Coffee shop

A commercial transformation, how we went about it.......... by Sara Morrison

Jhampoll & Veronica one year on @ The Colombian Company, Bath.

Jhampoll & Veronica one year on @ The Colombian Company, Bath.

The Colombian Company, Bath

This post has been a long time coming, as Jhampoll and Veronica owners at the Colombian Company have already celebrated their 1st birthday. But fingers crossed number 2’s in the pipeline! which means now is the perfect time to reflect on the design & how it came about.

As with all clients we start by developing a very detailed brief, which always involves a heck of a lot of questions & consideration into every aspect of the business model. In fact Veronica jokingly said “ OMG, that was like a university exam! The pressure!”

When it came to the look, JP & Veronica were open to suggestions “as long as its cool.” However they were very clear about how they wanted the Colombian Company coffee shop to feel. “Relaxed, welcoming & warm whilst showing the British Public the best that Colombia has to offer.”

Jhampoll grew up in the “Coffee Triangle” of Colombia a beautiful lush region of central Colombia with rural farms & rustic charms where he now proudly sources his ethically sustainable coffee beans. This was the starting point for the initial design, leading us to focus on sustainable timber, contrasted with contemporary black Valchromat set against lush greenery.

Visual of the design scheme using raw edged timber, rough sawn timber, black valchromat & green accents.

Visual of the design scheme using raw edged timber, rough sawn timber, black valchromat & green accents.

The Layout

The small space required a large counter area, plenty of storage/product display & seating for as many as we could squeeze in.

Easy peesy, we got this!

We also had to take into consideration the slightly tight budget (isn’t it always) & the fact that we would have just two weeks to implement the design.

Timber was cut locally to make bespoke tables, a window display & the raw edge counter top.

In this small space there are three different types of lighting which was critical to create warmth adding to a cosy vibe. We specifically placed wall lights from Cult Furniture within the constructed wooden wall knowing this would emphasise the glow from the lights, ‘warm’ tungsten bulbs were carefully selected to ensure the balance was just right.

The Colombian Company Bath - all finished.

The Colombian Company Bath - all finished.

Styling involved a last minute dash to Ikea with an express cushion order from H&M home. Artwork was created using coffee beans (which made a big brown mess but left a pleasant lingering smell in my office for weeks) personal images were framed & also used to make a clock.

I am very pleased with this design, Its such a welcoming & cosy space which is of course helped by the hospitality of the lovely owners, the delicious coffee & cake. Please let us know if you have visited, whether you have spotted my coffee bean artwork and what you think.

Right now, how do we go about designing number 2, hmmm……………………………………Please stay tuned! x

Me getting a coffee!

Me getting a coffee!