How might we create a studio we love? As always, we start off ready to dive into some brainstorming around an idea or problem related to the experience we’re working on. In this case, our studio coffee experience!
Just take a second and imagine the smell of fresh coffee brewing...mmm. Coffee is fuel. Coffee wakes us up, and keeps our minds sharp. It might be our #1 salesman, if you consider its involvement in most early client meetings. Coffee is a necessity.
It was clear our team needed a great coffee experience in our studio, so we turned to our resident coffee aficionado and Lead Developer, Raleigh Mumford. Raleigh is very passionate about coffee related products and the intricate process involved in brewing the best cup.
Our first step was to figure out why we wanted quality coffee by framing our reason and the approach we wanted to take.
We wanted to have coffee in the office because it plays a part in our culture, health, energy, and focus. Having it available at the office is cheaper for employees than buying something at a coffee shop every day, and more convenient. We needed a one cup option or to make a pot for several people. We wanted flexibility, convenience, and quality.
We figured out our why, now we had to solve the what and how.
We decided we wanted to brew high quality coffee, which in our opinion, that alone eliminated researching Keurigs, Nespresso, and many other run of the mill coffee makers. Next, we had to consider the process that goes into making a great cup, which involves water, coffee, and equipment.
Seems simple right? However, if you've ever had a coffee lover on your Christmas list, you probably know how many different products are on the market. We lean more towards pour over methods, since everyone isn't always in the office and we're just a team of 11, for now. This method also requires a quality grinder so we can get the correct grind for different size pots or cups. Although most of the time we won't need to make large pots, we still needed to account for client meetings or our team birthday breakfast events. So we also needed to find a multi-cup solution.