When attempting to keep an adult away from their bottle (of wine), I often find that coffee meetings do the trick. Luckily for those of us who live and work in Silicon Valley, Blue Bottle Coffee has some of the best adult sippy cups on offer if you’re searching for the perfect morning or mid afternoon brew.
Blue Bottle has locations sprinkled throughout the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, but the brand hails from Oakland. Blue Bottle is perhaps most famous for its killer logo, but it also has established a reputation for a historic vow that its founder, James Freeman, made in the early 2000s to shop patrons when it first opened its doors. Blue Bottle’s take is simply that, “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my guests, so they may enjoy coffee at peak flavor. I will only use the finest, most delicious, and responsibly sourced beans,” according to its website.
In the morning (in Silicon Valley speak this might typically mean the hours between 8:00am and 10:00am for sales folks and 11:00am to 1:00pm for engineering types), an army dressed in hoodies and designer denim can often be found spilling out onto University Avenue. Blue Bottle’s Palo Alto outpost is housed inside the historic Varsity Theatre which was revitalized as part of a joint effort between Blue Bottle and HanaHaus.
The location on University offers free wifi along with an ample amount of tables and an outdoor courtyard, so you can enjoy a bit of California sunshine along with your power meetings.
In addition to its wide range of coffee offerings, Blue Bottle also offers an assortment of snacks.
If standing in a long line seems like a bit of a caffeine buzz kill for you, Blue Bottle offers a variety of classes that range from free to $12.00 per person. The Palo Alto location hosts brew and coffee cupping classes on Thursday afternoons. Consider it a life skill you’d be learning at Blue Bottle since obviously coffee is the most important meal of the day.
Blue Bottle Coffee
456 University Ave
Palo Alto, California 94301
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 7:00pm
Phone: (510) 653-3394
Pricing (All in U.S. Dollars or USD): Coffee $2.00 to $5.00 (Prices Vary Depending the Availability of Specialty Beans), Baked Goods $3.00 to $4.00, Warm Freshly Made Meals $4.00 to $12.00