Little Bear Espresso Co In Albuquerque, NM
Thanks to Little Bear Coffee Co in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we have a quick recap for the summer expansions. They’re not just a coffee shop, they’re a coffee shop and all. Or rather “& Stuff”.
While renovating a 6,000-square-foot building – perhaps too big to be just a coffee shop – Little Bear is also home to an upcycled clothing store, jewelry store, and leather store, not to mention their own distillery and speakeasy. The new room will be open soon, so let’s get one last sneak peek on the way out. We’re checking out the new Little Bear Coffee Co in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The build-outs of summer 2019 will be presented by Pacific Barista Series, notNeutral, KeepCup and Mill City Roasters.
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For those who are unfamiliar, tell us about your company?
Little Bear Coffee is a coffee company based in Albuquerque, NM. We opened our first café in December 2017. Our mission is simple: “Love people, drink coffee.” In other words, we are people people over coffee people (but … still coffee people, sure). We do everything we can to provide a great customer experience. Be it through customer service, atmosphere, product quality or just having fun. We strive to do our best to make everyone feel welcome and therefore one of our little bears. We now have two beautiful cafes and a roastery that we are very proud of.
Little Bear loves the city we are in and we do everything we can to make it even better and more fun. We do this by providing coffee education, fun events (camping trips with little bears, markets for local vendors, etc.) and working with as many other great local businesses as possible. We’ve been pretty busy the past two years and we couldn’t be more grateful for our city’s support. We can’t wait to see what the next two years have in store for us!
Can you tell us something about the new room?
Our new space is located on historic Route 66 in Albuquerque in the heart of Nob Hill (our favorite spot in ABQ). The building has a long history and we try to honor this as we expand the space according to our needs. First, the building was a gas station that eventually became a car dealership that focused on resealing tires. We focused on making the design so that it feels like a car dealership but is a lot cleaner and more modern.
The building itself is over 6,000 square meters and our company is doing the entire renovation. In addition to our cafe, we will have several other local businesses right next door! Little Bear will open and manage a retail collective called “& Stuff” in our building, which will have more than 10 local retailers including: Neo-Thread (ethical and upcycled clothing), Tres Cuervos (men’s leather goods), Tumble (handmade) ladies jewelry) and much more! We’ll also have Primsa Hair Studio and Organ Mountain Outfitters.
In addition to our love of craft coffee, we also love spirits and will be opening our own distillery this year! There is a speakeasy cocktail bar in the basement of our cafe serving craft cocktails, all made with our own spirits. It’s just a beautiful concrete basement right now, but we hope we can build this by next spring. We will also have a couple of permanent local food trucks on our patio. We hope to offer you such a comfortable space, with so many options, that you can have a coffee and stay all day!
How do you deal with coffee?
Our approach to coffee is totally customer-focused. We really appreciate the support of our current and future customers and would like to show our gratitude by offering the best cup of coffee possible. This includes, but is not limited to: always learning, continual recipe development, sourcing incredible coffee, purchasing quality equipment, etc.
We will do everything we can to show our customers how much they mean to us and we prefer to give them the best mug possible.
Any machines, coffee, special equipment in a row?
We are very excited about Synesso’s newest espresso machine, the S200. Our San Franciscan SF 25 roaster was also a new equipment purchase for us and we really loved it.
How does your project view sustainability?
As mentioned earlier, Little Bear is redeveloping the entire building. So we think about sustainability in many ways. We specifically chose a building that already had a lot of good things but just needed to be updated and added. There were several other developers who had this building under contract before us, but each one fell apart because they wanted to tear it down and rebuild a new building, but luckily neither of them could see it with a pencil. We find a lot of beauty in historical buildings and we are really grateful that we saved this building and left as much of the building behind as possible. We even reused the cinder blocks we took from one of the rooms to build our bar!
What is your hopeful opening date / month?
We are fully open at the end of September!
Do you work with craftsmen, architects and / or creatives you’d like to mention?
We have an amazing friend and contractor named Justo who is amazing with metal and concrete and who made all of our custom tables. We would also like to thank all of the local companies who will join us in this development!
Many Thanks! We really appreciate what your company is doing for the coffee community.
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23 September 2019