It was not meant to be: Seven months after announcing plans to merge, Blue Bottle Coffee and Tartine Bakery have announced that those plans won't come to fruition after all.
Blue Bottle Coffee is the Oakland-based roaster with four shops (and counting) in Los Angeles; Tartine is the bakery in San Francisco from baker Chad Robertson and pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt. The original merger plans called for Tartine products to be sold in Blue Bottle shops — indeed, if you stopped in your local Blue Bottle over the past few months, you would have seen some Tartine goods in the case — and for Blue Bottle to help Tartine expand.
The two companies, however, have decided that they each would be in a better position if they remained independent entities. In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle about their decision to undo the merger, the two say that "remaining separate companies makes the most sense."
For those who have been looking forward to Tartine's sourdough and porridge loaves, fear not. Tartine still has plans to expand, not only in Los Angeles, but also in New York and Tokyo.