God, I wish so hard there was a Blue Bottle in our neighborhood! When we were temporarily displaced in Williamsburg due to Sandy, I indulged my caffeine fix at the Blue Bottle on Berry Street any chance I got. I never quite understood the hoopla around cold brewed coffee and then I *got it* after the first sip of their Kyoto brew - smooth, with no trace of bitterness, it became my new $4.25 obsession.
Then I met their olive oil rosemary shortbread, which just blew my mind. You know I love me my shortbread and this savory version quickly had me thinking of all the crisp white wines it could play well with. Blue Bottle's pastry list isn't long, but every item is focused on quality flavor without going overboard on sweet. I also love that they include latte art on all their drinks, to stay or to go. ;)
If you're lucky enough to live near a Blue Bottle, go enjoy a beautiful cup this Monday morning and chat it up with all the super friendly and talented baristas. Incidentally, it looks all New York City locations are donating 100% of today's sales to Hurricane Sandy relief. Otherwise, settle for brewing your own at home (psst, you hear that Blue Bottle? Think you need to come to the LES next - PLEASE!). Here's to a good week. :)
Blue Bottle Coffee - Williamsburg
160 Berry Street, between N. 4th and N. 5th Streets
Blue Bottle Williamsburg's Yelp page