Say what you will about the rapid and ongoing
success of Bay Area alumni Blue Bottle Coffee
but it's indisputable that, for the gear-loving tech geeks of coffee, Blue Bottle has always been both a standout and a pioneer in fascinating -- and expensive -- coffee technology.
The Ferry Terminal Plaza location was widely lauded by rabid coffee tech followers everywhere when it opened in 2009, for its usage of a Kees van der Westen Idrocompresso (a three-handled lever machine), the only of its type in the United States.
Customers at the Blue Bottle's flagship Mint Plaza Cafe have always been able to enjoy a crystal clean cup of drip off of the 20,000 dollar Japanese Siphon Bar. Now, those seeking new, exciting ways to enjoy their fresh cup of joe have just one more thing to smile about - Blue Bottle will now be offering, on a limited basis, Nel Drip coffee at their Mint Plaza location.
With origins linked to 1920s Japan, the Nel Dripper ("nel" being short for flannel) produces dripped coffee processed through a flannel dripper. Though the Nel Dripper can be purchased (with darling hand drawn instructions) from Blue Bottle, this aesthetically simple device is a multi-step, notoriously fickle procedure best left to the pros.
When presented correctly though, the Nel Dripper produces a "thick, focused, and incredibly sweet" cup of coffee that'll knock the socks of even the most jaded drip drinker. As James Freeman, owner of Blue Bottle says, "when executed well, the result is, in my opinion, transcendent."
Coffee aficionados can now leave the complicated process to the trained experts of the Mint Plaza and can enjoy a Nel Dripper cup on a limited weekly basis. The silky, smooth drip of the Nel Dripper will be available Friday (8am - 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1 - 3 p.m.) at the Mint Plaza.