Wednesday, August 31, 2005

It came from Missouri

Couple of weeks ago, Boychick went back to Kansas City, Missouri to visit with her sister. We missed her desperately at the kiosk, but were quite happy to have her return to our bay area nest with caffeinated offerings from the middle of the country.

Broadway Cafe Espresso
The Broadway Cafe and Roastery in KCMO is doing it's part to destroy the myth that there is no good coffee in the middle of america.

Boychick brought back samples of both their espresso and of their New Guinea.

The NewG didn't hold up in our drippers after days of travel, but the espresso was a different story entirely. There was plenty of head-scratching back at the roaster where shots of the stuff pulled on the lever San Marco were coming out hard and stiff and wildly inconsistent. At the kiosk however, a discovery was made.

But before we get ahead of ourselves... with a freshly cleaned machine, one can expect a certain fluffiness to the crema. This however did not explain the cascading lava of polyphasic colloidal foam streaming from the bottom of the portafilter. The kind that over runs your puny demitasse in a matter of seconds. We hadn't see stuff like that since our adventures with Victrola's Streamline.

And that should have been a clue!

The mystery was solved by an online friend who revealed that the BC&R blend did indeed have one of those creama enhancers. Eureka! The only problem being that we had already blown through half our stash. Determined, we returned to our trusty Linnea in Hayes Valley the next morning to try make it work.

Broadway Cafe Espresso vs. BBCC Hayes Valley Espresso
BC&R Espresso vs. BBCC HV Espresso

And it did. We normally shoot our Blue Bottle Coffee Hayes Valley Espresso to about an ounce and and a half at around 31 seconds at a temp of about 204. (Keep it Secret!) So our early experiments with BC&R were geared toward this formula. When we accidentally made the shot pour over a longer time frame, the resulting shot was drastically different and decidedly better. Super sweet and punchy. Like the good part of a cigar only without the smoke, coughing and bad breath. And the shots looked wonderful! Look!



Broadway Cafe Shot

and then there was the Gibraltar that proved that topped it all off.

First Cup August 23, 2005

And then it was gone. Damn. So if any of you folks over in KC are headed to the bay area soon, bring more coffee, and this time, bring instructions.


Anonymous jessynix said...

hi! i'm jessica, i'm from italy, i love coffee, i think yours look yummy and also i have lived in missouri for a year :-) nice web site! kiss, jessy

1:38 AM  
Blogger afp763389 said...

... :)

3:32 AM  
Blogger melissa said...

Nice photo's. I don't like coffee but on the photo's it looks really lovely :-)

6:31 AM  
Blogger Nigga said...

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6:34 AM  
Blogger Micael Melo said...

hi! i´m Micael, i´m from Brazil (The coffeeland). Nice photos!

6:43 AM  
Blogger g_chaymae said...

hi i'm chaymae i'm moroccan i love coffee mmmmhhhhhh it's very delicious

10:10 AM  
Blogger drbiggles said...

Holy Crab Nuts!

Whodah thinked, KC for good coffee and Oregon for good bacon.

We need someone with a pilot's license, that' what we need.


11:25 AM  
Blogger samadoo42 said...

hi i am samantha i am from worcester i luv coffee and what they did with it is wicked kool!!!!!

1:40 PM  
Blogger dork said...


it's a beautiful thing when a photo of coffee beans makes one drool.

read your post about N'Orleans. yea, they're a fun bunch of coffee drinkers. it's great when one's extended family all live in LA and make you grow up on the stuff.

keep making us drool. =)

4:32 PM  
Blogger Michele's Mumblings said...

I'm not supposed to have caffiene but those pics - I can smell tham! I have been rubbing my nose all over the monitor and the aroma is wonderful!

5:51 PM  
Blogger shaner said...

I like your site. Found it via the dashboard. I'm just up this morning and looking at photo's of coffee is definitely making me drool.



1:33 AM  
Blogger Kaye said...

i'm from the philippines. i am a coffee addict, and so when i saw your blog from my dashboard, i decided to check it out... wow, that coffee looks good! i'll bet it tastes good too...:D keep it up!

2:06 AM  
Blogger kimberly said...

I am in LOVE with your photos...they're incredible!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Laura Yager said...

Your killing me smalls

11:53 AM  
Blogger Mistress Gita said...

I am in memphis and the coffee us

1:50 PM  
Blogger kokuryu said...

...and the 4th photo is simply perfect.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Ray Callahan said...

Make mine a double shot, wet with wheels.
I Love coffee, love your photo's as much. May I use one at our church for a background one Sunday?

2:04 AM  
Blogger nurse pica said...

wow a whole blog about coffee! im a student nurse who relies on coffee during night shift and all i can drink is that crappy instant machine stuff! lol!

4:46 AM  
Blogger cgoyer said...

Originally from near KC but now live in a town on the west coast where there are more coffee bars per capita than anywhere else in the US (about one every block or so). Your coffee shots look better than any coffee I've had in awhile. Great Photos!

9:39 AM  
Blogger AmeriKaKanKare said...

I love coffee. So do my grandparents, my husband, kids and friends. You are doing a good job promoting the grains of gold.

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8:49 PM  
Blogger Mad Munkey said...

I just want to slurp and slurp and slurp some more... and I'm not even a coffee hound. Love it. Love the photos.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous t o n x said...

hi! i'm tonx, i'm from seattle, i really like coffee lots!!! delicious cool photos on this your website I am viewing.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Wildpig said...

Hi gang! Boy, I can't believe something as basic to the American diet as coffee has gotten to be such a big production. But I guess if I had better tastebuds, I'd be waxing poetic about the froth on a cuppa joe too, instead of just sipping my morning decaf Folger's crystals. Ciao! ;)

4:28 PM  
Blogger Dragonlady said...

Okay, now that I'm drooling you have to send me free coffee! lol

5:13 PM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

oh ... sweet mary.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

awesome blog!!!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Vickie, Les, Sydney & Sarah said...

Gorgeous blog. Fantastic photographer...I could drink those pictures! I'm sure I'll check back often.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Swim80 said...

Hey there! Can't get enough of your blog. Wish I could take a flight from Greece and fly over to the BB cafe and indulge in one of these coffees. Keep on posting! GG

5:01 AM  
Blogger Zheke said...

I've heard about your blog, but only now find the opportunity to look over. Very nice photos.

6:34 AM  
Blogger La Pasionaria Selenia said...

Que blog lindo e delicioso!

6:46 AM  
Anonymous jayBo said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know....I live in KC and would be willing to help ya out if need be. Keep bloggin!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous jayBo said...

Sorry, I screwed up. It's

...Guy from KC

4:41 PM  
Blogger notused1000 said...

good blog


5:28 PM  
Blogger violet said...

hey there at blue bottle. congrats on being a featured blog.

im moving out to san francisco in january to go to culinary academy, maybe ill take the trip to oakland and visit you sometime! beautiful pictures.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Ddot the King said...

ummm...ok. Well I'm back so you can all rejoice!

6:08 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

a whole blog about coffee!!!! drooooollll! i am a hard core coffee addict and i love the pics. like someone above me said, i could drink from the photos. i a going to keep checking back. still drooling..........

6:37 AM  
Blogger xxxxxxgonegonegone said...

I just randomly stmbled across your blog, and man I can taste those brews.

Oh the hell of living in the suburbs of a hick town - no espresso within walking distance.

I'll just have to vicariously enjoy yours...

6:52 AM  
Blogger Me said...

its so yummmyy.....

10:19 AM  
Blogger EscRiBiTioNiSt said...

I love drinking coffee, esp strong one.. not too sweet nor creamy... I like the smell of coffee..

Just had one this morning for breakfast..

.. and GOOD MORNING :)

6:04 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Love your photos. I am from Seattle.....the home of Starbucks, but this does not even compare. Visit me at

4:49 AM  
Blogger jmintuck said...

I LOVE COFFEE! Mmmm! I just started a blog on coffee!OMG.I am going to be offering sample links and Starbuck card links.Things like that, so you can load up on coffee.

I looked quickly at your site and , yes, we have 1 thing in common-COFFEE!
Lattes, cappucinos and the whole bit.Coffee.

While you,re at it why not visit my blog for free samples and keep posted by that site as I,ll update lots

9:33 AM  
Blogger slippery_when _wet said...

loved your visuals. LOVE IT ! LOOOOOVE IT !

10:20 AM  
Blogger sonhos sonhados said...

hello Blue Bottle

que bom cafézinho...
parece que vou ter de ir fazer uma visitinha e provar um.

thanks and hearts létinha.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coffee from Dominican Republic is freaking good! you should try that...

10:20 AM  
Blogger Neo said...

Wow, that stuff looks like it will keep you awake for a month straight.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Kyle said...

OMG I'm from Victrola and I think coffee is the neatest!! Usually I just think of coffee as button-pushing and I am TOTALLY ADDICTED to getting way jacked up on CAFFEINE!!! LOL!!! ROFL!!! Seriously tho yer photos make me wanna pee!! LOL!! ROFL!! LFLROF!!!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Rants With a Fist said...

Lovin the coffee blog. I'm from Alaska and while I love fishermen's coffee (same idea as cowboy coffee) and Hills Bros. at my Naanii's house (grandmother) which, is mind you, the only place I like that kind of coffee, I LOVE roasting my own beans. Heritage Coffee in Juneau, Alaska, got me hooked in high school. Cheers!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Coffee...pfttt...i didn't think anyone actually liked coffee and those who said they did were only pretending in an poor attempt to sound more 'executive' than they really were. Tea, now there's a drink you can set your watch by. You can't spell team without spelling tea. I don't really know what i'm talking about here....

1:40 AM  
Blogger Everyday Mommy said...

I'm a KC native. Drat! We've been found out! Trying to keep KC the best kept secret that it is. Am willing to ship to help you out.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Apartment Number One said...

Finally tried your coffee, after getting permission from Eileen at Ritual--she's a friend, ya know, gotta protect alliances. Your beans christened our new KitchenAid burr mill grinder. Yum, yum, yum.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

boychick is a yiddish term of affection for a male, so it's disconcerting for you to use it for a woman, unless you're implying something else.

10:29 AM  
Blogger babols007 said...

i love coffee!!

8:06 PM  
Blogger crallspace said...

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9:53 PM  
Blogger funkysmell said...

Why blue bottle?
Nice blog.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Hustle said...

Why in the world are you so into coffe?

5:47 PM  
Blogger THEonlyGOALIE said...

Coffee is possibly the best stuff in the world. I love just sitting in a chair with a good book and a big steaming cup. Loved reading about the coffee you experienced.

8:41 PM  
Blogger CobaltBlue said...

Oh my goodness. I wish I could go back to Missouri..I miss the place so much. Love your coffee site..I wonder if the coffee houses in New Orleans that you visited are still able to get back to business. I've heard of a few of them. I'm a serious coffee lover and have book marked your site.

8:06 AM  
Blogger CamoBunny said...

Big Brother, where art thou?

Camobunny from the Prickly Pineapple here.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I was really surprised to hear from you. How'd you find me?
Do you track down and destroy those who use your art without giving you proper credit?
Eek! I'm glad I gave you props!

5:10 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

great pics! makes me wanna go out and get one..

8:08 PM  
Anonymous bianca said...

delicious blog! what camera do you use? your photos are amazing...

12:54 AM  
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11:11 AM  
Blogger MentesSueltas said...

Hola, desde Buenos Aires, les recomiendo "".
Espero me hagan llegar sus comentarios.
Muchas Gracias.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Lynber said...

hmm..rather temptingzoal

6:31 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I really enjoy your Blog keep up the good work! I never knew coffee could look so good


9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cripes y'all. Just stand there and slam the stuff and then carry on with your properly adjusted attitude. This whole 'love' thing gives me the willys.

9:46 PM  
Blogger yaohui said...

Great pictures! I love these pictures! Any resources where I can learn how to draw these pictures on top of the foam??

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE your pictures and food: it looks so appetising!! It is very creative and I like your style very much. Someone from Paris, hihi.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

It's good to see the KC area getting a little love. The Broadway Cafe is essentially down the street from me. KC is also home to the Roasterie, an elite roasting operation in my book. Their "Dark Line" roasts are to die for.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

simply, beautiful

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Ozzie said...

this is great! I live in KC and stumbled on your blog from Crooksandliars and what do I see but Broadway cafe featured front and center. I've been going there for years and they have only improved with time especially with the opening of th Roasterrie. Love the pics on your blog too. Broadway cafe has a website if you would want more information on them -

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm crazy about coffee, I've even decided to start my own
coffee business, but I've heard that I need to buy coffee franchises for that.So now I'm saving money for that:) Coffee still is the best!

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