The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Is Coming To Every Hilton Hotel in the Americas
Last year, the California-based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf started branching out to the East Coast with locations in New York and Florida, and even an outpost at the Washington DC Hilton.
Well, that move was apparently so successful, Hilton has now decided to make CB&TL the official coffee and tea provider for all Hilton properties in North America, South America and Central America, starting this summer. Which doesn't mean there will be fancy new cafes built in every hotel offering those delicious ice blended drinks, but the little coffee and tea packets found in guest rooms will all be exclusively sourced from the coffee chain (rather than Starbucks or Tazo.)
Hilton Executive VP Jim Holthouser told the LA Times:
"'One reason for the agreement is that Hilton will save money buying in bulk.'
Holthouser wouldn’t say how much the hotel chain would save but he noted that guests at the three major hotel brands drink more than 100,000 cups of in-room coffee per day."
The three brands they're referring to are Hilton, DoubleTree and Embassy Suites, in case you were wondering. And dang, that's a lot of cups of coffee.
Interestingly, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, with Examiner reporting that since launching in Brentwood, CA in 1963, the company has grown to operate almost 900 franchised stores across the world.
Do you make tea or coffee in your hotel room? Are you excited to try Hllton's new brand of in-room tea and coffee? Let us know in the comments below!
[Photo: Hilton Hotels]