Monday, July 12, 2010

Organic Coffee to the Rescue

We arrived in San Fran at the early hour of 6am.  It was very early and technically like 3am Hawaii time.  Needless to say, coffee was a necessity that morning.  The concierge at our hotel (The Intercontinental Hotel) suggested that we take a walk on over to the Blue Bottle Cafe while we waited for our room to be ready for us.  (The staff at this hotel totally rocked!  They got us into our room by 9am even though the check-in time was at 3pm.  We were so thankful to be able to sleep for a few hours before heading out the rest of the day.  If you are ever in the SF area check them out.  Their rates were reasonable and the restaurant within the hotel, Luce, was phenomenal!  But more on that later...)

Just a little background info:  The Blue Bottle Cafe is known for their unique siphon bar, imported from Japan, and their impact, or lack there of, on our environment.   They only use organic products.  That means organic coffee, dairy, sugar, pastries, breakfast items, you name it.  Right on down to compostable packaging and take-out containers.  Now that is fabulosity! 

We were tired, dazed, confused, and hungry, so of course we got lost and ended up walking straight into the Tenderloin.  Fun times!  Lol...but seriously once you start seeing multiple adult video stores and a plethora of bums, you've reached the Tenderloin and should promptly escort yourself out before you get mugged.  We turned around right away and noticed that we only missed the cafe by a block.  Thank goodness!

Street view from the Blue Bottle Cafe.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a line that was almost out the door.  Being the great team that we are, I quickly found a place to sit and my hubby got in line with everyone else.  Obviously these people took their coffee seriously and I didn't want to be the person that disrupted the routine! 

It was so crowded that we sat at the bar top near the door.

Despite the already crowded room, more and more people piled themselves into the small coffee shop.  With this many people the coffee must be good, right?  Indeed it was.  We ordered two lattes and one Parmesan and fennel seed pastry to share.  It was heaven, pure heaven!  The coffee was the tastiest coffee that I have ever had and that pastry...let's just say if I didn't have to share I wouldn't have.  They even pour the foam in your latte a certain way to make a fern pattern in your cup!  (I wish that I took a picture of that.)  I'm sorry for all you Starbucks lovers out there, but Blue Bottle Cafe blew them out of the water hands down.

Breakfast is served!

Their windows had the best lighting (Must have been the early morning light that I usually miss because I'm sleeping!), so my hubby was feeling artistic.

I had to get in on the action as well.  He can't be allowed to be creative all by himself!

Hopefully a Blue Bottle Cafe will come to Hawaii, but until then hit them up when you head over to the mainland.  It is well worth the wait in line and even getting a little lost.

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