La La Latte: Blue Bottle Coffee
I want to challenge myself and find the best iced latte you can have in Boston. I'll try iced lattes from any coffee shop except for Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks. I feel like these two chains are used by people for when they desperately need coffee to help them power through the day, but I'm the kind of person who wants to sit in the coffee shop and really enjoy my coffee experience. I'll rank the latte out of 5 by talking about its taste, appearance and price. I like drinking coffee, I've been doing it since I was 17 (lol). So I always try to find new coffee shops to try. Before moving to the US, I wasn't really into iced coffee, but my taste has changed, you can say that I've been heavily influenced by the Boston culture where people drink iced coffee even in the middle of winter (like what?). Important to mention that lately, I've mostly been drinking iced lattes, but this isn't the only kind of coffee I enjoy. I also drink dark roast coffee and cappuccino. Unlike others, I'm not a fan of flavors in my coffee, milk and a bit of sugar will do! I like my coffee a bit bitter. Before I start, for those of you who may not be familiar with what a "latte" is, it's basically a coffee made with espresso and steamed milk. Yummy, right?
Ok, let's do this! First location: Blue Bottle Coffee.
Blue Bottle is a new coffee shop that opened inside the Prudential Center (or the Pru as locals call it). It's a California-based coffee roaster and cafe chain (source). They praise their fresh brewed coffee and that they only serve it when it's at the peak flavor. This all sounds great, and I was really excited to try this place, but my excitement soon turned into disappointment.
First things first: it's pricey! I paid $5 for an iced latte and I wasn't very happy with the size of my coffee, on the menu, it says it's a regular size, but there's no way it is. It's more like a small sized latte. These were my first impressions upon buying/receiving the coffee. Frankly, the process of preparing my latte, was really interesting to watch, they roast the coffee and then they put it in those mugs that have holes in them and the baristas let the coffee drip in glass jugs (see photo above). When it came to tasting, the latte was okay, nothing out of ordinary. The coffee itself did not taste bitter, but I wish it did though. Another thing I noticed when I was drinking it, the taste was if I had more milk than espresso. And due to the size, I had 4 sips and my drink was gone (lol).
Based on my observations, I'll give a score of 3.5 (out of 5) to this iced latte!
Now off to the next coffee shop!
HAVE YOU BEEN TO BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE YET?