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Blue Bottle Coffee to open at Stanford Shopping Center this week

Uploaded: Aug 28, 2019

Come this Friday, Palo Alto will be home to not one but two Blue Bottle Coffee cafes.

The Oakland-born string of cafes is opening its newest location at Stanford Shopping Center on Aug. 30. It will join Blue Bottle's first-ever Peninsula cafe, which opened inside the historic Varsity Theatre in downtown Palo Alto in 2015.

The new cafe is located on the El Camino Real side of the shopping center, between clothing store Jeffrey and Labelle spa. Like other Blue Bottles, it will serve drip coffee and espresso drinks plus liège waffles, sandwiches and savory and sweet toasts for food.

Blue Bottle Coffee serves espresso drinks, pour-over and siphon coffee and New Orleans iced coffee. Beans are ground fresh for every drink. Photo by Magali Gauthier

The sleek, narrow space, designed by architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, features a custom facade, skylights and folded vaults meant to evoke origami.

James Freeman started Blue Bottle more than a decade ago, before third-wave coffee was a thing, hand-roasting beans in a shed and delivering them to friends. The company now operates cafes in 10 cities in the United States, Japan and Korea. 

The Stanford Shopping Center Blue Bottle will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The cafe will hold a grand opening on Sept. 14; all sales that day will benefit San Francisco nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, or CUESA.