No longer limited to a few hours at the farmer’s market and a Hayes Valley alley, Blue Bottle has opened a beautiful new cafe downtown (at Mint and Jesse streets if you can find them). White walls, fantastic coffee, and small black glasses abound. While my affinity for Ritual Roasters is no secret (especially with my new–and not yet comfortable–rocker/girl mullet haircut), this may be the best indoor place to spend a calm SF afternoon.
The New York Times accurately described the new shop’s machines as looking like something out of an alchemist’s lab. But the description of the new coffeemakers’ work as “kaleidoscopic” seems a bit over the top–maybe evidence of SF smugness, which is regrettable (but not shocking enough to make you fall off of a designer chair while e-mailing Digg.com links and enjoying an expensive espresso).