A coffee roaster based in San Francisco plans to expand to Boston, bringing with it an iconic logo and plenty of specially roasted beans. Blue Bottle Coffee will first open at 40 Bow St. in Cambridge in late summer 2017 with later locations planned for Back Bay and beyond, according to The Boston Globe.
Blue Bottle has existing locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tokyo, and New York, with a 15,000-square-foot roasting facility set to open in New York City. The company is reportedly on the verge of signing a lease in Back Bay, with current plans to have five cafes in the Boston area. Blue Bottle’s CEO told the Globe’s Matt Viser he thought people in Boston would be interested to know about the company’s coffee and could see having as many stores here as in the Bay Area, which is approaching 10. Along with Boston, Blue Bottle will expand to Washington, DC and Miami.
The coffee at Blue Bottle is only sold in cafes within 48 hours after it has been roasted, and baristas adjust the grind on the beans each day to enhance the flavors. The company's mindset is simply that "coffee’s main purpose is to be delicious," according to its website.
Blue Bottle is the latest in a series of out-of-town coffee shops to express interest in the Boston area, which has a bustling coffee scene unto itself, with local spots like Thinking Cup, Barrington Coffee Roasters, Gracenote Coffee, and so many more. Caffe Nero, originally from Europe, has expanded its Boston-area cafes in the last year with more to come, and the Philadelphia-based La Colombe opened its first cafe earlier this year, with a second location in the works. Future additions to Boston’s coffee options include Philz Coffee, another San Francisco-based shop, along with the Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee.