Farmer Brothers Brews Business Success at New North Texas Home

The daily grind at Farmer Brothers new facility in Northlake goes beyond satisfaction in a job well done — you can actually taste it one sip at a time.

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If you’ve recently had a cup of coffee at a restaurant, convention center, casino, or other institution, there’s a very good chance it was Farmer Brothers coffee.

And, if it was, it came from the company’s state-of-the-art headquarters and production facility in Northlake, the Denton County city to which Farmer Brothers relocated last year from its longtime home in Torrance, California.

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Farmer Brothers President and CEO Michael Keown proudly shows off the company’s new headquarters in Northlake. [Photo by Lance Murray]

The 535,000-square-foot facility sits along Interstate 35W, directly across from Texas Motor Speedway. It’s a location executives say fits their needs to build the company that was founded in 1912.

“It really checked every box.”
Michael Keown on the Northlake location

“It really checked every box,” President and CEO Michael Keown says, of the location that enhanced the company’s ability to import 24 million to 28 million pounds of coffee beans a year — mostly from Central and South America — roast them, and ship the finished product all across the nation.

That happens thanks to a 125,000-square-foot roasting plant and a 315,000 distribution warehouse.

FARMER BROTHERS IS ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

Inside the headquarters, employees are encouraged to visit the Public Domain for a cup of coffee to drink while they work. The coffee shop-like area features hot- and cold-brew coffees that can be made via multiple types of machines and coffee makers.

Environmentally conscious, Farmer Brothers’ headquarters facility was constructed with 10 percent recycled materials, and is expected to receive LEED Silver certification.

Daniel Cifuentes, left, producer relations coordinator, and Molly Laverty, director of sustainability, talk business over coffee in near their cubicles. They are sitting under light fixtures made from recycled cardboard. Employees were allowed to give ideas about how the cubicles would be built and utilized during planning for the new headquarters. [Photo by Lance Murray]


KEY PLAYERS

General Contractor: EMJ Corp. 
Project Architect: RGA Architects of Roanoke 
Headquarters interior design: Gensler & Associates 
Construction Program Management: Faithful + Gould
Real Estate: Stream Realty


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Farmer Brothers new headquarters building sits on Interstate 35W in Northlake, directly across from the Texas Motor Speedway. [Photo by Lance Murray]


BY THE NUMBERS

535,000 SF
Total size of Northlake headquarters and distribution facility

125,000 SF
Total roasting room space

Approximately $90 million
Total cost of construction

110 miles
Amount of wiring used for equipment controls in the roasting plant

16 million pounds
Green bean warehouse storage capacity

1 mile
Length of coffee transportation conveyors

750,000
Approximate number of construction labor hours to build the facility


GALLERY

Photos by Lance Murray

Beautiful coffee pots, carafes, and freshly roasted coffee beans are used in the Public Domain area.

Gerard Bastiaanse, senior vice president of marking at Farmer Brothers, shows off the Public Domain area where employees can go, brew a fresh coffee, and either relax or do work. The table in the foreground is make of coffee tree wood.

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A multi-tiered meeting area on the first floor of Farmer Brothers’ new headquarters features lots of wood and stairs next to the seating. Staff meetings and evens are held in the area that sits adjacent to employee eating areas.

A modern coffee roaster, left, sits next to a roaster from the early 20th century in the Pilot Plant area of the Farmer Brothers headquarters.


A version of this article appeared in the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review, Spring 2018.


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