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Blue Bottle Bling

We've got more Blue Bottle Cafe opening day coverage en route, but for now, do feast your caffeine-craving eyes on the cafe's new $20,000 toy: "Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The cafe has the only halogen-powered model in the United States, and getting it here required years of elliptical discussions with its importer, Jay Egami of the Ueshima Coffee Company. 'If you just want equipment you're not ready,' Mr. Egami said in an interview. But, he added, James Freeman, the owner of the cafe, is different: 'He's invested time. He's invested interest. He is ready.'" [NYT]