Blue Bottle was started by a freelance musician and coffee lover out of Oakland, California, who made it his mission to open a roaster specifically for people clamoring for the taste of freshly roasted coffee. His vow was this: I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my customers, so they may enjoy coffee at its peak of flavor. I will only use the finest, most delicious and responsibly sourced beans.
Over a decade later, Blue Bottle has evolved into a network of coast-to-coast cafes, wholesale partners, an espresso cart and vintage German coffee roasters. Despite their growth, the company is still united by one common force: getting great coffee into the hands...or mouths, rather...of those who seek it.
As a testament to their greatness, Blue Bottle's Ethiopia Sidama Homacho Weano...damn that's a mouthful... just won the 2015 Good Food Awards.
Though I've never tried it and hope to soon, lately I've been sipping on the Bella Donovan and absolutely love it. The company itself describes it as a "vivid and fairly complex Moka/Java blend." I'd more simply describe as a dark roast packed with a lot of comforting flavor. Either way, it tastes wonderful with or without milk, which is why it's one of their most popular blends.
In addition to the taste of their coffee, some things I love about Blue Bottle are: their sleek branding; the fact that they roast on vintage gear and that their coffee always comes in compostable bags.
Pricey? You can say so. [The Bella Donovan comes at $19 for a 12 oz. bag, with free shipping.] Worth it? Definitely.
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