The journey continues into a brand new California city for San Jose-based Voyager Craft Espresso with the opening of its first Cupertino cafe, the corporate’s largest store to this point.
Doorways opened earlier this month to what’s Voyager’s fourth retail location total. Beneath the excessive ceilings of the 1,900-square-foot house, mid-century trendy shelving and gem-shaped pendant lights descend over a curvy and colorfully tiled bar.
The intense blue powder coat of a 3-group La Marzocco Strada AV machine echoes the brilliant blue paint of the constructing’s exterior.
Voyager Craft Espresso Proprietor Sameer Shah instructed Day by day Espresso Information the design sought to create a vigorous neighborhood house the place conversations additionally stay in movement.
“We constructed this out within the midst of the pandemic when most espresso outlets had been downsizing and embracing areas with ‘takeaway pleasant’ sq. footage,” Shah instructed Day by day Espresso Information. “We needed to buck that development in a giant means since we consider strongly within the energy of, and wish for, neighborhood areas the place our neighbors can meet and really feel welcome.”
Whereas every Voyager cafe design emphasizes espresso craft on the bar, every preserve their very own particular appear and feel. In Cupertino, the store boasts copper and concrete surfaces together with metal and hickory wooden, with accents of midnight blue, blush pink and mauve.
Forty-nine seats inside and one other 50 outdoors provide ample alternative for friends to get pleasure from drinks crafted from beans roasted on the corporate’s 15-kilo-capacity Giesen machine in its Palo Alto roastery.
In its inexperienced espresso sourcing program, Shah mentioned Voyager has adopted a benchmark of paying a mean of roughly 3 times the commodity value of arabica espresso, a.okay.a. the “C value.”
“Not each espresso is 3 times C-market, since Brazil is such a prolific mechanized espresso producing nation,” mentioned Shah. “However we common out to 3 occasions, throughout the board.”
Voyager was based in 2015 as a cellular espresso bar previous to opening its first cafe the next yr in Santa Clara. Its second store got here three years later in downtown San Jose, adopted by a third store in 2020, positioned on The Alameda close to Santa Clara College.
Desserts, cookies, croissants and different items have additionally begun flowing from a bakery that launched on the Alameda SCU location. The four-person baking workforce led by Cordon Bleu graduate Stephanie Browne provides 100% of the corporate’s demand, and on the finish of day-after-day, all unused baked items are donating as a part of the corporate’s push for zero meals waste.
“We promote over 12,000 pastries every month,” mentioned Shah. “Our plans for baking are huge. As soon as we increase capability by eight occasions what we at present have, we’ll have the ability to actually showcase the expertise of our workforce, and put Voyager as a bakery — unbiased of our model as a roaster and cafe — on the map.”
That uptick in capability is slated to occur later this yr when the corporate relocates its roasting and baking operations into an expansive 4,000-square-foot facility in midtown San Jose with a coaching lab, workplace house, and a walk-up espresso bar for retail espresso and pastry service for the neighborhood.
Howard Bryman is the affiliate editor of Day by day Espresso Information by Roast Journal. He’s based mostly in Portland, Oregon.