Blue Bottle Coffee is on an unstoppable expansion tear, as an infusion of VC funding has allowed it to expand to New York and Tokyo, acquire L.A.'s Handsome Coffee Roasters, not to mention spread those adorable little iced coffee cartons across the land. But the Oakland-based roaster hasn't forgotten its roots, which it's planning to plant a little deeper with the arrival of two new cafes in downtown SF later this year.
The larger project, at 115 Sansome (between Bush and Pine), will be a nearly 2,000-square-foot cafe that the company says has fantastic natural light. It'll be similar in style to BB's Mint Plaza cafe, including a full food menu of oatmeal, waffles, and pastries, as well as pour-over coffee and espresso. The second cafe will be headed to 1355 Market Street, best known to locals as the Twitter building. (Fun fact: Twitter's founders are BB investors.) Blue Bottle will take a small kiosk at 10th and Stevenson, with about 500 square feet, which will be more like its tiny spot on Linden in Hayes Valley. Caffeine-seeking techies can expect a more petite menu of drip and iced coffee and pastries. The Sansome location is right on the edge of hiring and should arrive in the next few months; the Twitter location likely won't arrive until early 2015, along with the rest of the many, many projects set for that space.