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Business to KnowBen Brewer, Quality Control Director at Blue Bottle Coffee, shares his story of the company's early days and where he loves to eat and drink in Oakland, California as part of the Dirt Road Travels city travel guide for Oakland.

Oakland, California

Blue Bottle Coffee

"We're running off on crazy missions, kind of like these great, weird swash-buckling adventures in coffee."

Recommendations:
Bakesale Betty
The Oakland Produce District
Redwood Regional Park

Blue Bottle Coffee

"We're running off on crazy missions, kind of like these great, weird swash-buckling adventures in coffee."

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Oakland, California

My Story

"I started as a barista in 2008. I was just so grateful to have a job where people were happy to show up and do their work and feel good about it.

There’s a joy in coffee. This element of community where you’re actually doing something with results. You’re brewing, you’re roasting and everyone can kind of gather around and agree upon this thing together. You’re working towards the same goal of making this product as delicious as possible for someone, and it touches a lot of different people along the way.”

What I Love Most About Oakland

"Oakland's got a really vibrant community and Blue Bottle’s made an effort to grow with that community. It’s is where we live. These are our people."

My Oakland Musts

"I'd send someone down to Oakland's Produce District to walk around, or just outside of town, where we're surrounded by these beautiful Redwood Regional Parks. You can head there for some of the best views of the bay. Also, Bakesale Betty is super famous and they make incredible fried chicken."

My Recommended Content

"James Freeman, Blue Bottle's Founder, is really into Wes Anderson movies and that’s pretty apparent when you meet him and go into his office with the way things are stylized.

One of my favorite Wes Anderson movies is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. 

Working with James Freeman is like working on Steve Zissou's boat where you’re just running off on crazy missions, kind of like these great, weird swash-buckling adventures in coffee."
 

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Bakesale Betty
"I just think fried chicken is amazing! The flour, the buttermilk, the crispy coating and all the spices."
-122.26206230000003
37.8370554
The Oakland Produce District
"There’s this crazy, frenetic energy of people yelling and trucks being filled."
-122.27440009999998
37.7967733
Redwood Regional Park
"Head there for some of the best views of the Bay Area."
-122.16609010000002
37.8138747
Blue Bottle Coffee
"We're running off on crazy missions, kind of like these great, weird swash-buckling adventures in coffee."
-122.27386969999998
37.8011925

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