I had an amazing coffee experience today in Blue Bottle Coffee, San Francisco.
First up, the barista measures out some water to the milligram into a beaker, then puts it on a stand over a heating element.
He then measures out the right weight in beans, and picks through them with his fingers to make sure they’re all perfect. Then he finely grinds them.
The water boils through a filter into an upper chamber. Once it’s all boiled through, the ground coffee is added.
The barista stands and watches it, stirring occasionally and turning the heat down while it brews. It’s a fast extraction – about 90 seconds.
After a timer says it’s ready, the barista removes the equipment from the heat, and the coffee filters back down into the lower beaker.
Despite the busyness of this popular café, my barista finds me to serve my coffee. He tells me about the flavours, the process, the beans, and asks if I have any questions.
The drink itself was exceptional, almost like French Press, but with the nuance and character you might expect from a good wine.
A++. Would recommend.