Coffee Review: Blue Bottle Coffee – Hayes Valley Espresso

Hayes Valley Espresso

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  • Smoky aroma
  • Fruity flavor
  • Nice body/mouthfeel
  • Rich crema
  • Forgiving/not hard to dial in


  • Not a memorable aftertaste
  • Bitter notes at higher temperatures

If there were ever an espresso blend for beginners to get their hands dirty with, this would be the one.

The Hayes Valley espresso blend is named after Blue Bottle’s alleyway location in the super trendy and overly gentrified San Francisco neighborhood, Hayes Valley.

This is actually the only Blue Bottle location I’ve ever visited, and I’m pretty sure this is the blend they most-frequently make espresso with, but this is merely speculation.

About the Blend

Although Blue Bottle doesn’t go into too much detail about the beans used in this blend, their website notes that the beans come from Guatemala, Congo, and Brazil. Obviously, this isn’t very specific, but what can ya do?

Blue Bottle states that this is one of their darker espressos with minimal brightness and lots of chocolate in the tasting notes.

As you will see in my video review though, I experienced the opposite. I tasted fruit more than chocolate, indicating more brightness than the blend is given credit for.

This is a pretty versatile espresso blend though, so you will likely experience something different with ever shot you pull, assuming you are switching your parameters up from shot to shot.

Video Review

Brew Parameters

  • 20 grams of coffee
  • Grind setting #13 with #4 setting on inner burr for Breville Smart Grinder Pro
  • 205˚F water
  • 30 gram final shot weight

Equipment Used

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  • Thanks for the review. I’ve been trying Blue Bottle Coffee’s offerings for some time now. My go-to favorites are Opascope Espresso and Beta Blend. I’ve tried many of their beans. Currently brewing Burundi Kayanza Heza.

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