Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. continues to expand beyond its namesake city with last week’s opening of a new roastery cafe in Tacoma, Washington.
For build and design of the shop, Olympia Coffee’s fifth overall, the company partnered with Olympia-based Artisans Group, creating a look and feel that may be familiar to patrons of existing shops in Olympia and Seattle while also offering a fresh look for Tacoma. The company says the Tacoma design was inspired by the city’s Proctor neighborhood, where “posh, North End Tacoma meets industrial Tacoma.”
The posh-meets-industrial concept is brought forth through contrasting materials — such as intricate tile work along with copper and cast iron — and played out further in the space as the upscale cafe looks clearly into the production roasting room, oriented around a white Diedrich IR-5 machine.
Atop the new bar is a La Marzocco Strada AV customized by Jacob Ellul-Blake of Pantechnicon Designs for espresso preparation, while a five-headed chrome Poursteady machine and Fetco batch brewers provide options for filter coffee.
For the new shop, the company has devised a new signature espresso blend called Little Buddy, a reference to the 1986 Honda Civic owned by the sister of Olympia Coffee Founder Oliver Stormshak that could be spotted cruising Tacoma city streets in the 90s, according to an announcement from the company.
Olympia Coffee Roasting’s Tacoma shop is now open at the intersection of N. Proctor St. and N. 26th St.