Starbucks sources a lot of its coffee beans from Colombia, and now it has opened its very first store in Bogota as an ode to the country's product. More importantly, this store is the first to serve 100 percent locally-sourced Colombian coffee from within the country's own borders. Bret Lewis, senior designer for Starbucks, came up with the scheme for the three-story coffee shop and took considerable inspiration from local flavor, culture and design. Locally-sourced hardwoods are featured prominently along with local food, plants and work from local artists.
Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly coffee, the shop is Starbucks’ ode to the country. The three story shop was designed by Bret Lewis with the aid of Colombian artists and designers. “This Starbucks at Parque de la 93 is the type of design challenge we all long for,” said Lewis. “It’s an incredible opportunity to tell a story about who Starbucks is, where we come from, and why Colombia is such a critical part of our journey.”
The shop serves only Colombian coffee and offers up a variety of brews as well as a Starbucks Reserve® small-batch coffees made by knowledgable baristas. Local food favorites are served up alongside decor, art and furniture crafted by locals like Mariana Vieira, who made the locally-sourced hardwood tables. Colombian industrial designer Ana Reza Haden made the operative ‘feature screen’ at the heart of the store and local artist, Luis Carlos Cifuentes, painted the Siren mural with coffee pigments and acrylics.
Besides the locally-sourced coffee and decor, the Bogota coffee shop features two living walls on the third level planted with colorful native plants, including Transcantia (Panamena), Coleus (gitana), Anturio and Kalipha. At the entrance, the shop features a charming outdoor patio surrounded by lush plants while the inside features three different zones in which to enjoy drinks, food, friends, meetings, or quiet work time. The store is also outfitted with low-energy LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.