Coffee roastery Kōkako has had a branded coffee shop in Grey Lynn for some seven years, but as the company launches its third café into Commercial Bay, it’s given the Grey Lynn outlet a new identity. The Commercial Bay café is Kōkako’s third branded coffee shop in 18 years.
Kōkako Commercial Bay will open this September on level one of the brand new shopping precinct.It will feature 10 stools at the brew bar, which boasts four dedicated taps with a nitrogenated cold brew and a rotating selection of coffee-related beverages. The Kōkako team has been working on the project for over two years and plans to use the space to test new products and ideas, alongside customer tutorials and events.
The espresso bar will will feature an espresso machine from Italian manufacturer La Marzocco, and its retail area will “heavily promote” reusable cups, coffee-brewing apparatus and retail coffee.
The Commercial Bay café’s signage and visual identity was by Auckland branding agency Design Dairy, and Auckland’s Interior Architects CTRL Space handled the fit-out. It features a natural timber wall and innovative sustainable materials throughout.
“Our Commercial Bay site will allow us to continue to do what we started at Grey Lynn which is to connect the coffee producer with the coffee consumer and provide a brand touch-point to showcase the rest of our coffee outposts across Aotearoa,” says Mike Murphy, managing director of Kōkako.
From today, Kōkako Café Grey Lynn will become Postal Service. While it won’t actually offer any postal services, the name is a nod to its site’s previous life as the local post office. Design Dairy was also behind this outlet’s new visual identity.
Owner Troy Mentor says: “The name Kōkako was the name of the café when I purchased the business from Mike Murphy in June 2017, but we have both felt that for some time it deserved to have its own identity, especially with Kōkako Coffee looking to open a new store in Commercial Bay later this year.”