Release Date: Jan 13, 2018
Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning?
Absolutely. My family would say that I’m horrible without it.
How many coffees do you have everyday?
1 or 2
Do you remember the last time you went a day without coffee?
No, I’ve not been that foolish.
Favorite non-Supreme cafe in the world?
Several! Seven Seeds (Melbourne) and Heart (Portland).
Best city in the world for coffee?
Wellington on a good day, but probably Melbourne wins that award.
Recently, what single origin excites you the most?
I’ve been drinking a lot of Costa Rica coffee over the last month.
Favorite food that goes with coffee?
You can’t go past coffee and toast, mate!
How do you take your coffee?
Black. My preference is filter coffee – no milk, no sugar.. and with toast!
What type of coffee setup do you have at home?
An old Mazzer M100 grinder – actually it was the first M100 that was ever brought into New Zealand! And a V60! That’s the way we start the day!
A really delicious cup of coffee you had recently?
Rocket Coffee in Hamilton – they do a great job.
Can you remember the most expensive cup of coffee you’ve had?
No, I can’t… I don’t recall ever paying a ridiculous amount… probably because I work in the business!
How many Coffee Supremes are there?
There’s Coffee Supreme in New Zealand.. and Coffee Supreme in Australia.. and now with a small toe in the water – there’s Coffee Supreme here in Japan. You could say there’s three – but we’re all the one Coffee Supreme.
How many staff do you employ?
You’re answer might have been Tokyo… but which city would you love to open in one day?
My answer is Tokyo. That’s where our focus is.
Who inspires you in life?
Inspiration comes from many diffierent directions. I’m inspired by Ghandi. And I’m inspired by the woman who gave Trump the middle finger while his motorcade passed by. And there’s a huge range in between.
Best thing about starting a coffee company?
Growing a team that almost becomes like an extension of your family.. it’s really about bringing people up with you.
Worst thing about your job now?
There’s no really bad thing about my job. The company can stand on it’s two feet now… and I’m able to appreciate it for what it has become.
Did you have any part time jobs growing up?
Heaps! The most obscure was working in an old telephone exchange, where you’d plug the calls in and out with a quarter inch jack plug.
As founder, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
Hire people who are much smarter than yourself, and develop them!
If you weren’t founder of Coffee Supreme, what would you be doing?
I’d be probably living in a hovel writing poetry!
Interview by Vaughan (@vja)
Photography by Nik van der Giesen (@nvdg81)