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Posted Mon May 5, 2008, 4:30pm
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I visited Blue Bottle three times in two days at the end of a trip to SF.  Excellent coffee and espresso.

When they're well-staffed on the weekends, they also serve excellent breakfasts.  I had a wonderful, but simple, waffle with a siphon pot of coffee.  Maybe I'll add a vac pot to my collection at some point - I liked the cup.
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Posted Fri May 9, 2008, 8:55am
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How do you find Ritual at Flora Grubb Gardens? Look for the flag!

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Posted Fri May 9, 2008, 8:58am
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First time I had the new Ritual Sweet Tooth espresso. Very nice sweet and fruity. Tastes more like an SO than a blend to me. I still prefer the Red Flag espresso.

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Posted Fri May 9, 2008, 9:00am
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I had this nice COE #3 made on the Clover. Recently I've been playing with the BB Yemen which has wild flavor, so to have this very clean tasting coffee was quite a contrast. Cute plant, or is that a cactus?

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Posted Tue May 13, 2008, 3:14pm
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So Liz was disappointed with the Blue Bottle siphon Ethiopian coffee. I've also been to Blue Bottle Cafe but haven't tried their siphon coffee yet. Coffeegeek cpl593h was also disappointed with the Ethiopian siphon coffee. Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

There is a nice article about San Francisco coffee houses which also mentions Bottle Coffee Cafe. http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/new-buzz#story_top. In the article is a very interesting quote, "The siphon produces clean, lean coffee, bordering on thin for palates accustomed to the dark roasts that still dominate the Bay Area coffee scene. Drink slowly and concentrate, though, and you’ll sense the complexities emerge: blueberry, honey, grapefruit, clove. Sometimes you taste them; sometimes they’re just descriptions on the menu. The power of suggestion is prevalent in coffee. But as with wine, once you feel you know the good stuff, you can’t turn back". The power of suggestion statement is interesting but IMO it might only be true for people who are just not used to tasting fine coffee. Anyway, currently I now know from 4+ different sources that the siphon bar coffee is a bit disappointing.
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Posted Thu May 15, 2008, 12:16am
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shanghai7 Said:

how cool would it be to see a Ritual-esque place in Marin!

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It's not Marin but Ritual is opening a coffee house inside Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

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I was in Napa last Saturday May 10 and took some pics of the construction.

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Posted Thu May 15, 2008, 12:30am
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shanghai7 Said:

Totally forgot about Flying Goat!  That place is great - Healdsburg is always a little farther away than I think, but that place is worth it.

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I've been going to Flying Goat for years. I was at the Healsburg location last Sunday and had this nice Ticino espresso with chocolate and complex flavors. Flying Goat uses a Robur to grind for straight shots.

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Posted Thu May 15, 2008, 12:38am
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Just 50 yards from Flying Goat in Healdsburg is a frozen yogurt shop that also makes espresso drinks. They use beans from Flying Goat to pull shots. Large sign in store says that shots are pulled as ristretto. Nice looking espresso equipment. Ordered a ristretto. Was grind to order. Result; a 2oz espresso that was a sink shot. That happens sometimes.

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Posted Thu May 15, 2008, 12:45am
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Last Sunday May 11 I also made it to the Santa Rosa Flying Goat coffee house. I had this double espresso made with the Ticino blend. Some complexity but not too interesting. Flying Goat is not very consistent in pulling good shots.

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Posted Thu May 15, 2008, 12:49am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Both Flying Goat Coffee and Ecco Caffè do a great job in Sonoma Co.

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On monday May 12 I had this ristretto at Centro coffee kiosk at Sawyers News in Santa Rosa. Shot was pulled with Ecco Northern Italian Roast beans. Nice shot with nutty and complex flavors.

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