Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word ‘publiek’ for community, and it encapsulates the shop’s ethos of “quality over quantity, community over corporate, and planet over profit.” The flagship space features a coffee shop, roasting facilities, meeting rooms and a large event area. The company also runs a coffee shop out of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT and it will soon be renovating another space in Salt Lake City.
Lloyd Architects renovated the former printing press into the dreamy coffee shop it is today. The decor inside is raw and industrial with a mix of concrete, brick, and wood. Reclaimed materials include the use of snow fencing from Wyoming, oil field pipes from a nearby county and metal doors from an old downtown warehouse. Custom light fixtures and Plumen fluorescent light bulbs hang from the ceiling.
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Coffee is roasted in a ultra-green Diedrich roaster manufactured in Sandpoint, Idaho that uses infrared heat instead of blue flame. An afterburner was integrated to eliminate smoke and odor to keep the air clean and scent-free. Finally, the building is topped with 65 solar panels to generate electricity that offsets over 6,000 pounds of CO2 (the equivalent of 8,000 miles driven by car).
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