Coffee Connections Gateway – 5

Our final post on the Gateway project is the biggest. The point of sale and prep area counters had to be functional and add pop when you walk in.

The prep counters are made of butcher block birch, stained Jacobean, and coated in epoxy resin.

With the sinks and equipment required for a coffee shop, the counters had to be strong and functional. It required many precise cuts and coordination with the electrician and plumber. We built a 2×4 frame for the front of the freestanding counters and covered the customer side in tea stained shiplap. The back side had to be open for employee access and equipment and we used 1″ black pipe legs. The whole thing is bolted to the concrete floor for stability.

The angle presented a challenge to match the overhead ceiling soffit as did an added drain pipe that had to run across the employee access opening. We built a flip-top access for the employees that provides extra prep space when needed.

The point of sale area is the showpiece. We built a custom pastry display under the counter and added LED strip lights to highlight the offered food items.

The counter is a solid slab of locally sourced Scarlet Oak. We planed, sanded, and removed the bark. We then coated it in epoxy resin with no other treatments to bring out the beauty in the grain.

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