Tech investor-backed Blue Bottle Coffee will open a branch in Tokyo this week
Blue Bottle Coffee, the high-end coffee chain that's a favorite among the tech community, will launch its first international outpost this week, SFGate reports.
The new cafe opens Friday in Japan, in Tokyo's residential Kiyosumi neighborhood. It will have the same menu as the U.S. stores.
Blue Bottle founder and CEO James Freeman has long been inspired by Japanese coffee culture. Many Blue Bottle stores, including the one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, have high-tech coffee equipment from Japanese companies like Hario and Oji.
Freeman is currently in Tokyo to put the final touches on the new store.
"It’s such a dream," he told SFGate. "I’m walking down the street, I’m going to work, I’m going to roast coffee, and it’s in Tokyo."
Though the store won't open for a few more days, the company has put on a few preview events this week. If the huge turnout is any indication, Tokyo residents should plan to wait in line next time they want to pick up some Blue Bottle.