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Blue Bottle’s Sun-Drenched Wharf Location Sets Opening Date

The new Southwest java shop opens Sunday, July 22

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Blue Bottle’s new Southwest location arrives this weekend.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Blue Bottle is opening this weekend on the Wharf, marking the cult coffee chain’s fifth area location since debuting in D.C. only a year ago.

The California-based roaster is scheduled to start pouring its gourmet java at 7 a.m. at 1 Market Square SW on Sunday, July 22.

Customers that visit between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, can get one free cup of coffee as part of Blue Bottle’s standard “community day” outreach — which in this case includes donating the proceeds from any on-site sales to nonprofit partner charity: water.

The exploding brand, founded in 2002 and recently acquired by Nestle, currently has outposts in eight cities in the U.S. and Japan.

Blue Bottle’s first area cafe opened in Georgetown in July 2017, followed by two more near Union Market and Union Station. It’s entering competitive caffeine territory with its arrival on the Wharf, which houses incoming bakery District Doughnut and Dolcezza. Blue Bottle recently opened in Logan Circle and has a futuristic one planned for downtown later this year.

Blue Bottle’s newest outpost is projected to operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Status: Scheduled to open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 22. 1 Market Square SW; website.