Te Aro


Akendi created a full brand system, including corporate identity, website, signage and supporting collateral materials to help launch this indie favourite.


Strategy, Research, Brand Design, & Web UX Design


Case study overview
Te Aro coffee brand Design

The challenge

With the goal of standing out in an already crowded coffee market, Te Aro wanted an identity that conveyed a sense of quality, trustworthiness and fun to promote its locally produced, air-roasted premium coffee. The new company’s identity, packaging, website and signage also needed to convey credibility and create instant presence to support growth in wholesale and service contracts for high-end restaurants and cafes.

Te Aro coffee packaging Design

Akendi understood our vision and actualized it through their design process. Their identity design for te aro is distinctive and creative, and they produced excellent visuals for our store, including packaging, labels, and business cards.

Director, Te Aro (Pilot Coffee Roasters),
Jessie Wilkin

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Our approach

Akendi first conducted a workshop to help determine the audience, brand contact scenarios and the competitive landscape, which was used to guide the design process. The solution is a simple, modern and bold design that reflects the distinctive yet approachable qualities of Te Aro Roasted.

The warm and inviting colour palette incorporates colours chosen to reflect the natural beauty of coffee berries and beans and to represent Te Aro’s exotic coffee flavours.

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Te Aro’s packaging and brand have been received with great enthusiasm by customers and critics alike. The branding helped Te Aro win the Krups Cup of Excellence award, which recognizes top indie cafes in Canada. In just one year, they were able to open a second location and have evolved the brand into a network of cafes and roasters. The package design was also a finalist in the Design Edge Regional Design Awards.

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About Akendi

Akendi is a human experience design firm, leveraging equal parts experience research and creative design excellence. We provide strategic insights and analysis about customer and user behaviour and combine this knowledge with inspired design. The results enable organizations to improve effectiveness, engage users and provide remarkable customer experiences to their audiences.