Hands down the best coffee I've had all year was at Blue Bottle Coffee. I first tried their coffee after an almost half-hour wait at the Ferry Building Marketplace and immediately googled another location nearer the hotel. We found one at the Mint Plaza (two blocks away) and went there for breakfast for three days in a row, in other words, every single day we were in San Francisco.
They open at 7:00 a.m. and start serving breakfast from 8:00 a.m. As always there is a queue snaking out the door but that's the price one has to pay for well-made non-Starbucks coffee. They have all sorts of coffees on their coffee menu - coffees made from a semi-automatic espresso machine, a hand-operated lever espresso machine, individual drip coffee, single-origin siphon coffee, two types of iced coffee: New Orleans style and Tokyo style plus the original Nel drip or Nel pot coffee.
Blue Bottle Cafe is self-serve so after queuing up for your coffee and breakfast order, get a number, take a seat at one of the counter tables and wait. Service is fast so soon after, your breakfast is served. At Blue Bottle, organic coffee and local organic sustainable ingredients are used from the produce to the cleaning products (Ecover) and the staff clearly enjoy what they do.
On the first day, I had the Belgian waffles - freshly made and served with hot organic Shady Farms maple syrup and unsalted whipped butter while A started with the Pecan granola with Clover farms organic milk followed by the Judy's Organic Sonoma farm poached eggs with Acme toast. Everything has an organic pedigree at Blue Bottle and one can really taste the difference. Needless to say we had three perfect cappuccinos to accompany our breakfast.
On another day, perfect cappuccinos again, this time just with the thick cut Acme toast with whipped butter and Mountain Fruit jam. Finally, we had a chance to try their brunch on a Saturday morning. Similar to the breakfast menu with the addition of a soup, a salad, a grilled cheese sandwich and several ways with poached eggs. C had the bacon and leek frittata while I had my usual Acme toast and aside from the usual cappuccinos, we splurged on a siphon pot of the single origin Oaxaca which we had as is, a delicious end to our last day at Blue Bottle Coffee. I'm writing this and I'm already craving a Blue Bottle coffee.
Blue Bottle Coffee
at the Mint Plaza
66 Mint Street
San Francisco CA
*Open daily from 7 to 7 on Mondays to Fridays, 8 to 6 on Saturdays and 8 to 4 on Sundays
*Breakfast Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m
*Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m.