The official end of summer is tomorrow, but the official end of the Build-Outs of Summer is right here, right now. It’s sad to see it go back into its nine-month hibernation, but that’s just the way these things go. Sunrise. Sunset. But we aren’t leaving without giving you one last extremely beautiful cafe to behold: Treeline Coffee in Bozeman, Montana.
With an eye towards the outdoors (how could you not in a place as lovely as Montana), Treeline wants to fuel you up for your next adventure, all within of a clean-designed wonder of a space. Working with THINKTANK Design Group, Treeline is a mix of minimalism and warmth. And it is the perfect way to end the 2018 Build-Outs of Summer. It’s been a wild ride; we can’t wait to see what y’all have in store next year. But for now, let’s take in the splendor that is Treeline Coffee in Bozeman, Montana.
As told to Sprudge by Natalie Van Dusen.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
Treeline was born in the mountains of Bozeman, MT. We are a small batch, artisan coffee roaster in pursuit of an unforgettable cup of coffee. We pride ourselves on sourcing excellent coffees seasonally and roasting each bean to highlight the unique flavors that make for a rich and dynamic cup of coffee.
Yes, we are coffee lovers, but we are also adventurers, travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts! Treeline is built on the idea that your coffee should fuel you to do the things you love. With that as our motto, we have gone to great lengths to explore creative and innovative coffee solutions that allow our customers to take their coffee on-the-go. Whether it’s Bozeman or Bali, hotel or hut, we think coffee can be the ultimate travel and outdoor companion.
Driven by curiosity, intuition, and honesty, we seek to create an unforgettable coffee experience from farm-to-cup.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
This summer we finished building and opened our second Treeline Coffee Roasters location in Bozeman! The new Treeline Coffee was key element in the design of The Lark Hotel expansion located on Main Street in downtown Bozeman. As a modern reinterpretation of a 1960’s motor lodge, the hotel sets a new standard of what a hotel experience can be by creating public gathering spaces for locals and hotel guests to interact. Treeline Coffee is at the heart of this interplay.
Housed in a warm, sustainable shell of exposed Cross Laminated Timber, Treeline Coffee’s inviting open-air entrance utilizes a large panel door to blur the indoor/outdoor connection. The space features brightly colored custom furniture by local artisans, contemporary lighting, and a steel barista counter whose design was born from a collaboration between the Treeline baristas, local craftsmen, and THINKTANK Design Group.
The barista counter is made from cold rolled steel and houses three pour-over stations, coffee grinders, brewers, Modbar expresso machines, a custom water tap, and a custom-made display rack for fresh pastries.
Guests cruise past display cases to the transaction counter in the middle of the bar where they can experience the creation of the drinks. The space and layout of the baristas equipment is spaced and grouped so they are ergonomically efficient and visually appealing to the clientele.
Treeline Coffee’s downtown location is roughly 700 square feet and serves fresh, locally-roasted coffee in the heart of Bozeman. In its opening weeks in July 2018, the coffee shop has experienced a large amount of traffic due to its uniquely bold, yet refined design, and of course… tasty coffee.
What’s your approach to coffee?
We approach coffee like we approach our adventures: with enthusiasm and an end goal of an awesome quality experience. The attention to detail in each cups starts well before the brewing process and begins with sourcing.
From the beginning we’ve been traveling to meet with farmers and develop long lasting friendships and relationships. This allows us to better understand their growing practice and approaches to sustainability.
We purchase our beans seasonally and design unique roast profiles to match each bean so we can offer a rotating and unique lineup of coffees.
Our baristas, who are coffee professionals and true crafts(wo)men of their trade, then take the freshly roasted beans and pull shots on our Modbars or provide-pour overs on our v60s. Each barista treats every cup with the respect it deserves, keeping in mind the entire coffee story and truly completing the farm to cup experience for our customers to enjoy.
Additionally, the more we learn about coffee the more we realize we don’t know and strive to keep learning. As a team we are always looking for ways to grow and expand our coffee knowledge and craft.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
So much fun equipment in this shop! We are continuing to use Modbars for our espresso but we’ve switched our grinders to the Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro and are loving the upgrade!
We have a three station pour-over bar with Hario v60’s. The coffee for our pour-over bar and our batch brew is ground using the new Mazzer ZM.
What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?
We opened July 1, 2018
Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?
THINKTANK Design Group, Townsend Collective, and other local Bozeman artisans.
Thanks for considering us!!!
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