5 More Container Coffee Shops

Container coffee shops are becoming a new trend, adding to the popularity of shipping container architecture or cargotecture.

Cargo containers have quickly become a go to alternative option for businesses and organizations when it comes to building design.

We’ve talked about how companies are creating unique modern designs and opportunities by building with shipping containers

As part of our look at some shipping container restaurants, we highlighted a few coffee shops and cafes. A popular example is that of Starbucks.

Due to construction and location limitations, Starbucks has built a few of their stores out of shipping containers.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at 5 more container coffee shops from businesses delivering coffee inventively.

5 More Container Coffee Shops


1. Salute Jetty – NSW, Australia

Located on Jetty Beach near Coffs Harbor in New South Wales, Salute Jetty is actually a satellite location of sorts for Salute Expresso.

Salute Jetty Container Coffee Shop
Salute Jetty Coffee

Jetty Beach is a popular spot for NSW residents and Salute Jetty’s container coffee shop has become a popular attraction, with their coffee voted as Coff’s best coffee shop.

Salute Jetty doesn’t just serve coffee on the beach – many residents enjoy the acai bowls, raw puddings, and wraps.

The coffee shop was created using a 20-foot shipping container.


2. Liquid Planet – Missoula, MN

Liquid Planet started as an effort to create an evolution of the coffeehouse by a college professor.

Since then, Liquid Planet has become a premium mix of coffeehouse and beverages, dedicated to rising the culture of coffee.

Liquid Planet began plans for a new location at the entrance of the newly renovation Missoula International Airport and decided building with containers was the way to go.

Liquid Planet Container Coffee Shop
Liquid Planet Missoula

Using two 40-foot ISO shipping containers, the new kiosk location further aligns with the coffee shop’s mission for sustainability.

Company owner Chad Morgan hopes that this won’t be the only Liquid Planet location that will be building using shipping containers.


3. Hummingbird Coffee – Christchurch, New Zealand

Hummingbird Coffee at Re:Start Container Mall
Hummingbird Coffee

Created as one of the first businesses inside the Re:Start Container Mall in New Zealand, Hummingbird Coffee was only supposed to be a temporary pop up shop.

Re:Start was a rebuilding of the local shops and businesses that had been destroyed after the February 2011 earthquake.

The entire area was built using recycled shipping containers.

Sadly, Hummingbird Coffee closed its doors in 2016, while the mall itself permanently closed in 2018.

Hummingbird Coffee still operates its other locations in the city.


4. The Shack at Moorebank Sports Club – NSW, Australia

Another popular destination for NSW residents, The Shack is located within the Moorebank Sports Club, also known as the Sporties.

After a major facelift in 2010, the Sporties Club wanted to take advantage of the empty car park outside of the club’s facilities.

The Shack offers coffee and food for morning traffic going to and from the club, with outside seating using a 20-foot shipping container.

The Shack Container Coffee Shop
The Shack at Moorebank Sporties Club


5. Chaiwalla & Co Container Café – Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Chaiwalla & Co Container Café has been a standard beverage provider in the city of Johor Bahru back when it was still just a main street kiosk.

Since then, the small business has grown to be a popular destination for visitors and residents alike.

Chaiwalla & Co Container Cafe
Chaiwalla & Co

Originally built using two 40-foot standard shipping containers, Chaiwalla & Co is the destination for the customizable drinks.

The original Thai milk tea is favorite, with the ability to top it off with a variety of choices.

Recently, the container café underwent an exterior facelift, that combines more greenery to compliment their unique container aesthetic.

Chaiwalla & Co Updated Container Cafe
Chaiwalla & Co Updated Look

The Advantages of Shipping Containers


These are such some of the different designs and concepts that can be had when using shipping containers.

ISO steel containers have evolved from their original purpose as transport containers.

Storage containers, for instance, have been a great resource for both businesses and homeowners when it comes to extra storage.

Pop up shops, as we mentioned with Hummingbird Coffee, are a growing opportunity for businesses to try out new locations or products to new customers.

In this blog, we looked at 5 container coffee shops. As mentioned, shipping containers can be used for a variety of design concepts.

Containers are sustainable and eco-friendly, which is why they are being using by Liquid Planet.

They are also cost-efficient when compared to traditional building construction costs and time frames.

If your business is interested in using shipping containers, give our offices a call at 800.686.9114 or fill out the contact form below.


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