My goodness, do I have a coffee shop for you.
One must board the L train and trek through a sea of red flannel shirts before arriving at this Mecca, but such a journey will only make your first sip that much more incredible.
Blue Bottle is located in the heart of New York City hipster-land — Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Below the surface of this quite “anti-trendy,” trendy neighborhood is a real Brooklyn ‘hood, steeped in a rich history of olde New York. I can’t help but love the vibe of this neighborhood. Step inside an old garage, and into a Willy Wonka factory for coffee. I swooned, really.
Clean and crisp steel, white walls, Chemex coffee brewers lined up like beakers in a laboratory. All coffee served has been roasted less than 48 hours ago, no questions asked. Coffee by the cup is dripped to order — a barista mans the station, using the pour-over method which is by no means speedy, but by all means an extraordinarily rich cup (sans bitterness.) They use a ceramic dripper, made especially for them, that requires a fresh filter and fresh grounds per cup, as well as manually pouring the boiling water over the grounds. It slowly extracts the coffee, drip by drip, with a delicious, full flavor. I highly recommend this brewing method, as it allows you to truly taste all of the dynamic notes in the coffee. One can buy it on their website here: bonmac ceramic dripper.
Beyond drip coffee, I may have found…dare I say…the best cappuccino in New York (?). My quest has just begun, but damn, this cappuccino is good. Perfect creamy milk, smooth rich espresso. I can’t even say much else, except go get one for yourself. It will enhance your life…plus, I saw a band member from TV on the Radio there, if that gets you going.