Well, it’s taken us two months to get through our three bags of Blue Bottle Coffee, and we are ready for more! After sampling Yemen, Giant Steps, and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, we are going back to take more Giant Steps towards coffee nirvana. The Blue Bottle site describes Giant Steps as “[a] blend of Sumatran and Ugandan organic coffees that is quite dark and chocolaty…If it were any heavier-bodied, you could pour it on pancakes.” Yeah, coffee pancakes. That stuff is goooood!

We thoroughly enjoyed all of them in turn, but this is the one that totally surprised us with its cocoa-like depths and silky weightiness on the tongue. I never sipped a coffee that had a mouthfeel before, but this one definitely does.

Since we ran out of Blue Bottle a week ago, we’ve been back to brewing our old standby: Kona from Trader Joe’s. Yeah. It’s just not the same — once considered the most robust blend we had on our shelf, now it’s weak and thin. And I’m sad. However, happiness is ahead, because right before posting, I reordered online and in a few days the Giant Steps beans will be roasted, our bag filled, and that bag leaping to our apartment where it will go straight into our grinder and thence to our mouths.

I can say with conviction that this is definitely going to become a regular thing for us and in that case, I’m going to have to think seriously about subscribing. That’s when they will put us on their regular route and we’ll reap the roasted benefits of discounts.

Blue Bottle Coffee Redux: One Giant Step for Coffeekind 7 April,2005Stephanie Lucianovic


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

Follow her on Twitter at @grubreport

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