Everyone (including us) is always going off about local, local, local. It's a cultural and economic phenomenon that can't be ignored, and in the Bay, we're lucky enough to call everything from fancy Apple devices to yummy Miette pastries "local".
SFMade, a nonprofit with 145 local member small businesses, is taking a different approach to the "shop local" craze. Starting this Saturday, May 21, revel in SFMade Week: seven days of free insider factory tours, a pop-up shop, and a special Off the Grid at McCoppin Square.
Did you know today is National Coffee Day? No? Oh, well, that's probably because it's a totally bogus and utterly made-up thing. Locked & Loaded had initially planned to revisit the Blue Bottle in Dolores Park debate today (which generated some heated commentary two weeks ago). But why stoke up anger on everybody's favorite holiday, on our traditional celebration of National Coffee Day? Instead, it seems like a good day to celebrate how good we have it in the Bay Area.
As far as big-name roasters in San Francisco go, none are bigger than Blue Bottle. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it like gulls to an untended ham sandwich. The company has been on an expansionist tear in the last couple of years. Since 2008, it has opened new locations at Mint Plaza, the Ferry Building, Jack London Square in Oakland and, perhaps most famously, Brooklyn. But for years, there's been one notable part of town where Blue Bottle has been eclipsed by other roasters: The Mission. No more. Thanks to one gorgeous new cafe and restaurant that's just opening, and another coffee cart site on the way, the Mission is about to enter a new blue phase.