UPDATED: Blue Bottle Coffee Has Manila's Coffee Lovers Buzzing

Here's what you need to know about them.

(SPOT.ph) If you're a caffeine junkie, you're likely familiar with Blue Bottle Coffee—and if you are, you might want to cross your fingers and say your best prayers. A now-deleted Instagram account with the handle @bluebottlecoffeemanila posted hints that the said specialty coffee shop may be coming to our shores!

Is this a sign?
PHOTO BY Screenshot/@bluebottlecoffeemanila on Instagram

"Brewing in time for the holidays this 2020," the short-but-sweet social media post published on October 28 read. The account has since been deleted. Now we're not jumping to conclusions—note that the Instagram account was not verified yet at the time it was posted. For now, there are no hints yet on the exact location or the menu they'll be serving, but we'll definitely keep you updated as soon as we get word.

For now, our fingers are crossed!
PHOTO BY Facebook/Blue Bottle Coffee
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While waiting for updates, here's what you need to know about Blue Bottle Coffee.

Blue Bottle Coffee is a  coffee roaster and retailer hailing from California. 

The company was founded by James Freeman, a clarinet player and longtime coffee enthusiast. Freeman was initially making just enough money to get by, but his obsession with drinking the freshest cups of joe drove him to roast his own raw beans in the oven of his Oakland, California apartment.

Soon, Freeman decided to level up his roasting setup by renting a potting shed near his apartment and employing an old Diedrich roaster. He eventually quit his music career and began selling his own home-roasted coffee beans and cups of coffee at farmers' markets via an espresso cart.

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Their following grew thanks to word-of-mouth, and by 2005, they opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in a converted garage in San Francisco. Today, they've got branches all over the U.S. as well as Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.

Blue Bottle Coffee puts in the utmost care into crafting every single cup of coffee.
PHOTO BY Blue Bottle Coffee
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They're known for selling and serving only the freshest coffee.

At the time that he was creating Blue Bottle Coffee, Freeman vowed that he would only sell coffee "less than 48 hours out of the roaster" so that customers could "enjoy offee at peak flavor". He also vowed to only use "the finest, most delicious, and responsibly sourced beans." Today, they work directly with farmers around the world to source great-tasting and sustainable coffee.

Their cafés have a clean, minimalist look.

Of course, it's all about the coffee, but it sure doesn't hurt that their shops are as invigorating to the eyes as is a cup of their coffee to the tongue. We could totally hang out here all day.

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Hankering for coffee while waiting for more news on their opening? Other specialty coffee shops we love in Manila are Exchange Alley Coffee House and Yardstick.

When in the South, be sure to drop by Exchange Alley Coffee House!
PHOTO BY Facebook/exchange Alley Coffee House Facebook page
Yardstick is another reliable spot for excellent cups of joe.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Yardstick
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For more information, check out @bluebottlecoffeemanila on Instagram.

UPDATE (October 29, 10:44 a.m.): The @bluebottlecoffeemanila Instagram account has been deleted.

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