There is nothing uniquely regional about Blueprint Coffee, but it is such a nice place to have a cup (or as it is known in this type of establishment, a pour) and the pastries to go with it are so excellent, that I would be remiss not to salute it.
Coffee-brewing here is a fastidious craft, cups created one by one using a drip filter (aka the pourover method) and lattes come beautifully decorated with milk-foam art. The various available coffees (with beans procured from exotic locations around the globe and roasted on premises) are rated in degrees of sweetness, brightness, and body. My taste buds aren’t nearly sophisticated enough to savor the various nuances, but I can tell you that the cup of Indonesian Toarco I drank was strong, perfumy, and satisfying. And the espresso was intense, deep, and rich, but not the least bit bitter.
Among the excellent pastries to savor are thumbprint cookies filled with artisan jam, blueprint biscuits sprinkled with coarse salt, and a cinnamon bun with espresso icing.
Blueprint ambience is urban hip, which all too often means a condescending staff. But not here. Our barrista and the woman who explained what each pastry is couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful.