Blue Bottle Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Oakland, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe and Sidamo (also Sidama) growing regions, southern Ethiopia; Uganda.|
|Est. Price:||$17.50/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||February 2014|
Blind Assessment: Very complex; big-bodied. Blueberry, ripe lemon, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon whisky and musk in aroma and cup. Round, quietly resonant acidity; syrupy, gently lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a rich finish.
Notes: Certified organically grown. This popular Blue Bottle blend combines a wet-processed Uganda with a wet-processed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and a dry-processed or "natural" Ethiopia Sidamo. 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. Since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates two roasting locations: one in Oakland, California and another in Brooklyn, New York. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Distinctive but versatile blend (pleasing with whitener or without) with a wide stance: simultaneously displays a lemony brightness, blueberry and chocolate sweetness, and a savory musk.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2014 tasting report: State of the Blend 2014