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Barista – The button pusher, right?

When recruiting a new staff member, I always ask one simple question: why did you choose to be a barista? The answers are very often like this: they like to chat with customers, they like coffee, they just need an easy job to pay the rent. Very few people talk about their passion for coffee […]


The Menu

The Menu By Michael Ryan O’Riordan Confusion. Vexation. Consternation. Rage. These are the feelings coursing through every customer as they enter yet another speciality coffee shop that has it’s very own interpretation of cup sizes, milk densities and coffee to milk ratios. Not to mention the fact that every one of these menus consists (usually) […]

The Artisan Journey


Change can be scary and good!

Recently two of our top team have moved on to set up their own coffee shop and we are absolutely delighted for them and have been helping them in any way we can. At the same time however, I vividly remember sitting across the table from these guys as they told us that after four […]


Your network

It is only now, four years in that we are beginning to understand the importance of building a good network around you. We’re talking about those plumbers, electricians, printers, accountants, builders, solicitors and babysitters that are so vital – and the list is endless. The one bit of advice we can give is to look […]