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Blue Bottle

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4.28(23)

23 ratings
Ratings here are based on aggregated user reviews of individual roasts from Blue Bottle.
5 star
8%
4 star
78%
3 star
13%
2 star
0%
1 star
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Pioneering coffee chain and roaster that has stayed stylish even as it's scaled.

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Blue Bottle is a coffee roaster from San Francisco, CA United States. We have 31 cataloged roasts with 23 total reviews with a score of 4.28.

31 roasts

Name Roast Level Bean Source
- International Blend
Light Honduras
Light Medium Myanmar
- Honduras
Light Medium Rwanda
Light Medium Rwanda
Medium International Blend
- -
Light International Blend
Dark International Blend
Medium African Blend
- International Blend

4.00(1)

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- Colombia
- Costa Rica
Espresso -
- International Blend
- Ethiopia
- Colombia
- International Blend
- Yemen
Espresso -
Decaf International Blend
- International Blend
- Ethiopia
- Vietnam
Espresso -
- Philippines
- -
- International Blend
- Philippines

Top Reviews(23)

  • Victoria S-C

    452 roasts rated, avg score of 4.31

    5.00 - Average

    I give it a five, but I am not sure I could have one more than every 3 months because it is sweet!
    1 month ago · See more from Victoria
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Value

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    5.00 - Quality

    Undated notes from the past. Not clear if still available. Delicious, complex journey of a light roast with bright acidity, citrus, and bergamot.

    Cupping Method:Chemex pourover

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    Notes are that this was very good. Beautiful packaging. Very unique. Floral, fruity. Thats all I got as this was notes from 2018.
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    4.00 - Balance

    A long long time ago, I was a bit Blue Bottle fan. If I ever had chance, I'd try to get some pourover. But then as they scale I felt the quality diminished. It's only over the past 6 months that I've revisted and felt like the quality was better. Yesterday my carbonic maceration Rwanda was great. A hard one to stop drinking. It was interesting but not that easy to drink when hot, with a strong rose and red wine character and a bit hoppy. When cool the real character came out. Very fruity with pineapple, pomegranate, lemon. Could have used one more note in there to balance it out but I thought this was quite good.

    I realized this review sounded a bit like American Pie, so I asked AI to make it into a full-fledged American Pie coffee review. Sorry, it's awful.

    A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that coffee used to make me smile.
    And I knew if I had my chance, Id seek that Blue Bottle stance, and maybe we'd be happy for a while.
    But then they grew, the flavor flew, a bitter brew that left me blue.
    Yet something touched me deep inside, the day the quality died.

    So bye-bye to the bitter coffee lie, drove my taste back to that Blue Bottle supply,
    And them good beans were bringin' me back alive.
    Singing yesterday my Rwanda was a prize,
    Carbonic maceration under open skies,
    With flavors bold that rose up high, and I was captivated by.

    It started hot with hops and rose, a red wine vibe that splendidly shows,
    But wait for it to cool down low, for the true character to gloriously flow.
    Fruity waves of pineapple, pomegranate, lemon zest, oh how they bestow,
    A symphony missing just one note to balance the show.

    I was singing, this here cup's my last refrain,
    Ill cherish each sip, in sunshine or in rain.
    And I was singing, yeah, this is something I'd retain,
    Blue Bottles back, quality regained.

    Cupping Method:Pourover at Blue Bottle in the Prudential Center in Boston.

  • Veronica Fair

    12 roasts rated, avg score of 4.67

    4.50 - Average

    I give it a 4.5. I liked it more on ice.
    1 year ago · See more from Veronica
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Funky but smooth, smooth but funky.

    Id like a touch more acidity but this was very easy to drink. I get strong black tea, orange, and plum, along with a hint of winter spice.

    Cupping Method:At Blue Bottle in The Shed in NYC

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    Definitely strawberry and roses! Earl grey finish. Maybe a bit too floral actually, a note of bright acidity would been perfect at the end of this. A nice cup overall!

    Cupping Method:Pourover at Blue Bottle

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    Super fun and really tasty. Not really an expert on New Orleans style so just followed directions and enjoyed. Great when I get it at Blue Bottle as well.
  • Victoria S-C

    452 roasts rated, avg score of 4.31

    4.50 - Average

    Very nice! Not bitter at all!
    9 months ago · See more from Victoria
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1180 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    A really night winter blend. Bittersweet chocolate is definitely the main note. Its a strong natural sweetness that makes it work. Also get a little bit of spice. Very smooth overall and just enough acidity.

    Cupping Method:At Blue Bottle in Prudential Center Boston

Editor's Overview

Blue Bottle Coffee has earned its reputation for unwavering consistency and quality, and as editors and coffee enthusiasts, we appreciate this commitment. Whether you're craving a latte or a cortado, you can trust that Blue Bottle will deliver a consistently excellent experience. This dedication to high standards sets them apart in a world where coffee quality and barista execution can sometimes be hit or miss.

In addition to their consistency, Blue Bottle pioneered in the specialty coffee industry to embrace oat milk. They didn't just hop on the oat milk trend; they mastered it. The formula and process they've developed for oat milk-based beverages are impressive. It's a testament to their dedication to providing customers with a quality consistent coffee experience.

When we first delved into the world of specialty coffee around 2016, Blue Bottle Coffee was renowned for producing some of the finest single-origin lots. These smaller lot beans were a highlight for coffee enthusiasts looking to explore the diverse flavors of coffee from different regions. Blue Bottle's commitment to sourcing high-quality beans and showcasing their unique flavors was commendable.

However, as Blue Bottle has grown and expanded its reach, it's understandable that its focus has shifted. While they may not be churning out as many single-origin lots as they once did, their evolution as a coffee chain has brought forth a new emphasis. Today, we see Blue Bottle primarily as a go-to spot for those seeking a well-crafted espresso drink or a meticulously prepared pourover.

A Stylish and Inviting Atmosphere

Beyond their exceptional coffee offerings, Blue Bottle's cafes continue to impress with their stylish, modern, and clean design. Visiting one of their cafes is not just about the coffee but also the experience. The inviting atmosphere and friendly baristas passionate about their craft create a space where you relax and enjoy your coffee moment.

Our view of Blue Bottle Coffee has evolved over the years, but our admiration for the brand remains steadfast. While their focus may have shifted from micro lots to perfecting the art of espresso and pourover, Blue Bottle excels in delivering a consistently exceptional coffee experience. We can still recommend Blue Bottle as a great place to enjoy a delicious espresso drink or a well-executed pourover, all within the confines of their stylish and inviting cafes. For those who appreciate quality coffee and a memorable cafe experience, Blue Bottle Coffee remains a top choice in the ever-expanding world of specialty coffee.

-Ted Chan, Managing Editor
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