Speculation about Blue Bottle Coffee coming to Hong Kong began in August, and since then, its location on Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, has been confirmed, along with a recent update on Insider Retail detailing that the lease of the two-storey, 3,000-square-foot space has been signed for six years.
Cali-cool roaster Blue Bottle Coffee is known for its single-origin beans and cold-brew coffee. The chain is rumoured to be opening here this month, but what we’re really wondering about is their zero-waste plans for Hong Kong.
Blue Bottle CEO Bryan Meehan wrote in a blog post last week that climate change is inspiring the company to waste less and do more. And they are actually boldly proclaiming to make their insanely popular coffee shops zero waste by the end of 2020. Most zero-waste initiatives we hear about are between three and five years off, so that makes this pledge doubly exciting to hear. Remember, Blue Bottle is a coffee chain, which often means takeaway cups – which they’ll no longer be providing. This is an incredibly exciting and brave initiative, especially when they have enormous coffee competitors just one shop over streets across town.
The blog mentions Blue Bottle’s US shops, of which there are more than 50, but with the chain’s recent debuts in Japan and South Korea and soon here in Hong Kong, we are hopeful that the initiative will gain ground in Asia too.
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