 66 Mint Street, opened in January 2008 in the rear of the 1912 Provident Loan Building. In addition to the Kyoto-style iced coffee aparatus, the café, Blue Bottle's first, features a first of its kind in the United States five-light siphon bar featuring a weekly changing menu of three single origin coffees, a one-group San Marco lever machine, and a three-group La Marzocco Linea used for the 17 ft. Ceiling espresso blend. The café features breakfast, brunch and lunch menus as well as desserts made at the Blue Bottle Kitchen in Oakland.
Named after The Blue Bottle, Central Europe's first coffee house opened in 1683 in Vienna by Franz George Kolshitsky, Blue Bottle Coffee was started by James Freeman in 2001. He would roast his own coffee beans in a 186-square-foot shed adjacent to his Oakland apartment and brew fresh coffee at farmers' markets around the Bay Area. As his business grew, he expanded his roastery and built a commercial baking kitchen that is run by his wife, Caitlin Williams Freeman. In 2005, he opened a permanent kiosk in Hayes Valley and in 2009 expanded with a full fledged café in the Ferry Building and a smaller café in the San Franciscco Museum of Modern Art. In 2010, Blue Bottle expanded to New York with a café in Williamsburg.