The space was originally a 500-square-foot storage room with concrete floors and a high ceiling. The main element jones | haydu added is a sculptural wooden ceiling that drapes over the space in a dramatic arch. "The owners had high expectations for the space, but a relatively low budget," says Jones. By keeping the original floors and using inexpensive plywood in a standard maple finish for the cabinetry and ceiling, the designers accomplished a striking design with a minimum of resources.
Seating is noticeably absent from the interior, a conscious move. "The goal with this location was to provide epicurean-level coffee at a rate and speed that could meet the Financial District's demands," says Jones. "We did consider a much more standard layout, shrinking the back of house area and providing seating inside the cafe. We decided against it for several reasons, but mainly because we needed to accommodate more baristas to keep up with the pace of the area."
"Conceptually, we've highlighted the interaction with the baristas as a theatrical experience," says Jones. "The idea was to keep counters low, and transparent so you can see things being made." The countertops are Caesarstone and the porcelain tile (painstakingly selected to match the shade of the original concrete flooring) was sourced from San Francisco's Global Tile Design. The shining star of the operation is a Strada espresso machine by La Marzocco, proudly displayed in the center of the bar.
The teak-and-stainless-steel outdoor furniture is the Stratus collection from Thatcher and Shannon Davis at Selamat Designs. Coffee Bar is open Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM. and is located at 101 Montgomery street in San Francisco. Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!