Drinking SF: Blue Bottle Coffee

Hi my name is Gracie and I am a coffee addict.  Every morning I make a large boiling vat of coffee.  I leisurely enjoy one cup while I get ready in the morning and take the rest in my favorite to go mug (shout out to my Contigo Snapseal travel mug).

Every time I go home to the Bay Area one of my must-haves is Blue Bottle Coffee.  While there are a few locations scattered around the city and surrounding Bay Area my two favorites include at my local farmers market (San Rafael Civic Center) or the San Francisco Ferry Building at the Embarcadero.

If you have been reading my previous posts, you will know that last time I was home I went to Hog Island in the Ferry Building, so after shopping around a bit, I could not miss an opportunity to grab a Blue Bottle Coffee.  Usually I just get their drip coffee, which is incredible and rich, but I have been going through a bit of a cortado and macchiato phase so I decided to go for a macchiato.

Now I know what you are thinking, and no a macchiato isn’t like a caramel macchiato you get at Starbucks.  Instead, a Caffe Macchiato is an espresso drink with a small amount of steamed milk, that comes in a small cup.  Unlike a normal espresso they tend to be less strong and bitter (still very strong compared to a latte or capuccino, don’t get me wrong!).  Similar to a macchiato, a cortado is also an espresso drink with a bit of warm milk that often comes in a small glass cup, instead of an espresso mug. Basically the difference between a macchiato and a cortado is that a macchiato is a shot of espresso with a bit of foam spooned on top while a cortado is basically a mini cappucino.

Blue Bottle Macchiato

Macchiato (left) Cortado (right)

When visiting San Francisco or the Bay Area, do not miss out on a delicious, rich coffee from Blue Bottle.  For all of my DC people, there is a tiny place on 15th Street called Bean & Bite that actually serves Blue Bottle and sells grains!

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