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I love Blue Bottle Coffee, although I'm not always tolerant enough to stand in the line. But what's this drink they call a gibraltar? Does anyone know? Thanks!

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  1. A gibraltar is a super-short latte, or maybe a cross between a latte and a cappuccino. They serve them at both Blue Bottle and Ritual -- they're great if you like some milk with your espresso but not a ton. Here's a picture: http://bluebottlecoffee.blogspot.com/...

    I seem to remember someone saying that the name had something to do with the glass they're served in, but I'm not sure about that.

    1. Thanks, that's what I thought it looked like. And, now that you mention it I seem to remember somebody saying that same thing about the glass.

      1. If you go to the Ferry Plaza farmer's market, there's a miniature Blue Bottle stand that just serves coffee and usually has less of a line because it's slightly hidden and doesn't let people dither while deciding they want a half pound of one type of beans, a drip coffee, and a last minute something or other.

        The stand is on the west (street) side of the building, perhaps half way between the middle of the building and the southern end of the building. It's under the overhang behind some market vendors.

        1. Just to confirm, the drink is named after the glass it's served in. You can find them at most any restaurant supply spot.

          1. Caffe Trieste serves a drink called an Africano which is similar- a double shot of espresso with steamed milk in a small glass cup. My guess is it was introduced by the Algerians who work there. Gibraltar is right across the water from North Africa so could be that is where the name came from.

            1. The Blue Bottle Gibralter is superior to the Cafe Trieste Africano. If you don't want to wait in line .. in Berkely Gorilla Cafe on Shattuck sells a Blue Bottle Africano.

              1. I can't stand the line either - which is why i buy the beans. If you're just buying beans you can always cut to the front of the line.

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                1. re: Lynda Vuong

                  Bumping this thread because I came across it while trying to find out if they are available anywhere in Vancouver after becoming enamoured of the BBCC version at their Linden Street outpost. The barista there told me it was a cross between an espresso and machiatto. However you define it, I call it damn good.