We bring news from the south Puget Sound, where our friends and partners at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company have shared with us their plans for a significant expansion of roasting, retailing, and cold brew production facilities at their downtown Olympia, Washington headquarters.
Founded in 2005, Olympia Coffee’s flagship space on 4th and Cherry originally shared the building with Espresso Parts, who vacated the space when they moved to bigger digs in nearby Lacey, Washington in 2012. It’s this space that Olympia Coffee will begin occupying this spring, growing their operation from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet in the process. Plans call for a completely remodeled cafe featuring an entry and view out onto 4th Avenue, the city of Olympia’s main commercial thoroughfare, as well as a brand new roasting works anchored by a refurbished 23-kilo Gothot roaster from Germany; training, cupping, and QC lab facilities; increased green coffee storage; nitro and conventional cold brew bottling production; and offices for Olympia Coffee’s growing team.
Speaking with Sprudge by phone, Olympia Coffee owner Oliver Stormshak says they plan for the new cafe to be “a show stopper” and mentioned that it will feature an expanded menu, along with plans for select cold brew offerings and nitro cold brew kegs for wholesale partners. The designer behind Olympia Coffee’s expansion is Roussa Cassel, with materials sourced from Windfall Lumber, a leading purveyor for reclaimed lumber in the Pacific Northwest. Construction will be managed by Bicycle Homebuilding Company.
Construction begins soon, with the first phase—cafe and roasting operations—planned for completion Spring 2015.