In case a West Coaster you know hasn’t already mentioned it, Blue Bottle Coffee opened over the weekend in Georgetown.
The California-based cafe and roaster, which also has locations in Tokyo and New York, is beloved for its fanatical commitment to quality beans and precise brewing methods. Roasters at Blue Bottle obsessively taste test coffee daily to identify “peak flavor”; as a pledge to freshness, all beans are brewed and served within two days of being roasted.
Though Georgetown has no shortage of cool cafes (see: Baked and Wired, Grace Street Coffee, Crumbs & Whiskers), the opening of Blue Bottle brings yet another specialty coffee shop to Washington — joining the ranks of Vigilante Coffee, La Colombe, Qualia Coffee, among others, and boosting the city's overall coffee scene. It also follows Blue Bottle's $20-million investment from venture capitalists in 2012, a move that suggests the market is thirsty for expertly brewed beans.
The new cafe — located at the end of a cobblestone street with an outdoor patio overlooking the C&O Canal — is austerely decorated, wide open and massive enough to do cartwheels in. A huge window floods the space with natural light and makes for primo Instagrams of that cappuccino.
A few light bites and such baked goods as English muffins and oat bars round out a concise drink menu, which includes the regular suspects: espresso, macchiato, cafe latte and a $4.75 cappuccino. Almond milk is available for a dollar surcharge.
A popular drink this summer is likely to be the New Orleans style iced coffee ($4), cold brewed with roasted chicory, cane sugar and whole milk. It’s sweet without being cloying and so creamy it coats your tongue.
This is the company’s first location in D.C., with two more planned for Union Market and District Wharf.
1046 Potomac St. NW. Monday to Friday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Correction: A previous version of this article said coffee is brewed within two days of being ground at Blue Bottle Coffee. It is brewed within two days of being roasted.