Located in the heart of Canberra’s business and entertainment precinct, Arc Coffee Store is a place where good food and coffee marry tasteful interior design.
As the fifth venture of Canberra based roaster, Red Brick Coffee, the new space opened in January 2021 and already has been nominated in the 2021 Eat Drink Design Awards.
“Madeline, Red Brick Coffee’s General Manager, and I have a huge interest in design, and it’s one of the things we love about what we do, the fact we get to design and open creative and visually appealing spaces,” says Tim Manning, Founder of Red Brick Coffee.
“We’re honoured to have been able to work with so many great designers. For example, with Arc we worked with a local architecture firm called Capezio Copeland and had our furniture custom built by Tom Skeehan and Skeehan Studio.”
With a warm palette of red, pink and brass tones, the space features curved surfaces and marbled floors, with a custom white four Group La Marzocco KB90 machine as the centre piece. Behind the scenes, Tim says Arc is also Red Brick Coffee’s first café with a full kitchen.
“We’re really excited to re-open for a full dine-in serve and work with the chefs to further develop a menu that pairs with our coffee to create a unique dining experience,” says Tim. “We have always looked for really high-quality products in everything we do from sourcing our coffee to the pastries we serve in our store. We love knowing where all our products come from, and being able to trace from farm to café.”
This is why Red Brick Coffee has partnered with Riverina Fresh milk over other milk suppliers.
“Being locally sourced from a select group of dedicated farms, Riverina Fresh gives us the confidence in both the product quality and consistent performance of their milk in coffee,” says Tim. “We serve this alongside the four coffee blends that we roast over in Curtin.”
Tim says the most popular coffee blend served is the Coffee Coffee blend, which is Red Brick Coffee’s take on the classic espresso blend.
Staying true to its roasting namesake, Arc was inspired by Red Brick Coffee’s original home, which Tim says was literally a red-brick café in the suburbs of Canberra.
“It had a really warm, welcoming environment and we wanted to take this feeling and incorporate it in the city precinct,” says Tim.
“It was a fun challenge trying to match the two together. I think we’ve done really well as its beautifully designed and still retains that warmth while showcasing what Canberra is all about.”
Arc Coffee Store
1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600
Open Monday to Friday 7am — 2pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am —12pm
This article appears in the December 2021 edition of BeanScene. Subscribe HERE.