The ever growing culture of coffee has encouraged so many inspiring independent coffee shops to open up on the busy streets of Edinburgh. Recently, in the West End, a wonderful bright space serving great coffee opened up in the form of Cairngorm Coffee's second venture. We had the opportunity to contribute a bespoke system for storing loose tea and coffee beans. However, back on Frederick Street, at the original Cairngorm Coffee Co. owner Robi wanted to create something unique to bring his brand to the forefront of the coffee shop. Here's a look at how we helped.
The plan was to bring the Cairngorm brand to the focal point of the shop using the existing La Marzocco Linea coffee machine. Having already completed a project for the guys at Cairngorm we were able to hit the ground running as we already had a good understanding of their ethos and style. We began with detailed discussions on materials and styling that could be used to ensure that the shape of the Linea machine was not lost. From this we were able to go away and begin the conceptual design, distilling the goals into initial visuals.
After the first round of concepts we boiled down the design criteria and any new ideas from the guys at Cairngorm into a more rounded and appropriate design. As always this is an iterative process that needs to be managed efficiently so that any upcoming deadlines can be met; in this case we aimed to deliver for the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The use of 3D modelling software helps us to communicate our design intentions, it's important to know we are all on the same page. After another round of images and concepts final decisions were made and we were able to look towards arranging manufacture. We used a combination of CNC milled wood and laser cut and folded then powder coated steel to house the coffee machine. We worked with our amazingly skilled and understanding manufacturers here in Scotland to produce the necessary parts.
We brought together the finished parts and assembled them, mounting the housing onto the existing La Marzocco Linea coffee machine at Cairngorm Coffee, Frederick Street.
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