Mt Atkinson Coffee Roasters

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Derrick Lin


Agency: 485 Design
Design Director: Nathan Chambers
Senior Designer: Danny Carlsen
Photography: Luke Harvey, Jamie Wright
Senior Planner: Debbie Giness
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Mt Atkinson Coffee Roasters
Location: Auckland City, New Zealand
Packaging Contents: Coffee
Packaging Materials: Paper, Porcelain Cups

Being a premium West Auckland (North Island of New Zealand) coffee roaster, we liked the contradiction between coffee being refined, sophisticated and fashionable – yet produced in an area that is generally the opposite of this. Kind of ‘heavy metal gothic’ meets your ‘rich uncle’. The strategy was to be blatant but approachable, black and white, combining these two different worlds into one. A ‘Refined Westie’. (Westie [wes-tee] noun. The term ‘Westie’ is used as a stereotype to describe a people group loosely defined as: a) working class, b) bogun, c) unfashionable, d) rough around the edges, e) good natured but cheeky, f) brash, g) often defined by clothing like denim, black heavy metal tees and black skinny jeans).

The ‘Rough’ stereotype, the location of the business, and the sensory values of coffee were the key ideas joined to the brand. Helping to give it’s own distinctive personality. A simple black and white palette runs through the packaging, the identity and interior spaces – reinforcing the character.

We felt that there was a rich story to tell – so all the packaging pokes fun at the contradicting social classes through rhythmical short tales and statements.

We think it’s okay to be a little ‘rough around the edges’.

What’s Unique?
What’s unique is the rough but refined persona has been carried through everything that Mt Atkinson Coffee does. We’ve used recycled, uncoated paper, a distressed typeface placed over elegant shots from the west coast of Auckland – all in black and white. From the simple and rustic packaging to the porcelain cups and the old factory the coffee is roasted in (also used as a cafē to showcase the product) as well as the limited edition art prints and other artisan products on show.