New cafe and coffee roaster opens downtown

The 200 South block of Edison Street has a new tenant that should help better activate the midblock corridor.  Australian based, Campos Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster has opened in second U.S. flagship store in Salt Lake City.  Its first U.S. store is in Park City.

Campos Coffee’s new location (and ninth flagship store worldwide) at 228 S. Edison Street will be the hub of its roasting operation, set to occupy 4,500 square feet of space and add more than 20 jobs. The new location features an open plan kitchen and a full breakfast and lunch menu that incorporates unique Aussie flavors.

“The diverse neighborhood of downtown SLC is the perfect place for Campos to settle down and build our first US roastery,” said Ian Pope, Campos Coffee U.S. operations manager, in a statement.  “SLC has an impressive array of farm-to-table restaurants and global eateries. With a growing coffee culture and focus on quality produce, it’s no wonder people are moving to this vibrant city–us included.”

According to a statement, Campos Coffee’s philosophy focuses on balancing the needs of the farmer, café owner, coffee drinker and the planet. The company’s focus on specialty coffee will be shared with customers at their new Salt Lake City location. With an open, transparent floor plan, customers can see the entire process, from roasting to the daily coffee cupping practice and get a better understanding of the coffee they are consuming.

“It’s always great when Salt Lake City recruits a new business, but we’re even more excited for a company like Campos Coffee and their global stewardship and work for social good,” said Lara Fritts, Salt Lake City economic development (SLC DED) director, in a statement.

The new cafe occupies a midblock section of a block that is poised for significant redevelopment.  The city is looking for a new developer of the stalled State Street Plaza project.  The original proposal consisted of a ten-story building with ground floor commercial space, 180 residential units, a pedestrian plaza and a pedestrian walkway connecting State Street to Floral and Edison Streets.  City officials released a Request for Qualifications and February and have yet to announce the selection of a developer to take over the defunct project.

Additionally, CW Urban plans to build The Birdie, a proposed six-story 70 unit mixed-use residential development, at the southwest corner of the 200 South and 200 East intersection.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at