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The two best beverages of the week!

July 31, 2009

There is nothing like the perfect espresso in the morning and afternoon. Just when I thought it could not get any better I discovered Blue Bottle in San Francisco. My friend Karim (also a coffee fanatic) took me to a small alley in Hayes Valley.IMG_0523 There is literally a hole in the wall where Blue Bottle puts out the most amazing 1 oz. of liquid you have EVER tasted. They are so focused on the process they hardly notice you but you don’t mind because you know what is coming. They even fill the porta filter (the handle and cup that holds the ground coffee) a few grains at a time. It takes about ten pulls to fill it vs. two. The result is no air pockets and a perfectly packed porta filter for a perfect draw. The crema is so thick it appears to continue to the bottom of the cup. It is almost like savory syrup. You taste the most powerful flavor of the coffee roast but it is so smooth and balanced you are never feeling that it is too much. Even though it is only an ounce you get to enjoy it for at least ten minutes as the residue glazes your teeth and the after taste sits on your tongue until you decide to wash it away with a sip of water. Karim introduced me to their new location in the very cool Mint Plaza in SF. At this location (much bigger) they do the COLD drip Kyoto style coffee. It takes hours for the water to slowly make its way through the ground coffee. It looks like a chemistry lab for artists! During this slow journey an incredible amount of flavor is leached out. The result is almost like a distillate. It tastes like a refined form of cognac but with all the coffee notes you love. I am going to get one of these. I must! You have to try this if you are in SF or see it somewhere else. I love when a company decides to stay focused and be the absolute best at what they do. Blue Bottle is the best. IMG_0524

The second liquid treat I had was last night. I am kind of a wine snob in that I really like drinking good wine. You do usually get what you pay for. In this case I got way more than I paid for. A $12 bottle of 2008 Punto fina Malbec from Australia. It was loaded with leather, tobacco, and spiced red cherries. Smooth and balanced with enough tannin to let you know you can enjoy some food with it but not so much that you can’t savor it on its own. This tasted like a $20 plus bottle. It was the kind of wine that I keep smelling and swirling non-stop before each sip.

That was a whole lot of pleasure for under $20!! Enjoy!

Eat well, enjoy life, be happy.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bmslou permalink
    July 31, 2009 7:20 pm

    Yea, Coffee of any kind is just something I cannot do. I enjoy tea at times though. Haha. 🙂
    (Omaha, NE.)

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      August 4, 2009 6:48 am

      Hello Lou, There are a lot of great teas out there too! Enjoy!

  2. emma permalink
    July 31, 2009 7:40 pm

    Goodness, I don’t even like Cognac and that was still a marvelous visualization. You definitely need to write a cookbook Jeffrey. I think with vibrant pictures and some glorious descriptions it could even be a wonderful coffee table book people would sit and chat about.

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      August 4, 2009 6:46 am

      thank you emma 🙂

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