The Trade and its Blue Bottle coffee opens in Midtown

Famed Bay Area coffeehouse Blue Bottle can now be consumed in Midtown.

Kind of. 

The Trade Coffee & Coworking, a coworking office space slash cafe, opened yesterday at 2220 K Street. And the cafe portion proudly carries Blue Bottle Coffee beans, with Blue Bottle-trained baristas. The menu is sparse, but holds the requisite New Orleans-style iced coffee ($4) and Gibraltar ($3.50), akin to a double-shot macchiato. Though they’re not available yet, you should be able to pick up bags of Blue Bottle beans in the future there, too. 

Still, it’s definitely no Blue Bottle proper. The cafe is tiny, with no space to sit except a couple outdoor tables. And the baristas don’t—at least not yet—have the same level of skill you’d expect at any Blue Bottle outpost. The coffee is tasty, just don’t expect any pretty designs in your foam. 

The other big draw is the cafe’s pastries, sourced from Freeport Bakery. Those are expected to arrive tomorrow morning. The cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a grand opening celebration with live music and food is planned for April 18.

Can there be too much coffee in Midtown? The Trade cafe’s chief audience does seem to be The Trade’s coworking community—the folks renting out office space for certain blocks of time. Keep in mind that Temple Coffee’s next location is going in just a couple doors down at the corner of K and 22nd Streets. And there’s already Old Soul Co., Old Soul at the Weatherstone and The Mill just blocks away. 

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