Culture Cooler.: Playful Real Estate in Costa Rica, Texas and the UK. April 25

on the range

Hacienda AltaGracia, instagram

Hacienda AltaGracia, instagram


Costa Rica


Hospitality can be a good friend to coffee. Proving it, is Costa Rica’s Hacienda AltaGracia, a mountain based resort in the south of Costa Rica along the mountains Pérez Zeledón.  Its come to universal readership attention due to its just bestowed honor as the “best new resort in Central America.” And, its on this culture’s attention for its intentional inclusion of coffee culture, “originally conceived and developed as a family retreat and coffee farm.”

Estate Coffee Company, instagram

Estate Coffee Company, instagram


TWO. San Antonio, Texas

open estate

San Antonio got a soft piece of real estate in the form of a new specialty coffee shop, Estate Coffee Company. Soft green hued shelving holds the letters of its coffee menu which will caffeinate Texas’ Eastside. Opening with bites from local purveyors and small batch roasts – roasting done in-house and on premise. What’s intriguing about the opening is the education behind the joint venture of Estate Coffee Company and Oak & Salt Quality Goods to create a space that forwards the intelligence of coffee and spices.



The Shuttle Interactive Coffee Table,

THREE. United Kingdom

lift off

Play is going to pinball levels. A pinball machine, Shuttle Interactive Coffee Table, created by Altar Furniture is Star Trek cult collectible at its finest. It has original accoutrements like, a pinball play field, LED lighting and four built in meteorites.At € 7828 its still in stock, going where some collectible man/woman is willing to go.