Monday, October 03, 2016

Blue Bottle Coffee to Open in Cambridge's Harvard Square, Boston's Back Bay

A San Francisco-based coffee roaster that has retail shops in three U.S. metropolitan areas and another city overseas is planning to expand to the Greater Boston area.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Blue Bottle Coffee is looking to open a store in Cambridge's Harvard Square in the fall of 2017 and it also getting ready to sign a lease for a second shop in Boston's Back Bay, while also eyeing other potential locations in the region for 2018 openings. Once the company arrives in the local area, they will join other shops in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo areas, and based on those locations, the Boston-area stores will likely be third-wave specialty coffee shops that focus on high-quality beans, with options possibly including espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, pastries, and more.

According to the Globe, the Harvard Square location of Blue Bottle Coffee will be at 40 Bow Street; it is not yet known where the Back Bay location might be.

The website for Blue Bottle Coffee can be found at

[June 25, 2017 update: Blue Bottle Coffee could be one step closer to opening in Harvard Square by next week, as a license commission agenda page within the City of Cambridge website indicates that a hearing on its request for a common victualler license is expected to take place on Wednesday, June 28.]

[September 22, 2017 update: It looks like Blue Bottle Coffee may be getting close to opening one of its Boston-area shops, as a new Craigslist job post indicates that it is now looking for a barista for its "new cafe in Boston." (It is not yet known if the Cambridge or Back Bay location will be opening first, as the locations page for the company simply shows it coming to Boston this fall.)]

[January 30, 2018 update: Eater Boston states that Blue Bottle Coffee plans to open its Harvard Square shop in February, and it also looks to open two more locations in the Boston area later this year (with one of them presumably being the Back Bay shop mentioned here).]

[February 2, 2018 update: Boston Magazine says that the Harvard Square location of Blue Bottle Coffee soft-opens today, serving free coffee until 3:00 PM and having all sales of food and merchandise supporting Artists for Humanity. (The official opening of the shop is tomorrow.)]

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Blogger Mr. Holznagel said...

I used to live in San Francisco and never loved this chain there. The lines are always long and slow (which proves that *somebody* loves it, I guess) and the prices quite high. The pour-over thing has just never lived up to the hype for me. It will be interesting to see if it succeeds here on the go-go East Coast.

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