Blue Bottle Coffee is easily the most well-known coffee in San Francisco. However, the company originally started in Oakland and later grew with the help of a $20 million venture capital infusion.
I recently went to the 300 Webster St location in Oakland, CA. It is right inside the hipster Jack London area – one of the areas in Oakland that is both safe and cool.
Blue Bottle has a number of locations including the San Francisco Ferry Building and at Mint Plaza in downtown SF. The location at 300 Webster is rather small, but has a number of sunny outside seats. The area is 'industrial chic' and pretty calm at least on a weekend day.
The baristas struck me as more friendly and with a little less attitude than what you may be used to in San Francisco.
The New Orleans iced coffee is the most popular drink here, but I opted for my second favorite – a simple espresso double macchiato which was done to perfection. Blue Bottle coffee tends to be more sour and has less of a bite than other espressos. Blue Bottle espresso is much softer and you almost do not need any milk to tone it down.
Unfortunately, there is no way to inspect the coffee roasting facilities at this location – something I'd love to tour one day.
The big outdoor blue bottle fits very well into the neighborhood as this is a great stylish location. If you are in Oakland, a visit is a must!