Before & After – An Espresso Bar Transformation

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

 

Bubble Interiors have transformed Excelso Coffee in Tauranga, New Zealand, from a dated and dark space with mismatched furniture, into a bright and fresh coffee bar.

 

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

The designer’s description

After 20 years in the bean business Excelso Coffee was beginning to look its’ age. As a roastery, soft-brew bar and barista training facility they had filled two adjacent industrial alleyway sites in Taurangas’ 3rd Ave West to capacity and were growing frustrated with trying to adapt a multi-faceted business to an inflexible space.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

Initially a warehouse space divided into two separate areas, one housing an impressive coffee roaster and the other a cramped, narrow area for an espresso machine, retail display and office. A mismatch of make-do furniture, exposed cabling and a “tradies” toilet left the space feeling dark, cluttered and unfinished.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

The brief requested a point of difference from other local cafes, with a natural materiality that felt fresh and clean, whilst being complimentary to an upcoming rebrand.

Before & After – Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

Adopting a back-to-basics strategy we re-planned the space focusing on consumer comfort and communicating the ethical integrity of Excelso’s supply chain – 20% of their offering comes from fair trade agreements with plantation producers.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

We wanted the space to facilitate a more open, direct relationship between barista and consumer, so too between environment and experience. Looking more like a science lab than a coffee shop, soft brew uses single filter pots, siphons and air press processes to produce softer flavours than espresso.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

Two purpose-built strandboard counters, one for serving espresso and the other with bar stool seating for soft-brewing demonstrations allows these award winning coffee purveyors to engage directly with their audience in their quest to introduce the coffee drinking public to new and exciting methods.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

A built-in strandboard cabinetry unit along the dividing wall uses planes and angles to incorporate retail display space and feature lighting with a cleverly placed viewing window allowing a sneak peek through to the roastery. Simple, unobtrusive lighting housed within a strandboard panel ceiling reflects a warm glow from the polished concrete flooring creating a smooth, solid contrast to the particulated nature of strandboard.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors

Clean white floating shelves showcase Chemex beakers and glass tubing. A lush vertical garden above an ‘L’shaped banquette and a collection of small side tables and stools helps frame the space and invites visitors to wait for their order in comfort and style, or sit and luxuriate over a cup of soft brew.

Excelso Coffee By Bubble Interiors


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