Blue Bottle Coffee planning expansion to Boston

The Boston Globe | By Matt Viser
October 3, 2016

Blue Bottle, the San Francisco-based coffee roaster, is planning to come to Boston, further solidifying the city as one of the most sought after up-and-coming spots for high end specialty coffee.

Blue Bottle – which now has stores in the Bay Area, in New York, and Tokyo – is adding the Boston area to the mix after studying good areas for expansion. “The coffee is getting better,” Bryan Meehan, the chief executive of Blue Bottle, said in an interview. “It’s got a rich coffee heritage. Home of Dunkin Donuts, that’s got to mean something.”

“When I think about Boston I think of this Mark Twain quote. In New York they ask how much are you worth, in Philadelphia, they ask who are your parents. In Boston they ask how much does he know,” he added. “Boston is an academic center were people seek out learning. And given the type of things we do with our coffee, people will be interested to know more about coffee form Blue Bottle.”

The first Blue Bottle store is slated to open next fall at 40 Bow St. in Cambridge. The coffee company is also about to sign a lease for another store in the Back Bay, and is also examining other locations for further expansions in 2018.

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