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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blue Bottle Opens on Sansome

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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Blue Bottle
is on a tear these past few weeks. Having just opened in the southeast corner of Market Square, it’s taken over a sunny corner spot at 115 Sansome, extending its reach north of Market Street into the Financial District. At 10 a.m. on opening day, there were at least 40 people in there, which suggests that in spite of the all the cafes, San Francisco’s thirst for caffeination remains unquenched.

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It’s a genuinely beautiful spot, a cross between the high-ceilinged Mint Plaza location and the W. C. Morse Building in Oakland. The hand-hewn tile dates to 1912 (except for the filled-in part near the building’s lobby) and while the crown molding its original, it was pushed up to give people even more breathing room. The 2000-square-foot space used to house Cable Car Clothiers from 1946 on, and now it’s full of oatmeal, waffles, sandwiches, and pastries, with seating for 36 and windows through which one may see everything, and baristas with Keith Haring forearm tattoos.

Depending on how much stock one puts in omens, it was surely auspicious that while I was there, sipping my Three Africans drip, a woman got in line in a pink dress that said “NEW SHIT” all over it. This new shit is some hot shit, for sure.

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Blue Bottle Coffee, 115 Sansome St.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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