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Since 1963, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has been a fixture on the West Coast, but New Yorkers had to fly to LA to indulge. That’s all set to change on Monday, August 29 when the Los Angeles-based coffee franchise opens its first New York store at Broadway and 39th Street. The next store will open on the Upper West Side, Jeffery Srulowitz told The Wall Street Journal, and many more are planned in the future. CBLT-coming-NY
While this is The Coffee Bean’s first New York store, the LA-based coffee chain boasts 750 stores in 22 countries, including Australia, Brunei, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. In the United States, you can enjoy an Ice Blended — Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s signature iced coffee drink that preceded Starbuck’s iconic Frappuccino — in San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Texas, Alabama, Miami, and Detroit.
The majority of locations are in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
While there are larger coffee chains, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf holds the distinction of being among the world’s largest family-owned and family-run coffee businesses, and is a model for success in the coffee industry. Each store offers upwards of 30 varieties of coffee and 20 kinds of tea, and the company has established long-time relationships with coffee estates and plantations around the world to ensure a consistent supply of high quality gourmet coffee. The Bean, as it is affectionately called by many of its long-time, most loyal customers, manually roasts its coffee daily in small batches, and ships the fresh to each of its stores. The entire drinks menu is certified kosher and halal.
Currently, there are plans to open 3 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations in New York City, including the first one on Broadway, the second on the Upper West Side and the third at a yet-to-be-announced location.
In the meantime, if you’re in the 3/4ths of the country without a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store within driving distance, you can still taste CBTL’s range of coffees. The company has recently introduced its own specially designed Single Serve Coffee System. The CBTL coffee system line features two machines designed by the Italian company, Caffitaly System. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf single serve beverage system is capable of making brewed coffee, tea and espresso using beverage capsules that contain precisely measured CBTL coffees and teas.
The two CBTL coffee system machines, the Contata and the Kaldi, are sleek, compact machines that are powered by a pump capable of reaching 15 bars for perfect espresso. Currently, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers 4 coffee blends, 4 espresso blends and 4 teas for use with the CBTL single serve beverage system, including a decaf version of the House blend and the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf House blend.