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October 19, 2012

Message in a Blue Bottle

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business, City Council, Development — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I caught this article on Inside Scoop on SF Gate about Coffee brewer Blue Bottle.   Now, I can’t say I’ve ever had Blue Bottle coffee — I’m a cheapskate, what can I say, plus I’ve been trying to reduce my daily caffeine intake anyway — but I’ve heard really great things about it.   Anyway, the post mentions Blue Bottle Coffee Company’s recent infusion of almost $20 million from venture capitalists which, according to the post:

…will allow the company to open more cafes and probably a new roastery, though he doesn’t know where.

I thought this was interesting considering the recent release of the Economic Strategy for Alameda Point which suggested that Alameda Point stick to the whole artisan/specialty food production given the existing industries at Alameda Point and Alameda as a whole.

Now, I don’t know if this town is big enough for two coffee roasters, but this older article about Blue Bottle’s foray into the bottled iced coffee business gave me hope that Blue Bottle, at least, knows where Alameda is:

Both are cold-brewed and there is no heat at any point in the process, just like the iced coffees offered at the shops, and use the exact same ingredients. They were brewed at St. George spirits and then bottled and pasteurized near the roastery, so as Freeman puts it, “it’s an Oakland product.”

Forget the fact that the author of the piece neglected to point out that St. George Spirits is in Alameda, but just think about the symbiotic possibilities.   Blue Bottle would fit perfectly within the specialty beverages hangar row, and besides.

Speaking of Alameda Point, Rock Wall Winery has a full time-ish food service, Le Truc, a food truck, is offering food services from noon until 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.   I’ll admit, I didn’t read this as the French pronunciation when I first saw the name, I actually thought it was Vietnamese because both words are Vietnamese, until I saw the menu I thought it was some ethnic Vietnamese food truck.  Here’s the sample menu.

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8 Comments

  1. Lauren St. Georges uses the Blue Bottle coffee in their Firelit liquor its a great way to get your caffine.

    Comment by John P.(L) — October 19, 2012 @ 7:35 am

  2. sorry,, Liqueur.

    Comment by John P.(L) — October 19, 2012 @ 7:36 am

  3. blue bottle has a cafe and tasting room on third and Alice (?) or therabouts just through the tube Best latte youi ever had–we make a special trip occasionally to imbibe

    Comment by Barbara Kahn — October 19, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  4. More recent studies support the benefits of caffeine and/or caffeinated coffee. I would hate to see you switch to meth.

    Comment by vigi — October 19, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  5. Re, the French/Vietnamese Le Truc connection; There’s speculation that Pho was actually invented to satisfy French soldiers cravings for a more refined dish than peasant grub in Vietnam’s northern Nam Dihn province. There’s even a Le Truc street and restaurant in Hanoi.

    Here’s le truc in N Vietnam distributing the morning fix. https://vimeo.com/51792169

    Then there’s coffee, not nearly as refined as Pho:
    “Enough with you d-bag connoisseurs. Beer is for getting drunk, and coffee is for getting as cranked up as you can without risking a felony.” http://www.heavy.com/news/2012/08/death-wish-coffee-is-like-meth-in-the-form-of-beans/

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 19, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  6. Jack your video’s are awesome…….Love the JK Swiftboat last mission and the video JKW would refer to as the “transportation demand management expenditure ” or ” transportation services and mitigations in perpetuity” in looking at other transportation methods outside Alameda.

    Your stuff makes wading thru the Dooooooo Swamp worth it.

    Have a Great Weekend and off to the Funnies.

    Comment by John — October 19, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  7. John, you are the biggest Jack kiss up I have ever seen. Have a good week end.

    Comment by John P.(L) — October 19, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  8. Thanks Johns, you’re both way too generous!

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 19, 2012 @ 10:03 pm


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