Blue Bottle Coffee Co.'s newest shop—no doubt one of many more planned in the era of venture-capital-infused cappuccinos—brings a coffee experience to New York City that it (and most anywhere else in this country) hasn't often seen before.
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I had my first cup of "Woodneck"-brewed coffee at London's great, temporary Penny University, a coffee space that functioned more of a class—a fun class, no nodding off—than a cafe. Drinking coffee brewed from a device with deep aesthetic conflicts (beautiful carafe with wooden collar, inexplicably married to a very hippy-like hoop with, well, a dingy sock hanging from it) required a slight suspension of disbelief. But then again, when you're this far down the coffee tunnel, your disbelief is pretty much on hold indefinitely. (The coffee, by the way, was delicious.)