Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Seeks New York Domination


Looks like Starbucks’ Frappuccinos might be getting some serious competition. The New York Post reports that not even a week after it launched its first New York City outpost, California coffee chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (1412 Broadway, 212-575-3854) has its sights set on opening a second branch, on the Upper West Side, this fall. Ice Blendeds for everyone!

For those who don’t know, the chain has a cult following (many of whom are celebrities), who flock to the shops for the signature Ice Blendeds (a frozen drink similar to Frappuccinos, but which predate them) and other coffee drinks. The chain’s first New York City branch opened last week to much fanfare and excitement.