Salt Lake City, surprisingly, has been a wellspring of third wave style coffee roasters in the past couple of years. Charming Beard appeared in 2012 and Blue Copper Coffee launched in 2013.
The latest roaster to dip its toes in the water is
Matt Bourgeois and Missy Greis, the owners of Publik, opened up a cafe at the Kimball Art Center in Park City earlier this year, but the flagship was always meant to be their massive roasting facility and cafe in Salt Lake City.
Here’s a look inside.
Located at 975 S. West Temple, the word Publik means community in Dutch. | Photo by Billy Yang.
The multi-use space is 13,000 square feet and includes a cafe, roasting facility, event space and offices. | Photo by Billy Yang.
This espresso machine is used for testing and also training. | Photo by Billy Yang
A smaller sample roaster to try out to new beans from suppliers. | Photo by Billy Yang.
Publik is going for third wave style coffee, i.e., small batch, lightly roasted beans. | Photo by Billy Yang
With the infrared heated Diedrich roaster, and attached afterburner, Publik is an environmentally conscious coffee maker. | Photo by Billy Yang.
This location uses a lot of reclaimed materials including these doors, which are over 100 years old. | Photo by Billy Yang.
Publik has a toast program featuring breads from Red Bicycle Breadworks, but “Coffee was always meant to be the star,” Bourgeois said. | Photo by Billy Yang.
Bourgeois and Greis have transformed an industrial space to be warm and inviting place. | Photo by Billy Yang.
There are solar panels on the roof that, on a bluebird day, can generate enough energy to power the whole place for a complete workday. | Photo by Billy Yang.
Coffee is prepared as espresso, pour over, and on an Alpha Dominche Steampunk. | Photo by Billy Yang.
“We built something we knew we would love,” Greis said. | Photo by Billy Yang.
975 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101