Announcing the Design Lab Winners at the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle

Announcing the Design Lab Winners at the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle

By VICENTE PARTIDA

Great coffee is synonymous with great design, and increasingly serves a critical function in distinguishing specialty coffee. Design Lab seeks to celebrate this effort through three key platforms, coffee spaces, coffee vessels and a packaging showcase.

Design Lab is a platform for showcasing great design in specialty coffee, taking place at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle. Design Lab was established at our 2016 Expo in Atlanta, focusing initially on coffee packaging, but grew in 2017 to include drinking vessels and spaces, both educational and retail.

Hundreds of submissions were received last year, and carefully evaluated for originality, function and sustainability by a panel of judges representing guild leadership and independent designers. New to this year, first-place winners will be announced for each category too, in addition to the selection of the best submissions.

What Is Design Lab?

Great coffee is synonymous with great design, and increasingly serves a critical function in distinguishing specialty coffee. Design Lab seeks to celebrate this effort through three key platforms, coffee spaces, coffee vessels and a packaging showcase.

  • Category: Coffee Vessels – Design Lab Vessels explores some of the most charming and original designs for anything you drink coffee from – paper cups, travel mugs, ceramics, glassware etc.
  • Category: Coffee Spaces – The Design Lab Spaces exhibit showcases incredible retail, education, and production environments designed for coffee.
  • Category: Coffee Packaging – Design Lab Packaging identifies some of the most compelling coffee packaging designs from the past year. 

 

Competition Benefits

Design Lab seeks to highlight the best in our industry. Winners in each category will be recognized at the Specialty Coffee Expo and on SCA News. Additionally, each winner receives a special digital mark to signify their win.

You can see all of the entries to Design Lab on display in the Skybridge Lobby and South Exhibition Hall. Judges will be evaluating the entries during the weekend, with winners announced on Sunday. Check out the entries for yourself, and tell us what you think on social media!

2018 Design Lab Winners:

ELIXR COFFEE | Packaging

KICKAPOO COFFEE ROASTERS | Spaces

SOMA | Vessels

 

Hundreds of submissions were received and carefully evaluated for originality, function, and sustainability by a panel of judges representing Guild leadership and independent designers. Winners in each category are recognized at the Expo and receives a special digital mark to signify their win.