First time making this…what’s the verdict?
Learn how I made it here.
This isn’t your ordinary cafe. Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, or any other major chain that mass produces and overprices average coffee can’t compare to it. No frou-frou, milk frothed , artificially flavored, or sugary drinks here. Welcome to an artisan place makes coffee for you in its purest and most ideal form.
Nestled on 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, Blue Bottle Coffee (originally from San Francisco) offers top quality coffee from all over the world and uses several different methods to achieve the perfect brew. At this Chelsea HighLine outpost, there are two levels where you can enjoy your coffee. On the main floor, you can order black coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and such made with finest coffee beans, but the BEST place for the ultimate coffee drinking experience is upstairs on the second floor. There’s a full bar that uses a fancy espresso machine, chemex, pour over, nel, and cold drip tools to brew coffee, and most importantly, it features the siphon coffee maker.
So, what is a siphon?
According to the CoffeeGeek, the siphon is “a vacuum coffee maker (that) works on the principle of expansion and contraction of gases - actually one gas, water vapour - is what allows the device to brew a full infusion style of coffee and filter the grounds efficiently, leaving a generally clean, pristine cup.” It’s made of glass and is heated over a gas, electric, stovetop, or cloth-wick alcohol burner.
Ever since I’ve moved back from Japan, I’ve been looking for a place that uses the siphon to make coffee. Thanks to the Coffee Shop Map and Google. I was able to find this neighborhood gem.
The Menu, Ethiopia Nekisse Red Coffee, and a Special Tea Brew as a “non-alcoholic apertif”
Preparing the siphon - all equipment made in and imported from Japan
You’ll enjoy the offerings at the coffee bar above the main seating area, because there’s always something new. Every so often, about two weeks or more, the coffee selections on the menu are changed. This allows you to taste a variety of rich and complex brews in a multitude of ways. Each category presents a brewing method that brings out the best flavors and aromas of the different coffee beans. Here, you can sip your coffee the way you like to — pretentiously or proudly, and in “private.” By “private,” I mean that the area can only sit up to 10 people comfortable. I guess that also makes for intimate and cozy surroundings.
Left: The perfect brew in action | Right: The Result - complex, light, and refreshing flavors of hibiscus, grapefruit, and cherry
Coffee geeks, snobs, lovers, and curious newbies, come forth and gather! Blue Bottle Coffee is your answer to a great cup, flask, mug, or shot of joe.
Pot and glass of Nekisse Red Coffee and glass of water to cleanse the palate
No one on the outside is judging us as harshly as we judge each other, but why does that matter? We come here for one reason. We share a common interest - our love for pristine coffee.
It’s been a while since I’ve visited Doughnut Plant in Chelsea for a sweet breakfast or snack, and I realized that I was missing out on some new, tasty doughnuts!
For Valentine’s Day (since the beginning of the month I’m guessing), Doughnut Plant has created some rose flavored and heart-shaped doughnuts to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Even those who aren’t into the overdose on the whole lovey-dovey theme of February 14th, that doesn’t mean you should deny yourself a wonderfully baked treat.
I didn’t see any rose flavored doughnuts when I dropped by, so I opted for the heart-shaped passionfruit yeast one instead.
The heart-shaped doughnut was perfectly constructed, and I enjoyed the light passionfruit flavor. It wasn’t too sweet or too fruity as passionfruit flavored foods tend to be. The balance was just right. It looks pretty cute too, doesn’t it?
I love both yeast and cake type of doughnuts here, but I’ve got to say that the yeast will always be my favorite. Something about the lightness and airiness of it is probably why I enjoy it so much!
The selection of doughnuts that afternoon
As much as I’d really like to try the rose flavored varieties, especially the doughseed type, I don’t think I”ll be able to make it to the store before Valentine’s Day. Hurry over there, because after tomorrow, the themed doughnuts will sadly be no more. On the brighter side, we can look forward to the new flavors they’ll be debuting for the next holiday - St. Patrick’s Day! Shamrock-shaped or “Lucky Charm” doughnuts, anyone?
There are two Doughnut Plant locations in Manhattan:
Doughnut Plant LES (the original store)
379 Grand St. (between Norfolk and Essex Sts.)
New York, NY
Doughnut Plant Chelsea (at Hotel Chelsea)
220 W 23rd St. (between 7th and 8th Aves.)
New York, NY
Visit their website here: http://doughnutplant.com/