SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Two Bay Area businesses with major cult followings will join forces as Blue Bottle Coffee of Oakland and Tartine Bakery of San Francisco have announced a merger.

According to the New York Times, the artisanal bakery made the deal in order to expand their operations to Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo.

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“I’ve been talking about the things that are about to happen now for years, but I was always looking for the right partner,” bakery co-owner Chad Robertson told the Times.

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Founded in Oakland, Blue Bottle now operates 18 shops. The coffee company raised nearly $20 million in 2012 and another 25 million last year.

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Tartine will continue to be operated as a separate company.