Restaurant Openings

Blue Bottle Coffee Opens in Kendall Square

The spacious café has features designed by an architect of a famous MIT building.


A barista at Blue Bottle Coffee gets ready to open the Kendall Square cafe

A barista at Blue Bottle Coffee gets ready to open the Kendall Square cafe. / Photos courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee

File under: new study fuel for the MIT area. Blue Bottle Coffee opens its fourth Boston-area café on Ames Street in Kendall Square on Friday morning, June 7.

Blue Bottle anchors a new, mixed-use building called Proto, but the company says the café’s designers were inspired by the recognizable MIT dorm, Baker House, and features standing tables designed by the same Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. The airy space is illuminated with pendant lights, and plenty of natural light—it has high ceilings made of light wood and booth seating along the windows.

Like Blue Bottle’s other local coffee shops in Harvard Square, the Financial District, and inside the Prudential Center, the Kendall Square location will serve the chain’s full café menu. That includes breakfast fare like fresh-made liège-style waffles, English muffins, toast with almond butter, or avocado; coconut yogurt chia pudding cups, overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, and grab-and-go sandwiches, like roasted summer squash and French feta. Blue Bottle partners locally with Salem’s A&J King Artisan Bakers to offer a daily selection of pastries, too.

Blue Bottle, which started in the Bay Area in 2002, now has dozens of cafés in 10 U.S. cities, Japan, and Korea. The company has been likened to “the Apple Store of the coffee world”—a clean, sleek counterpart to third wave forebears like Starbucks and Peet’s. It serves single-origin and coffee blends, as well as espresso, cold brew, and New Orleans-style iced coffee with roasted chicory and sweetened with organic cane sugar.

To celebrate the Kendall Square grand opening, Blue Bottle is hosting a “community day” on Saturday, June 22, when all proceeds from the day’s sales support of local charity partner Artists for Humanity. Beginning Friday, June 7, it’s open every day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

88 Ames St., Suite R120, Kendall Square, Cambridge, bluebottlecoffee.com.

Blue Bottle Coffee in Kendall Square, Cambridge

Blue Bottle Coffee opens Friday, June 7, in Kendall Square. / Photos courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee

blue bottle coffee latte

Photos courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee