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The future home The Trade, Coffee & Coworking at 2220 K St. This shared workspace and office building will also house Sacramento’s first Blue Bottle Coffee shop.

Blue Bottle Coffee to make Sacramento debut via The Trade

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 - 3:25 pm

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most buzzed about coffee roasters and cafes is set for a midtown Sacramento presence.

Blue Bottle Coffee of Oakland will be featured as part of The Trade, Coffee & Coworking at 2220 K St. The 4,000-square-foot space will house private and shared office spaces, along with conference rooms and other amenities for small business owners. The attached cafe, which will include its own seating and wi-fi, will take up about 900 square feet of The Trade and serve as a wholesale partner with Blue Bottle Coffee.

Blue Bottle Coffee is currently available at a handful of Bay Area locations, including San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and one cafe in Los Angeles. New York City also plays home to seven Blue Bottle Coffee shops. The small chain is known for its meticulous roasting and coffee preparation techniques, minimalist decor and popularity with tech workers.

Along with these cafes, Blue Bottle Coffee has hundreds of wholesale accounts at cafes, bookstores and other locations across the country that use Blue Bottle as the core of their coffee program.

The owners of The Trade, Matt Kennedy and fiancee Amanda Sanders, have worked for the past year to bring Blue Bottle to Sacramento. Employees of this Sacramento outlet will be required to attend official Blue Bottle training in the Bay Area to learn the chain’s in-house coffee methods.

“We wanted to bring something with a tech vibe and something new to Sacramento,” said Sanders. “We’ll have the full Blue Bottle menu, and want to absolutely stay true to the integrity of their product.”

Freeport Bakery will supply this cafe with pastries and other goods. The Trade can also be used as a pick-up spot for orders from the popular Land Park bakery.

“We have access to their whole bakery,” said Kennedy. “If someone wants, they can order a cake or pie at our place, and come by the next day to pick it up.”

Collective workspaces like The Trade have meanwhile emerged as popular spots for local tech entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and arts organizations. Similar communal workplaces such as Capsity and The Urban Hive offer various memberships that allow access to open areas with tables and desks, conference rooms and private offices.

Kennedy and Sanders are aiming for a September opening for The Trade and its accompanying cafe.

“The name’s about the fair trade coffee beans that Blue Bottle uses, and the collaborative aspect that everyone has a trade to offer,” said Sanders. “In the co-working area you’ll be able to trade ideas. We want to give everyone the opportunity to grow their small business. Ultimately, we want to create a community.”

Editor’s note: This story was update July 16 to clarify that Trade, Coffee & Coworking will be a wholesale account partner with Blue Bottle Coffee, and not a stand-alone Blue Bottle location.


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