Jonny McKessar took inspiration from a trip to South America to start his own coffee roastery. He spoke to the team about his business.
What is your company background, how did you start the business?
“I started 3 Beans in 2010 having recently completed a trip through Central America looking at the lives of coffee farmers. In 2013, I got into business with Steve and Sarah Vanderput and together we have formed the company to what it is today, that being a company operating a coffee roastery, a bakery (Scratch) and four cafes.”
What is the current product range and variants and how do these products stand out in the market?
“Coffee is pretty straight forward really, we roast really good beans, and support our customers really well. Coffee supply is a lot more than couriering out beans; we want to make sure our customers are succeeding as a cafe, so we help in whatever ways we can. So roasting awesome coffee is just the start.”
Has there been any recent company news?
“We’ve gone through period of growth recently having recently re-branded late last year. The transition to our new brand was really well received by customers and we’ve seen that translate into sales. Jordy Rimell came on board as our Head Roaster late last year and we’ve recently welcomed Hayley Allen to the team to help us support our accounts.”
What are the plans for the business moving forward, is there any expansion on the horizon?
“We’re starting to look for a new roastery as we’re reaching capacity in our current site. We expect this to take around a year so it will an exciting time for us moving forward to find a new place to call home. Growth is always a focus but slow and steady. We’re really proud of what we do and how we do it, and we don’t want to take our eyes off that by growing too fast in the market.”
Where are your products currently available to buy, and are you looking at or wanting to expand your availability?
“We’re a B2B company mainly, supplying cafes across Auckland. National expansion is a possibility but I’m also excited about getting our coffee into more homes through our retail packs as the public becoming more discerning about the quality of coffee.”