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Blue Bottle Coffee founder to give talk in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Nov 1, 2016
Ever wanted to have a cup of coffee with James Freeman, founder of Bay Area third-wave coffee darling Blue Bottle? Now's your chance (sort of).

Freeman will be coming to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto this Thursday, Nov. 3, for a talk. The audience will get free Blue Bottle coffee and pastries.


Blue Bottle Coffee serves espresso, pour-over and siphon coffee and New Orleans iced coffee, among other drinks. The beans are ground fresh for every drink. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Elaine Johnson, senior food editor at Sunset magazine, will moderate the conversation.

Freeman was a San Francisco-based freelance clarinetist before he opened the first Blue Bottle in 2002 in a humble location: a former potting shed in Oakland.

Today, there are more than 25 Blue Bottle cafes in the Bay Area (including downtown Palo Alto), Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo. The Palo Alto Blue Bottle is located in the historic Varsity Theatre building on University Avenue last spring. It shares space with SAP’s tech-hub and community workspace HanaHaus.


From left, Matt Chung, Kyu Kim and Hanna Joo chat inside the cafe area of HanaHaus during a private opening and ribbon-cutting event on March 17, 2015. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Thursday's talk will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for JCC members. Purchase at the door or $25.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to paloaltojcc.org.

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