There are a ton of things you already know about one of SF's most iconic coffee companies (i.e. it's delicious, you're going to have to wait in line, there's a side window at the Ferry Building that tourists don't seem to understand), but there are a lot more things you don't. Here're 16 of 'em...
1. The owner is a clarinetist
Yep, that's a thing, and James Freeman -- the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee -- was trying to make it as a professional clarinet player for a decade, before he got into the coffee business.
2. The first shop was a kiosk down a dead-end alley that smelled like pee (their words)
Yep, it was located in this really dicey neighborhood called Hayes Valley. TWIST! That's right, their Hayes Valley kiosk was their first official shop, and boy what a difference 9.5 years makes.