On February 6, 2016 I visited Blue Bottle Coffee in the Arts District of Los Angeles. Blue Bottle Coffee has many locations spread out through California ranging from San Francisco to Southern California, but I would have to argue that the location on Mateo Street in the Arts District of Los Angles perfectly captures the culture behind coffee and Los Angeles itself. I have been to this location many times and the thing that stands out the most is the mix of different types of people that come here just to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The people I see at this location range from teenage hipsters to mature business professionals who surprisingly are sometimes working on their laptops or just enjoying the creative feel of the Arts District. The location has a nice modern feel where everything is designed so simplistically it is a nice place to collect your thoughts and let your imagine run wild.
Now that definitely encompasses the culture of Los Angeles and its amazing citizens, however there is another reason people flock to this coffee shop frequently; the answer is that their coffee is @#%& good! Excuse my language, but it is one of the smoothest and most pure cups of coffee I have ever had an based on the mission statement of the founder, James Freeman, it’s no wonder why. His statement is as follows, “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my customers, so they may enjoy coffee at its peak of flavor. I will only use the finest, most delicious and responsibly sourced beans,” and I am glad to know that somebody cares about the quality of coffee so much. While Starbucks and many other large chain coffee shops make drinks that taste sweet and good they all fail to produce a coffee drink that beautifully captures the natural taste of coffee as much as Blue Bottle Coffee.
Just as the culture of Los Angeles seeks to produce and imagine some of the most artistic and creative products in the world, Blue Bottle Coffee captures all of this in their pursuit to brew and roast some of the best coffee Los Angeles has to offer. I would recommend anybody who likes coffee to check out Blue Bottle Coffee and if you don’t want to drive to the shop, they have a great guide on their website for brewing coffee in tons of different unique ways at your house. Lastly, if you don’t like coffee and absolutely despise it I would still highly recommend checking out the Arts District of Los Angeles where they are a tons of coll independent shops and places to eat.