I stumbled into Blue Bottle right by Bryant Park pretty early in the morning – slightly jetlagged and definitely in need for caffeine.
The menu for hand-drip options is compact and had 3 roasts to choose from:
Very unlike in Korea, there was an obvious level of discomfort/scepticism with me taking pictures in the store – but they’ll get over it, I’m sure. Or maybe it was just too early in the day.
Preparation was focused on efficiency. Quick pour, doing a few things on the side, get the cup out quickly. The tools were there, but I don’t think scale or timer were actually used.
The coffee was ok with a light almond note, and it kept me awake, too. But it wasn’t spectacular.
Bluebottle obviously has countless outlets around the world by now, which reduces the appeal a little and unfortunately it is nothing really special; but it is still a better option than Le Pain Quotidien or others, for sure.