Paying homage to the great Franz George Kolshitsky, a native of Poland and former interpreter in the Turkish army, Blue Bottle Coffee was named after the hero of 1683. Kolshitsky along with a little
help from Poland) saved Austria from Turkish capture. Well what do you know? Those fleeing Turks left behind bags of beans thought to be camel feed. However, Franz was one smart cookie, having done a stint in the Arabic world.
He knew these were coffee beans so he opened the first coffee cafe and called it The Blue Bottle. Three hundred and ninteen years later, the first Blue Bottle opened in Oakland, California! Now it's come to us right here on Abbot Kinney! So last Saturday after
my morning walk down Abbot Kinney, I stopped in at Blue Bottle for a cup of coffee. It's not just one-two-three and you get your coffee. This excellent coffee takes time. The line's out the door too, but it's really worth the wait. Take a look at the Kees
van der Westen Spirit espresso machine and the custom drip coffee bar while your waiting or sample some of the yummy baked goods. Some of the drinks I've tried here are the New Orleans Coffee ($4) a cold brew with cane sugar and milk. It's bold in flavor
with just the right amount of sweetness. Macchiato is smooth and flavorful, Double Shot Espressos have a nice clean finish, and ($3) Pour Over is deep and delicious. Snickerdoodle Cookies ($1) are soft and doughy and not too sweet. Chocolate cookies
are my favorite, but eat them at your own risk! Baristas are super friendly too. Blue Bottle 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.