A coffee break with...

A coffee break with...

What does your job typically entail?
My days are pretty varied. I work with my roastery and shop team to make sure we always progressing what we do, sourcing, roasting and brewing the most amazing coffee we can find. I travel quite a bit to coffee festivals and trade shows around the world, and am lucky enough to collaborate on a variety of coffee technology and research projects. The challenge is prioritising it all.

How did you get into the industry?
When I was younger, I loved hospitality and discovering the potential of coffee in Melbourne, Australia. My wife Lesley and I tried to visit and meet all companies and people we could to learn from, but also quickly started our own business as a way of exploring the industry.

We set up our first coffee company, providing lovingly crafted coffees at events around the UK. Travelling far and wide, we brewed espresso through the night at music festivals and for rain-soaked crowds at regattas.

It was fun, but we quickly wanted a physical space to build something special for people from far and wide to visit, as well as creating a hub to explore coffee. The fruit of this vision is our Colonna and Small’s store in Bath, which is dedicated to showcasing coffee as a drink full of flavour, complexity and experience.

What’s your favourite part of your working day?
The days vary so much. Any of the great interactions around coffee are a highlight for me, whether it’s a roast profile tasting perfect or a customer wanting to discuss something about coffee.

And your least favourite?
My seemingly never-ending starred e-mails.

What’s your favourite food and beverage?
My favourite beverage is, of course, coffee! Wine comes a close second, though. Food-wise, I love a great pizza.

And your least favourite?
I am intrigued by most things… maybe matte and high salt content food.

What is the biggest factor currently affecting the OOH industry?
Wow, there are so many! I think a couple on my mind are the retail landscape in the UK right now; sustainable packaging and sourcing; and always seeking to improve team engagement and development.

What one piece of advice would you offer someone working in the OOH industry?
It is such an exciting industry! Find the aspect you are most passionate about and explore it all with the goal of contributing to its development.