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JimWright
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Posted Sat Apr 4, 2009, 7:13am
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Huzzah!  A place to get coffee while walking the Embarcadero now...  If only the Cowgirl Creamery would start selling the Strauss Barista Milk at retail I'd end up there weekly.
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Posted Sat Apr 4, 2009, 3:25pm
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Actually, they sell the Silva for this same price over at the cafe as well. They have quite a bit of really nice gear at the cafe, but all marked up. They have the Ponte Vecchio Lusso for about $1100 and some fancy Japanese gear like the pour over kettle, 2 cup hario siphon and a cold coffee brewer, like a mini version of their gigantic "still."  I guess the latter equipment all has to be imported so the markup is not too far fetched, but I think they are definitely shooting for a wide margin.  I think the main thing is that it's a good place to actually see this equipment up close since there aren't too many places that sell this equipment around here that you can see in person.
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Posted Sat Apr 4, 2009, 3:39pm
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I just paid a visit to the Ferry Building today -- that rockin' lever machine is a Kees van der Westen Idrocompresso Triplette, with naked portafilters! And their primary grinder is either a Mazzer Royal or Robur with electronic dosing. The biggest grinder I've ever laid eyes on! As I expected, the lines were long for both the Triplette and the Marzocco -- even then, you would not have noticed any drop in business at their outdoor Farmers Market kiosks! I'd say they're doing all right!

As for the quality of the Retrofit espresso from the lever, the complexity was better than I expected -- it may have to do with the barista. It was certainly comparable to my best shots on the Lusso, and noticeably better in the volume & crema. The division of labor seemed to be with the guy doing most of the shot-pulling (he's closer to the grinders), and the woman taking the orders & doing most of the milk-steaming & pouring.

 
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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 6:51pm
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I was at the Ferry Building on Saturday morning when thereís also a very nice farmers market going on outside. Inside the building lots of people were standing in line at the Blue Bottle lever espresso machine location.

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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 6:51pm
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Around the corner is the Blue Bottle LM machine where the line was a bit shorter. Some customers ahead of me ordered macchiatos, which had very pretty latte art. So I also decided to order a macchiato but then a cute hot chick from Australia standing behind me started to chat coffee talk with the male Blue Bottle barista, and suddenly I became invisible. I thought, oh no, Iím going to get screwed. And I was. I got this ugly no latte art macchiato. Tasted pretty good though. They sell these 2.75oz cups for $27.50. A cappuccino cup and saucer runs $40.25. Ouch!

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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 6:52pm
Subject: Re: I'm getting reports of BB opening -in- the Ferry Building SF
 

I also got this Gibraltar, which is a subject of controversy nowadays. Click Here (theshot.coffeeratings.com) James told me that the Gibraltar glass is about 4.5 oz and a few years ago they were too small to use for cupping so the baristas used them to practice making cappuccinos.

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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 6:52pm
Subject: Re: I'm getting reports of BB opening -in- the Ferry Building SF
 

This third Blue Bottle stand at the Ferry Building farmers market was still pretty busy.

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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 6:53pm
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The fourth Blue Bottle stand at the Ferry Building farmers market had no line when I was there at 1pm. But they did have about ten people waiting for their coffee drinks.

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Posted Sun Apr 12, 2009, 7:52pm
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I do love these espresso reports! Those heath ceramics glasses look totally impractical, but oh how I covet one :)
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Posted Thu Apr 23, 2009, 9:53pm
Subject: Re: I'm getting reports of BB opening -in- the Ferry Building SF
 

I would probably wait at least a couple weeks for them to get their sea legs. Right now there seems to be some inconsistency in the drinks.
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