Blue Bottle Coffee, a California Favorite, Brews Up a New Shop in the Miami Design District

At Blue Bottle Coffee in the Design District. Photograph by Carolyn Batchelor.
At Blue Bottle Coffee in the Design District. Photograph by Carolyn Batchelor.

If Starbucks is part of your usual coffee routine, you have another new option to fulfill your cravings: Blue Bottle Coffee. The California-based chain now has shops in the Miami Design District and the Aventura Mall; additional locations in South Beach and Coconut Grove are planned for this year. Blue Bottle’s approach is to search for the best specialty beans, keeping its customers and farmers in mind.

A lineup of coffee samples at Blue Bottle in the Design District.

How Blue Bottle is Adapting to Miami Coffee Culture

Surrounded by a number of luxury boutiques, Blue Bottle’s new Design District shop (3818 Northeast First Avenue) offers a visual palate cleanse with its minimalist appeal. Its modern design utilizes high ceilings and a cool industrial aesthetic, which welcomes one to sit and enjoy the ethically sources and hand-roasted coffee. Not to mention, the natural lighting makes it a perfect place to get some work done.

In an effort to not only sell coffee but also be a part of the local community, Blue Bottle is donating a portion of its proceeds in Miami to Lotus House, which supports women and children in need. 

Aida Batlle, who is from El Salvador and is one of the world’s leading growers, visited the Miami store recently to see her beans being put to good use. Guillermo Chavarria, who works with Blue Bottle in Miami, said he joined the company because of way it pays attention to details, just like his father, a former coffee farmer.

Milk...or oat milk? Photograph by Carolyn Batchelor.

A Coffee Shop That Caters to All Tastes

Blue Bottle is quick to please all types, from the casual coffee drinker to the serious aficionado. It also offers a number of unique experiences in a hands-on coffee laboratory. Located in the back of the shop, “the lab” is set up for individuals to explore coffee on a deeper level, with classes ranging from tastings and brewing techniques to latté art. You can buy the well-crafted equipment on site if inspired by the techniques.

Blue Bottle’s Three African blend, served cold-brew style, is a great for combatting Miami’s heat while staying energized. The store even offers oat milk for those looking for a unique milk alternative. Craving something sweet? Try a coffee float with vanilla ice cream.

Every one of Blue Bottle’s drinks are made using state-of-the-art techniques and technology, including a special dripper designed at MIT. The baristas are all experienced in the pour-over method.

The company started in California and is now popping up in some of the world’s most exciting cities, including New York and Tokyo. Be sure to keep an eye out for Blue Bottle’s blue labels throughout Miami, and stay updated on new cafe openings at or through social media.

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