Blue Bottle Cafe Opens, Features $20K Siphon Bar Coffee Machine

Blue Bottle Cafe

The new Blue Bottle Cafe opened today in San Francisco’s Mint Plaza, the first full cafe from Blue Bottle Coffee. cheesebikini? points us to a New York Times article about their Lucky Cremas Bonmac 105 siphon bar, a $20,000 Japanese brewing device located at the new cafe.

With its brass-trimmed halogen heating elements, glass globes and bamboo paddles, the new contraption that is to begin making coffee this week at the Blue Bottle Cafe here looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel, a 19th-century vision of the future.

The NYT article features a photo gallery that shows the step-by-step process of how coffee is made using the siphon bar.

Niall Kennedy went to the cafe’s opening this morning and shot a few photos, including some of the Lucky Cremas Bonmac 105 siphon bar.

Lucky Cremas Bonmac 105

Blue Bottle tamper

Blue Bottle Mint Plaza

photos by Peter DaSilva via The New York Times and Niall Kennedy