I finally managed to stop by the new Blue Bottle Cafe last week. I decided to order the coffee from their $20,000 siphon machine. Now, I am the kind of person who is confused by people who pay three bucks a day for their Starbucks. Even if I liked their coffee (which I don’t), I just make my Blue Bottle at home in five minutes and it’s amazing.
So why would I suggest that everyone go out and spend $6 for coffee? Because it will change your life. The first word that comes to mind is clarity. The coffee came out perfectly balanced and crisp, but creamy tasting on your tongue. Very low acidity. Normally I can’t drink coffee in the afternoon, and in fact I was only planning on drinking a little of this, but I finished the whole thing. I got the shakes a bit from all the caffeine, but otherwise felt fine. So it’s not really for every day–more like the chocolate souffle of coffee.
I’m not going to even try to describe the process–follow the link above for a photo journey through it. Next time, though, I plan to try the Kyoto-style iced coffee, mostly because the aparatus they use to make it is almost as fun to watch as the siphon.