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Coffee City

Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

March 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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When will Seattle roasters join the coffee rush to NYC?

Posted by Melissa Allison

BlueBottle.jpegNow that Portland-based Stumptown is roasting coffee in Red Hook and serving it in Manhattan, and Blue Bottle Coffee of San Francisco is getting ready to roast and brew in Williamsburg, doesn't it seem like time for Seattle to represent in the Big Apple?

The city is definitely open to West Coast coffee. New York magazine ran a profile of Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson last year with the headline "The Messiah Hails from Portland."

And today's New York Daily News says, "The anticipation for Blue Bottle was only matched in New York by the excitement surrounding the opening of Stumptown, which imported much of its tattooed staff from its other cafes -- not surprising, since each barista has to go through rigorous training."

Blue Bottle is known for the pour-over, which is essentially hot water hand poured over coffee grounds in a ceramic filter, but involves more technique than it might seem and can produce a great cup of coffee. People have used them on camping trips for ages, and they're a growing trend at upscale coffeehouses.

Thanks to coffee obsessive James Rodewald for the photo from the soon-to-open Blue Bottle in Williamsburg. It's a 1970s La San Marco Leva that will be used for single-origin espressos -- another trend that's developing as coffee drinkers get in closer touch with their beans and the people who grow them.

Any ideas about who from Seattle will be the first to roast in New York?

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