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 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.”
“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.”