For the past few years, Blue Bottle coffee has probably fueled the bodies and brains of many of you, their pour overs and rocket-like iced coffee not just getting you through the day, but actually making you feel like a good human. For all that, you can thank James Freeman, who founded Blue Bottle in a little shed next to his apartment in Oakland. Today, they have cafés in SF, NY, LA, and Japan, and sell their caffeinated goods all over the world.
James' commitment to the best, freshest coffee is obviously a sign that he knows what's good. Below, James shares some of his favorite restaurants in SF, as well as all his favorite peeps to follow on social media.
James' "Perfect For" Picks
State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St) - "Conveniently located a few blocks from my flat, my wife and I have been going there since their first day. Caitlin made a map for them (hung in one of their bathrooms) which we delightfully dined on for a couple of months. It is wonderful seeing the success of friends who deserve it. Is there a German word for the opposite of schadenfreude?"
Classic SF Establishment
Nopa (560 Divisadero St.) - "Nopa is the new SF classic. Conveniently located a few blocks from our flat (in the opposite direction from State Bird), I've been going there since their first day of business. Easy, lovely hospitality. Being a regular at Nopa is a great feeling."
Coffee & A Light Bite
Blue Bottle (66 Mint Plaza) - "Is it small minded to mention a Blue Bottle? Blue Bottle Mint Plaza has the widest array of brewing methods in our company as well as a small, well sourced food menu. Poached eggs on toast and a siphon coffee is a classic breakfast in my opinion."
Café Jacqueline (1454 Grant Ave.) - "Café Jacqueline in North Beach has soufflés. Other things, too. But to have a lime soufflé for the first time at Café Jacqueline is to know absolute, shattering regret at having lived your entire life up to that point without eating it before that moment."
4505 Burgers & BBQ (705 Divisadero St.) - "Once 4505 opened on Divisadero, we've been eating a lot more barbecue. I like eating on their patio, even though it usually implies wearing several layers because it is dog friendly and we often bump into friends and neighbors. It makes San Francisco seem like a small town. Which it is, of course, but it doesn't always seem that way."
James' Twitter People
@joshua_redman - Coffee geek, saxophone nerd and brilliant artist.
@alaindebotton - Aphorisms just true enough to be infuriating.
@svick - How I know what country the Blue Bottle green coffee buyer is in today.
@alexismadrigal - Super smart journalist and dad grappling with the limits of his profession.
James' Instagram People
@a_curry - Blue Bottle barista in Tokyo, a brilliant photographer
@tartinebaker - Chad is everywhere bread (and canellés) are made
@akaviz - The guy who does our flowers at Blue Bottle Japan
@gooddogplaycare - So I can see pictures of my Gordon Setter puppy when I'm traveling
@reneredzepinoma - So much curiosity and enthusiasm is an inspiration