Blue Bottle Coffee

Beta Blend

Location: Oakland, California

Origin: Ethiopia; Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2016

Agtron: 58/80

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Richly bittersweet. Caramel, Brazil nut, cedar, blood orange, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Round, low-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Brazil nut and blood orange carry into a drying finish.


Blue Bottle Coffee started as the quintessential boutique coffee business: a micro-roasting operation in Oakland housed inside a space about as large as a suburban walk-in closet and a single retail location in San Francisco. In the years since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates four roasting locations in Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; and Tokyo, Japan. Visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com or call 510-653-3394 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Rich, deep, pungent, with suggestions of blood orange.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2016 tasting report: When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)

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