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La Grange à Lorgues Building a Lifestyle Coffee Store

Marcel and I have been working with Hamish and Veruschka, of Lorgues Coffee Roasters, on their new website for some time. We love their passion and dedication to providing the yummiest, freshest coffees and teas. Each week they can be found at local markets, and Tuesdays are a home game in Lorgues. Taking a day off, we were finally able to visit them and see them in action at the market. I have to say that their iced coffee lattés are worth the visit alone!

Lorgues Market Iced Coffee

Building on Success

As if building a new website and a new home from scratch isn’t enough, this intrepid couple is taking their business adventure a step further. They scooped up the fabulous spot next to their usual stand on the Tuesday Lorgues market to create the concept store, La Grange à Lorgues.

Lorgues Coffee Roasters Provence Markets

The idea behind this “Barn in Lorgues” is to provide a fantastic experience for locals and tourists alike. Visitors will be able to enjoy a refreshing beverage and a light meal, sitting on a chair that’s for sale along with the table, lamps, cups, saucers, and pretty much everything in sight. That is except for Max, the barista.

Lorgues Market stalls

The Right Partners

Hamish and Veruschka are teaming up with another husband-and-wife duo, Kiki and Dick, who restore antique furniture and can give your more modern pieces a retro look. To simply say they’re lifestyle and home decor enthusiasts, is like saying rosé is quite popular in Provence.

Kiki and Dick will be selling their beautifully restored pieces, and can take on commissions for your pieces that require TLC. Especially handy for second-home owners wanting to add a Provençal flare.

What’s a Lifestyle Coffee Store

We asked Kiki to describe the project experience, “We plan to open a lifestyle shop, where you can have a coffee, have something to eat, but also the idea is that everything that is in the store is also for sale. We’ll do furniture, old and new. We’ll be restoring some local furniture and can paint the furniture you already have. We’ll have lighting, candles, and be concentrating on local products it will be so nice for visitors to be able to take a little piece of Provence home with them.”

Hamish and Veruschka will also be selling their delicious teas and coffee ‘en vrac’ where you can buy the amount you want, bringing your container (or buying one of the items at hand). Essential accessories will also be available, such as reliable coffee grinders. Hamish plans to install a coffee roasting machine in the back of the store during the next phase of the project.

Lorgues Coffee Roasters Provence Roasting Process

They plan to use the large space to showcase local artisans, like potters, ceramicists, weavers, winemakers, local microbreweries, and more. A part of the store could become available for private events and meetings, and they’re still scheming how to make the best use of their secret garden in the back.

We can’t wait to see the progress and look forward to hanging out in a cool space. They will be adding updates to the renovation project via their new Instagram profile @lorguescafe.

Enjoy this video interview with Hamish and Kiki, sharing their visions on what’s in store.

La Grange à Lorgues (website)
13 Avenue du Toulon
83510 Lorgues

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Victoria Koning

Victoria Koning

Victoria and Marcel Koning came to Provence for a 4-month sabbatical and picked up their ‘Digital Nomads’ journey eight years later! Easily seduced by the sunshine and lifestyle harking back to their South African roots, their motto is: Work to Live, Don’t Live To Work. They are currently travelling along the European coastline in their old Land Rover Defender camper.

Their passion is helping small businesses and freelancers with their online presence. You can find them on A Simply Fab Life and learn more about the not-for-profit platform they have founded for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs, NetNomads Community.

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