International café chain Blue Bottle Coffee is set to open its first location in Morningside Heights.
Blue Bottle has signed a lease to open at 2901 Broadway, at the corner of 113th Street and Broadway. The location was previously occupied by University Housewares, which relocated across the street to a larger space last summer.
Blue Bottle Coffee was founded by clarinetist-turned-entrepreneur W. James Freeman in Oakland, California in 2002, with a mission to sell coffee less than forty-eight hours after being roasted. Blue Bottle is an example of “third wave”—or artisanal—coffee branding, which entails highlighting the culinary appreciation of coffee and striving for the highest quality.
Since then, the roaster chain has opened locations across the globe, from Boston and Washington D.C. to Seoul and Tokyo, each with the same commitment to serving coffee at its peak freshness and flavor, as well as a dedication to sustainability. This will be the chain’s 17th location in New York City and its farthest venture uptown above 74th Street in Manhattan, further diversifying the plethora of coffee options on and around campus, which presently includes several Joe Coffee and Starbucks locations.
Apart from standard café options—including lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos—Blue Bottle offers various pour-over and iced coffees: including New Orleans-style Iced Coffee (brewed with chicory root), and dynamic house and single origin espresso options. They also offer non-coffee-based options, including Cascara Fizz (a sparkling tea beverage), lemonade, and hot chocolate. Most beverage prices range from $3 to $5.
Blue Bottle also offers a variety of pastries and viennoiserie sourced locally from Bouchon Bakery. The coffee shop’s selection typically includes double-chocolate cookies, shortbread, coffee cake, and various kinds of biscotti. They also serve heartier options, including grab-and go-sandwiches and avocado toast.
Blue Bottle Coffee is expected to open in early spring 2020.