First stop on the san fran trip: Blue Bottle. The cafe was an interesting space although all the cool hews of blue and gray kind of give it a chilly, icy feel. There’s an impressive cold-brew toddy machine straight out of some turn of the century mad scientist laboratory.
The baristas were friendly enough with…Matt I think it was…giving me a wonderful explanation of his favorite blend – the Haye’s Valley Espresso – it apparently had a “killer sidamo” that lent some heavy fruit notes.
They were serving the Roman Espresso or did he say Eleventh Story something…anyhoo deep rich mahogany crema, very viscous & buttery. The flavors were tempered in the darker range nothing peaking out in acidity or fruit. It had an even caramel sweetness with a dark underbelly of molasses & hints of tobacco. Yum!
So at the behest of Matt I had to track down a shot of this famed Haye’s Valley blend which was indigenous only to their Kiosk location over on Linden street. (Each location has it’s own tailored espresso blend)
The Kiosk is just that – a hole in the wall, perched proudly between overbearing downtown buildings in a small back alley. A little greenery sprouting out of the sidewalk manages to soften some of the harshness of the city surrounding it. So…the Haye’s, well it was tasty…on the wild side of tasty though. I got a bit a papery sort of ‘off’ flavor I sometimes taste with some Sidamos, a little too dark you lose the fruit, a little to light you get the vegetal papery thing. It was decent but I’d say the Roman won out that day, sorry Matt.
Next up…Ritual 🙂