In a city seemingly saturated with coffee shops, could there be room for a small, neighborhood-based, owner-operated shop to take hold? Could a space built around the relationship between the customer and the barista make a difference in the cityscape? These were the questions Rapt Studio set out to answer with their design for the new Coffee Movement outpost in historic Chinatown.
On an unassuming city street with the distinction of hosting a cable car route, this café – just 300 square feet – is a small space that’s turning out to have a big impact.
Rapt Studio partnered with the owner to realize his dream of serving great coffee, hand-crafted from sustainably grown beans. The ensuing design is inviting, warm, and approachable that prioritizes human connections. There’s no wall of espresso machines and pastry cases between the barista and the customer here, but instead an uncluttered area for meaningful personal interactions, where Bryan can “spread happiness through coffee.”
The space, bespoke and decidedly local, is every inch an extension of its proprietor and the relationship he wanted to build with the neighborhood. And its soft palette is meant to encourage more important things to shine – conversation, meaningful interaction, and connections.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, this café has already become a meaningful part of the community and a destination all its own.