Red Bay Coffee Expands
The former bank will house a cupping lab, design studio, story-sharing area, and more.
Image: Rolando Brown
Red Bay Coffee recently began expanding into a new building to be called its International Headquarters: a former bank at 3136 International Blvd. in Oakland's Fruitvale district.
“It’s exciting to expand again in our own neighborhood and to partner with more mission-driven companies and sustainable farmers around the world,” said Red Bay CEO Keba Konte, who founded the micro-roastery that became Red Bay in his own home in 2014.
Konte formerly founded Berkeley's Guerilla Café.
After opening Red Bay's Public Roastery on East 10th Street, the enterprising artist established the company's presence in additional retail locations, including a a coffee bar that opened inside the company's 6,000-square-foot production facility two years ago.
Work is now underway to complete the new headquarters, which will house a growing team of workers and offer diverse coffee experiences — including a state-of-the-art cupping lab as well as a design studio. The headquarters will also feature an industrial-style bank vault repurposed into a space for "community story exchange."
Early stages of the expansion included partnering with local artist Angel Chavez, who has painted numerous murals throughout Oakland. From sunrise to sunset on August 21, Chavez painted the company's motto, "Beautiful Coffee to the People," on the Fruitvale Avenue flank of the former bank.