ECHO PARK — If you thought there were enough places in Echo Park to sip a coffee or a latte, you will soon be proven wrong. The founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, the artisinal coffee maker out of Oakland, told Eater L.A. earlier this year that the company had plans to open a shop in Echo Park as part of its Los Angeles expansion. A Blue Bottle official this week confirmed that the company known for its individually brewed cups of coffee is moving into Echo Park’s historic Jensen’s Recreation Center, where the former Echo Park Coop apparel and accessories store has been leased.
What makes Blue Bottle, which has attracted the attention of coffee aficionados as well as investment from Silicon Valley, so special? The Wall Street Journal, in a 2012 story, explains the Blue Bottle method to making coffee:
Blue Bottle’s concept is slow coffee, an unusual offering in today’s coffee-retail industry. Brewing a cup of Blue Bottle coffee is a laborious process that can take up to five minutes, including the time it takes a barista to grind the beans and pour the grounds into a filter suspended above a cup before water is added on top.
The process takes substantially more time than it does to get a typical cup of coffee from shops like Starbucks, raising questions about how many customers would be willing to wait for a cup of joe from Blue Bottle and whether they can taste the difference.
Blue Bottle recently opened downtown after taking over Handsome Coffee Roasters but it still has not set an opening date for its Echo Park outlet.