Celebrated American coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee has invaded Japan—opening a 7,000-square-foot roastery that encompasses a cupping room, Loring SmartRoaster, kitchen, and an über-cool coffee bar that has customers lining up around the block.
Founder James Freeman, a freelance musician and coffee fanatic opened Blue Bottle in Oakland, California in 2002. Using a tiny six-pound batch roaster, Freeman’s aim was to start a roaster for others like us, those who would appreciate the taste of freshly roasted coffee.
The name Blue Bottle is actually an homage to Vienna’s first coffee house, Hof zur Blauen Flasche (“House under the Blue Bottle”). This “Blue Bottle” was founded in 1686 by Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki who helped defeat the Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683. The retreating Turkish army left behind sacks of coffee beans which, according to legend, Kulczycki ground up and started serving coffee to the Viennese.Continue Reading "Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi, Tokyo"