Quit gulping your Starbucks trenta — the real coffee revolution has just hit Brooklyn in the form of Bay-area cult java joint Blue Bottle Coffee, and it’s taking a seriously sci-fi approach to your morning wake-up call.
Entering Blue Bottle, which opened in Williamsburg last Wednesday, you can’t help but notice flashy technology: five three-foot-tall glass orbs, reminiscent of a science experiment, that ever so slowly brew iced coffee over a 12-hour cycle.
Other show stoppers include two “pour over” bars, where drip coffee is made one cup at a time by slowly pouring hot water from a Japanese kettle over finely ground beans, and in-house roasting equipment visible from the coffee bar.
This is not the latest place to grab an afternoon pick-me-up and hack away on your laptop — with no seats, no WiFi, and no fussy baked goods, Blue Bottle is coffee for the Platonic connoisseur.
Head roaster Thomas Doyle defended the lack of chairs — it’s all about encouraging community interaction, he said.
James Freeman, the mad coffee scientist of sorts behind Blue Bottle, added that he opened in Williamsburg because of the feel of the place.
“Williamsburg is a magical place,” he said. “We just fell in love with Brooklyn, the sense of community here.”
It’s a serious coffee experience to be sure, but then again, this is seriously good coffee.
Blue Bottle Coffee [160 Berry St. at N. Fifth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 534-5488].