Blue Bottle. Giant Steps. The big dogs. This is the company that got Mike’s juices flowing and what compelled him to drag me back into pursuing a business in the Specialty Coffee world. Just when I thought I was out forever and that Orange Cactus would be an idea relegated to the dream world alone, he made some Blue Bottle for me and drug me back in. Blue Bottle will do that to you. This coffee will change you. Shortly after trying their Bella Donovan blend at Mike’s house, I set up my own monthly subscription. I went with a rotating blend every month, but quickly settled on Giant Steps as my go-to coffee after having tried their Mixtape blend and being very disappointed in it. From ordering to consumption, Giant Steps form Blue Bottle does not disappoint.
The Packaging. Blue Bottle is pretty much the Apple of coffee. Their designs are very minimalist and simple. Their coffee comes in a shipping box with their logo and some other printing, that doesn’t dazzle but communicates clearly what’s inside. The box is held closed by the shipping label only. No tape to mess and fight with. When you open it, a card about the coffee greets you. The coffee bag itself is white with their logo printed on it. There’s a sticker on the bag that tells you what kind of coffee it is, and what the roast date was. The bag fits perfectly inside the box.
The Coffee. Giant Steps is one of my favorites. Blue Bottle claims it’s a good, one-dimensional blend of Ugandan and Sumatran coffees that holds up well to cream. I agree. They give flavor notes of viscous, fudgy, and substantial. Viscous means a thick, sticky consistency between a liquid and a solid. And substantial means considerable, or essential. I get what they’re trying to communicate, but just don’t see how those are flavor notes. I agree the coffee is substantial and goes great with cream and sugar. That’s why we like to drink it. Fudgy, the only real flavor note that actually communicate flavor, isn’t even a word. But I think you get it. It’s a traditional cup of coffee that will satisfy a wide range of people.
The Conclusion. I’ve never served Giant Steps to anyone who didn’t think it was good. It’s the ultimate ‘tastes like it smells’ cup that I serve to company. Ordering some is easy, setting up an account and subscription on Blue Bottle’s site is easy, and everything has a very professional feel about it. From ordering to consumption, you really feel like this is the way coffee is supposed to be. But, Blue Bottle is also, kind of the ultimate coffee snob. I don’t think they would take offense to that statement, as their take on coffee is very specific and limited. They don’t do a whole bunch of things to try and please the entire coffee world. But Giant Steps is a blend that comes very close to pleasing everybody.