Stephen Vick and I go way, way back: we’ve been friends for about 11 years. It was wonderful then, that on a visit home to see my parents in Berkeley, Calif., over the holidays, I was able to catch up with Stephen at Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland, where he is the company’s green coffee buyer.
I brought my coffee-loving dad along for the visit, which started with a cupping, then led into a tour of the facilities, then ended up in another cupping. It was a terrific morning. Here are some photos from the visit yesterday. Happy new year, folks!
Big thanks to Stephen and everyone at Blue Bottle for the warm hospitality. I’m more impressed by Blue Bottle than ever!
Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.