Why did they engage us?

Five Senses were just about to enter a new phase of business, expanding its national presence and consolidating within their existing markets.


This activity was the catalyst for a larger, more strategic discussion about their brand proposition and how they were currently positioned in the specialty coffee scene that had evolved over recent years to become more sophisticated and fragmented due to the arrival of numerous micro-roaster brands.

What were we trying to achieve?

Our objective was to craft a new brand proposition that was relevant and dynamic within contemporary cafe culture, whilst also being timeless amongst an overly trend conscious industry. We wanted cafes and baristas to be as proud to display their bags and be associated with the Five Senses brand as they were to serve the delicious coffee to their customers.

We were also tasked with creating an immersive website that showcased the entire coffee journey from origin to cup, providing our customers with greater understanding about the process, production and benefits of direct trade coffee and specialty roasting.

Additionally, we wanted to inspire retail customers to craft and share their own coffee experiences at home by purchasing specialty products through the online store.

Five Senses Coffee

Dynamic packaging design

We created a dynamic visual system to express the ever-changing flavour profiles of the single origin coffee through abstract representation of colour and texture. The result is a bright and exciting range of unique designs that are interesting and beautiful.

Who are they talking to?

Their target audience are cafe owners and baristas, followed by coffee lovers at home. These people are somewhat transient in their behaviour, with many of them on a perpetual coffee discovery. This is something that Five Senses certainly didn’t want to discourage, in fact they also celebrate this type of behaviour through their special release and single origin coffees. The real problem lied in the fact that specialty coffee belongs in the artisanal world, where people sometimes celebrate craft and passion above quality and consistency. Where charismatic people and personalities sometimes rule over trusted brands and process.

Five Senses needed to reconnect. If they could engage these hospitality professionals through meaningful, passionate conversation and evoke a new sense of excitement about the brand they know and trust then people would proudly associate themselves with Five Senses once again. We captured insights from these people and some of their comments resonated strongly;

We remember that Five Senses was once hugely influential and exciting. They were pioneers of the industry, but in recent times they have faded into the background as other new and exciting brands arrive.

Their coffee and service are still awesome, but the brand identity and packaging is looking a little tired these days.