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Friday with Alice

—Coffee at Blue Bottle's W.C. Morse Café—

Story by Cory Maryott February 19th, 2015

Catching up over coffee

A lot of time had passed since I hung out with Alice, and after receiving a message from her over Facebook, I suggested we grab coffee at Blue Bottle’s W.C. Morse café and catch up. Alice had never been, and I thought she would appreciate the sleek and elegant design of the interior, as well as the coffee’s taste and presentation.

Alice and I met at UC Berkeley, as we were both active in the design and photography club, Innovative Design. Alice was later my student in the introductory photography class I taught on campus, so she’s someone I would have the pleasure of seeing multiple times a week. After I graduated, I began to spend most my time in San Francisco and in cafes in Berkeley, so a catch up was in order.
Alice is quiet, but very friendly. She has great amount of talent in design and photography, and is currently studying business administration at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. On top of that, she has a great sense for fashion, and despite balancing a very busy schedule, Alice never skips a beat in her elegant outfits.

BLUE bottle Coffee @ W.c. Morse

In a way, Alice and Blue Bottle’s W.C. Morse Cafe are a perfect match. Both are quiet in their presentation, but have an air of impeccable elegance and sophistication about them. The cafe’s interior is brightly lit, and combines original architectural features with sleek modern accents. High ceilings, large windows, and light walls, matched with wood and marble accents make this a perfect location to relax, have a cup of coffee and catch up with an old friend.

The baristas are all incredibly friendly and welcoming
The cafe has new floral arrangements every week. Each is an incredibly elegant and modern display.
Blue Bottle also offers a nice selection of snacks to compliment your coffee
Alice and I both opted for the New Orleans Ice Coffee. Its slightly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

Alice strikes a pose
This location features an espresso machine repair shop
Espresso machines are also on display for purchase
Perfect place for an afternoon chat

Alice and I admired the tile floor, as well as the lights hanging near the back wall of the cafe.


The cafe is beautiful from the outside as well. I asked Alice to pose for a few portraits.

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The sun began to set over Oakland, so after a nice catch up over coffee, we headed home.
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Blue Bottle Coffee, Broadway, Oakland, CA, United States