HONG KONG, China – After months of anticipation, Blue Bottle Coffee has finally opened its first Hong Kong branch on Lyndhurst Terrace in Central. Speculation about Blue Bottle Coffee coming to Hong Kong began last August, and since then, its location at 38 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, was confirmed, along with an update on Insider Retail detailing that the lease of the two-storey, 3,000-square-foot space has been signed for six years.
For now, the opening hours are 8am–5pm for takeaway only, with all government-regulated safety protocols in place.
Beverages are complemented by a small menu of food items that includes molasses cookies, avocado toast, almond butter toast and the signature liege waffle (a recipe using pearl sugar, pioneered by Blue Bottle’s top pastry chef, Caitlin Freeman).
The opening, initially slated slated for early February, had to be postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
The store, expected to open for dine-in services when social-distancing restrictions are eased, features “an industrial medley of timber work surfaces [and] exposed support beams” design, according to LifestyleAsia.
It is Blue Bottle’s 22nd venue in Asia. It currently has more than 50 cafes in the US, and recently debuted in Japan and South Korea.
Blue Bottle is headquartered in Oakland, California. It is considered a major player in third wave coffee. In 2017, a majority stake in the company was acquired by Nestlé.