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James Freeman

Founder/CEO, Blue Bottle Coffee

Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs - ICE welcomes Blue Bottle Coffee founder and CEO James Freeman319 years after the first-ever coffee house (The Blue Bottle) was opened in Central Europe, James Freeman, a slightly disaffected San Francisco musician, began roasting beans in a potting shed in Oakland, California.

James founded Blue Bottle Coffee in 2002 with a promise to only sell beans within 48 hours out of the roaster, bringing customers delicious coffee at peak flavor. Since then, Blue Bottle has grown from 186-square-feet of premium potting shed to over 20 cafes and 4 roasters split between the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently, Tokyo.

Blue Bottle Coffee has been featured in national and international press including ABC, NBC, Fox, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Casa Brutus.

James is the author of The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee (Ten Speed Press, 2012). He was named Imbibe Magazine’s coffee professional of the year and one of Fast Company magazine’s 100 most creative people in business.

James lives a block from Alamo Square in San Francisco with his children Dashiell and Linden, and his wife Caitlin, whom he met while making coffee at the Berkeley farmers’ market. He is a member in good standing of the San Francisco Regional Citroen Car Club.