Kali Coffee Roasters: Crafting Chiapas Culture

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Project Info

Official Project Name: Kali Coffee Roasters
Location: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León, Mexico
Project completion date: December 2021
Art Direction: Alejandro Peña Villarreal


Alejandro Peña Villarreal (Head Architect)
Chiara Bartolacelli (Interior Design)
José María Cuevas (Architect)
Andrea Verastegui (Industrial Design)


Apertura Arquitectónica (Architecture Photography)
Recording Architecture (Architecture Photography)
Grupo Meraki (Brand & Aditional Photos)

Kali Coffee Roasters®: A Distinctive Introduction

Nestled in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, Kali Coffee Roasters® emerges as a beacon of quality and culture, meticulously cultivated by Concentrico. This Mexican coffee company, led by seasoned cafetaleros with over three decades of experience in cultivating premium coffee beans in the rustic regions of Chiapas, sets a new standard for enriching coffee cups worldwide. The name “Kali,” derived from the Nahuatl language, translates to “home,” symbolizing the company’s deeply rooted philosophy and values that have been nurtured through generations. Beyond coffee, Kali Coffee Roasters® nurtures its community members by offering essential living, health, and educational programs.

Architectural Marvel: A Journey through Kali Coffee Roasters®

Embarking on a journey into the world of Kali Coffee Roasters®, Concentrico discovered more than just a coffee company; they uncovered a vibrant community. The homes of this community are an embodiment of tradition, featuring wooden and earthen walls adorned with handcrafted clay tiles that protect against the elements. These clay tiles, once an integral part of the roof, have been ingeniously incorporated into the interior design. This design choice not only preserves the community’s way of life but also provides a unique, inviting texture that has become a hallmark of the brand. Beyond aesthetics, the curved tiles and lattice serve a functional purpose by enhancing acoustics, absorbing and deflecting sound waves. When bathed in the gentle embrace of light, the texture gains depth, casting shadows reminiscent of coffee beans, seamlessly connecting the space to the product.

The Coffee Bar: The Heart of the Experience

At Kali Coffee Roasters®, the coffee bar takes center stage, intentionally placed for all clients to witness the magic in the making. The design embraces an open, industrial style, fostering interactions between customers and staff. Here, baristas showcase their talents in full view, creating a theatrical atmosphere that enhances the coffee-drinking experience.

Time-Honored Craftsmanship: A Glimpse into Kali’s Dedication

Time is a crucial element in the journey of coffee, from soil to cup. This essence of time is expertly portrayed throughout the establishment, notably through the use of walnut wood at the base of the bar and booths. The grain of this wood mirrors the layers of the earth, documenting the painstaking effort required to cultivate coffee. From planting and harvesting to roasting and brewing, every step is a testament to the passage of time. This dedication to time is mirrored in Kali’s sustainable practices, notably through their partnership with Finca La Fortaleza, where Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee is grown. This certification emphasizes biodiversity conservation, responsible farming, and improving the livelihood of the local community.

In a collaborative effort with Ok Design Studio, Kali Coffee Roasters® has meticulously crafted its furniture and light fixtures. Drawing inspiration from local materials, textiles, and designs, they have reinterpreted these elements into unique pieces that resonate with the spirit of Chiapas.

Kali Coffee Roasters® is more than just a place to savor exceptional coffee; it’s an ode to the land, culture, and craftsmanship that goes into every cup. With its commitment to quality, community, and sustainability, it stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of coffee production in Chiapas, Mexico.

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