Housed on Berry St. in North Williamsburg, Blue Bottle Coffee was inspired by a Viennese coffee shop called Blue Bottle. Founder James Freeman is a firm believer in the best coffee prepared the best way. “[He] will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to [his] customers, so they may enjoy coffee at its peak of flavor. [He] will only use the finest, most delicious and responsibly sourced beans.”
Freeman opened the first Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland, California, and now the coffee store has become a franchise with over ten locations on both coasts.
During the summertime, the lines for coffee are out the door. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. patrons can enjoy fresh air and sunshine while remaining indoors because at the Berry St. location a garage-like door stays open during business hours.
Designed to be both modern and environmentally friendly, the wood finishes and clean lines give a nice backdrop to patrons sipping coffees and snacking on s'mores or shortbread cookies. Customers sit on backless, tall barstools that aren't comfortable enough to keep you there too long, but still allow you to post up while drinking an espresso.
Sure, New York city and Brooklyn are filled with great coffee shops, but what makes Blue Bottle Coffee unique? One menu item stands out particularly- The New Orleans Iced Coffee. This iced coffee sells for $3.50 a cup, but New Orleans iced kits are available as well for $18.00. The secret to this cold brew is the French roasted chicory.
If you choose to buy a New Orleans iced kit it will not only include the particular portion of chicory to make your drink thick and delicious, but it also comes with 1 lb. of Blue Bottle coffee beans and the directions to make the drink at your home. In addition to chicory, pure cane sugar and whole milk are added to the 18-hour cold brew coffee to give you both an energy kick and something to ease your sweet craving.
The brewers and cashiers are friendly, certainly caffeinated and don't leave you waiting in a line for long. Hampton's chef, Ina Garten (also known as the Barefoot Contessa) swears by Blue Bottle Coffee and uses it in recipes on her television show and in her cookbooks. Walk, bike or skip over to Blue Bottle Coffee and test out this perfect summer brain juice.