The original kiosk location in Hayes Valley.

Steampunk coffee brewing at Blue Bottle's Cafe location (Jan 2008)

Kiosk Location
315 Linden Street
Mon-Fri: 7 - 5
Sat, Sun: 8 - 5
(415) 252-7535
when was the kiosk opened?
Wheelchair accessibility
Cafe Location
66 Mint Street
Mon-Fri: 7 am - 7 pm
Sat: 8 am - 8 pm
Sun: 8 am - 4 pm
(415) 495-3394
Opened 2008-1-23
James Freeman
Cash Only
Wheelchair accessibility
Should be good, according to a kiosk employee

Blue Bottle Coffee Company is a coffee roaster and retailer founded and headquartered in Oakland, California.  The company has since expanded to other area including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Japan. They roast their own beans and donate beans that have been roasted more than 48 hours prior to charity. They make each cup of coffee by hand, which means it's never stale and really tasty.

Photo by Jared Tarbell (March 2007).

Their original location is in the side of an architecture shop and has no seating, save for the small wooden bench outside. The establishment is about 10 by 10 feet, in total, and is more of a kiosk than a full store. For owner James Freeman, Blue Bottle is "all about the coffee" and not "wifi or comfy couches."

On January 23, 2008 their long-awaited Cafe location opened at 66 Mint street NYT story. This cafe packs a $20,000 Japanese siphon bar. Owner Freeman "practiced stirring plain water for months to develop muscle memory before he brewed his first cup of siphon coffee."

They're named after "The Blue Bottle," the first coffeehouse in Vienna, founded in 1683 AD by Franz Kolshitsky. The kiosk location in Hayes Valley opened in 2005, and their roasting shop opened in 2002. They do their roasting in Oakland (1552 Beach Street #R). Coffee beans are available for purchase here, as well.

Blue Bottle has a booth at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in the city and the farmers market in Berkeley.

Beans elsewhere

Cafe Cento sells coffee made with Blue Bottle beans. The Blue Bottle logo is prominently displayed — and larger than their business logo — making many assume they are a Blue Bottle location (photo Niall Kennedy cc-by-nc)

Blue Bottle sells their beans to a bunch of places, most of which actively advertise the fact they use Blue Bottle beans. Because of this advertising, sometimes these businesses are assumed to "be" Blue Bottle locations.

You can get coffee made with Blue Bottle beans at:

More pictures

Blue Bottle's kiosk is a tiny coffee shop in an alleyway. (May 2007).