Campos Coffee to open first US café in Utah

Campos Coffee is opening its first permanent café outside Australia in Utah, United States.

Announced on 18 November, the store will open in mid December in Party City ahead of the world-famous independent film festival, the Sundance Film Festival.

“We’ve considered the US market for more than 10 years, but never found the right fit for us,” says Will Young, Founder and President of Campos Coffee. “There has always been enormous interest in Campos Coffee from the US, and we think that the time is right to enter the market, in our own Campos way.”

After a successful residency in KEXP Studios, Seattle earlier this year, Campos was inspired to take the next step and establish a presence in the US.

Carrying on its brand vision of Quality Coffee Cultivated by Good, Will says he chose to open in Park City because it best reflects the core values of the brand: a commitment to quality service, community engagement, ethical business and innovative product offerings.

As a city that attracts outdoor enthusiasts and visitors year-round, both locally and internationally, Will says Campos Coffee will be able to offer its values, quality product and great service to the thriving community.

“As soon as we visited Park City, we knew it would be a perfect extension of the Campos Coffee brand. Walking around you can see the whole town has an active, inclusive and diverse community that cares about the environment. Add to this a significant dedication to the arts, such as the Sundance Movie Festival, and the decision was made,” Will says.

The café will cater to the evolving coffee culture in America, while still maintaining an Australian perspective on coffee. Espresso drinks such as flat whites, cappuccinos, babycinos, and affogatos will be served, with the Campos Coffee flare, along with an exclusive filter coffee blend developed to suit the market.

Many Australian roasters have made the decision to expand abroad this year. Will says this transition is evidence of an “enormous wave toward independent specialty coffee in the US”.

“There are lots of amazing operators and roasters innovating and introducing new concepts in coffee to the market. This is happening not just in coffee, but also in craft beer, gin, cheese, bread – consumers are demanding premiumisation and innovation. This has created a demand from the US for new perspectives like Campos Coffee,” Will says.

The Park City store is a first for Campos Coffee, founded in 1999 in a backstreet in Newtown, New South Wales. The specialty roaster operates seven cafés in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and will soon have an eighth in Park City, along with a close network of partner cafés around Australia.

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