"The best coffee I've had in the US" is what one customer told us recently after finishing his meal with a shot of our Blue Bottle espresso. The customer was part of a larger group of foreigners that were in town on business with the university.
I totally agree, so I'll tell you the story about how we were lucky enough to partner with Blue Bottle and why their coffee is so special.
I remember vividly how I was blown away by an espresso I was served at a gelato shop in Coral Gables, Florida several years ago (the shop no longer exists). It was thick, smooth and chocolatey- it was mind-blowing. It was an Italian coffee (Danesi) from Rome. Years later I was searching for a coffee partner for Tucos- I knew I wanted something as mind-blowing as that espresso I had been served in Florida. There was a little shop at the Ferry Building (Frog Hollow) that served me a similarly mind-blowing coffee that was from a start-up, local roaster called Blue Bottle (Frog Hollow no longer serves Blue Bottle). I called James Freeman, the owner, and scheduled a visit. I brought him a can of that Italian Danesi that I had fallen in love with and he knew exactly what I was looking for- Blue Bottle's Roman Blend- fudgy thick, smooth, and wonderfully chocolately- it's even more delicious than the Danesi I remember.
So what's Blue Bottle's secret? Like a great chef, James has it in his blood. He sees, tastes, smells, roasts, and blends coffee beans in ways that only a few people on this planet can. He goes for over-the-top in flavor and texture. He believes that coffee should taste like coffee and not charcoal so he roasts them to medium roast. He also believes that coffee, like any other food, is best when it's fresh- freshly roasted, freshly ground, freshly made. The proof is in the cup. Come check it out for yourself at Tucos- it's the best coffee you'll have in the US.