An Open Letter from Blue Bottle to the Dolores Park Community

Organizers of tonight's community meeting at Dolores Park Church to discuss Rec and Park's vendor plans for Dolores Park are finalizing the final agenda. And while representatives of would-be Dolores vendor Blue Bottle Coffee plan to speak tonight, Blue Bottle's James Freeman and his wife, Miette founder Caitlin Williams Freeman, won't be, due, Freeman says, to longstanding travel plans.

This morning, Freeman sent SFoodie two open letters to the Dolores Park community: one he penned, another from Caitlin Williams Freeman. He also sent a diagram of the Blue Bottle trailer (reproduced above), and its proposed location in the park. We present both open letters here, unedited. [Note: in Freeman's letter, “Crystal” is a reference to Dolores Park Works' Crystal Vann Wallstrom, organizer of tonight's meeting.]

The public meeting, in the church at 455 Dolores (at Dorland), starts at 7 p.m. Dolores Park Works has the full speaker roster.

UPDATE: Read our report of the Sept. 27 meeting.


Dear Dolores Park friends and neighbors,

I apologize that I can't attend today's meeting. I had made plans to be away several weeks prior to hearing about this meeting. Such is the nature of the nonrefundable plane ticket. Nevertheless, I'd like to tell you a little bit about my history, our company's history, our desires for the park, and address some of the concerns that Crystal has communicated to me. Mike Hamm, our manager of the outdoors, will be here to answer questions directly, but if you would like to ask me anything, please send me an email at, or perhaps we could meet at one of our shops and discuss over a coffee.

I started Blue Bottle in 2002, but prior to that, I lived on 25th and Guerrero and 20th and Guerrero from 1990 to 1999.

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