This morning, before going to work, I stopped for coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee in Hayes Valley. I’d heard that Blue Bottle was coffee to die for, and since I love coffee to die for, well, it had been on my list ever since I heard about it. I arrived around 8:30 am this morning, and there was a line. The shop has no seating…it’s actually located in an alley…and, well, it’s a converted garage.
So, was this the real deal or was it one of those overhyped “finds” that we all love to find. I got in line to find out. There were like a dozen people in front of me, so the wait was appreciably long, causing the anticipation to rise. I bought an iced New Orleans coffee flavored with chicory and an olive oil shortbread cookie.
First the cookie. Delicious. Very lightly flavored with olive oil, so there was but a whisper of an aftertaste. Definitely a 10.
Now, the coffee. Hmm. I like iced lattes. I really do. And this iced coffee while tasty, wasn’t really that special. The chicory gave it a mocha flavor, and I’m not all that moved by mochas. In fact, I like my coffee coffee flavored, thank you very much. Heh. Anyway, the iced coffee was good, and probably would be even more good on a rare, hot day. So, while I’m not ready to give Blue Bottle the heads up, it at least deserves a nervous tick motion of the head to the left. I’ll visit again and try something else before making a final judgement.