It’s a long way from Scandinavia to the Yucatán, and yet inspiration from both regions can be found at a new shop in Phoenix, Arizona, called Kähvi Coffee + Cafe.
Opening this week in the MonOrchid building in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District, the Kähvi shop welcomes guests into an environment intended to combine the tropical spirit of Tulum, Mexico, with the serenity and swiftness of Scandinavian design.
“Sometimes I find coffee shops can be a little too minimalist, and too stark,” Kähvi Coffee Founder and CEO Julian Wright told Everyday Coffee News. “I think our decor is the perfect balance of minimalist nevertheless type of vibey. Kähvi literally feels genuine comfortable when you’re in there.”
Colorful tiles brighten the front of the natural wood bar, while sleek emerald green tile shines from the wall behind baristas serving guests under modern pendant globe lighting. Meanwhile the warmth from wicker pendant lights likewise glints off the lush foliage of more than 60 potted and hanging plants around the space where furniture alternates from wicker to modern in different areas.
The 2,000-square-foot coffee bar and café is the latest ribbon to be cut by Wright, who is likewise founder and CEO of Fork & Dagger Hospitality, which owns lots of local food and beverage concepts.
French native Samia Kohler brings European sensibility and decade-plus of experience in the F&B industry to the organization as operating partner for the Kähvi concept.
“[Kohler] inherited the decisions that I’d made quite blindly to get us going,” said Wright. “Over time, I in truth see her taking over the whole program, including coffee bean selection and that type of thing.”
Kähvi’s coffee program currently depends on beans and blends provided by Phoenix-based Cult Artisan Beverage Company, including a light-roasted Ethiopian bean for filter coffee and a single-origin coffee from Honduras for espresso.
The Kähvi coffee bar currently opens to an art gallery, where Wright can envision some future programming symmetry. Likewise joining Kähvi in the 14,000-square-foot renovated warehouse building later on. this summer will be two more Fork & Dagger brands, Sake Haus and the third location of Pedal Haus Brewery. In December of last year, Fork & Dagger likewise opened a downtown Phoenix bar mentioned as Luckys Indoor Outdoor.
Even though Fork & Dagger also saw multiple establishments under its hospitality umbrella close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wright said he believes the sector is poised for a roaring comeback.
“The pent-up demand to dine out, socialize, watch a sporting event, see live music — that has rebounded and driven higher sales than we ever imagined for 2021,” Wright said. “At this point we’re up drastically not literally over 2020 nevertheless over 2019.”
Kähvi Coffee + Cafe is located inside the monOrchid, at 214 E Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. Tell us about your new coffee shop or roastery here.
Howard Bryman is the associate editor of On a daily basis Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.
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