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    • Original Blue Bottle Coffee shop is located in Hayes Valley, San Francisco at 315 Linden Street. It is a tiny dead-end street hidden from tourists and full of murals and graffiti. Yet, for locals, it is a daily destination for a morning coffee hit or an afternoon pick up.

      Back when I used to live in Hayes Valley in the early 2010s, I too performed this morning ritual by strolling there for a cup of cappuccino and a double chocolate cookie.

    • I forgot baristas’ names, but they were always friendly and kind to me. I haven’t been there in years, but I still recognize some of them. I clearly remember the barista in the photo and he smiled at me. I’d like to think he recognized me after all these years. 

    • The Blue Bottle Menu board got some new additions, but my favorites: New Orleans Iced Coffee and Drip Coffee are still there. 

    • The visual selection of desserts is still plentiful. Although my favorite double chocolate cookie was sold out.

    • I ordered both of my favorites coffees just to see if they are as good as I remembered them. The Drip Coffee and Iced New Orleans Coffee with a unique chicory taste.


    • I also picked up a bag of Single Origin Blue Bottle coffee beans. They are long gone now, and I miss them a lot.

    • Next to the shop is a small sit down area to enjoy the coffee. The walls are covered in art murals I haven’t seen before.

    • This Blue Bottle shop is still exactly how I remembered it. So if you are visiting San Francisco and want to experience the real original coffee shop, this is it. Newer, fancier shops don’t have the same vibe since in 2017, Blue Bottle sold its majority stake to Nestle to expand globally and compete with giants like Starbucks.

    • Stories like this fascinate me!! The founder, James Freeman, was a professional clarinet player and this was his side hustle. He sold coffee from a cart in Oakland in 2002, three years before opening the SF kiosk you photographed. In the meantime his model was to deliver coffee to people's homes from the back of his Peugeot wagon.

      The philosophy was never roast in bigger than 6-pound batches and never sell coffee more than 48 hours after roasting.

      You would like the design aesthetic: negative space. Nothing to distract, like patterns or upholstery. The clarinet player raised $120 in venture capital before selling to Nestle. They must have been selling a lot of coffee.