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Success is brewing for roastery

Beankind’s owners found it hugely helpful to talk to people in the know when setting up the coffee roastery.

About the business

Amanda and Keith Grant set up Beankind, a coffee roastery, in Lossiemouth in 2017. The pair have worked hard to get the business up and running, and to build the Beankind website. Now their efforts are being repaid in the great feedback they get from their customers.

“Coffee has always been a topic of conversation in our home,” Keith says. “After trying our hand at home roasting, we enrolled on a professional coffee roasting course. We were hooked and from there it felt like a natural progression for us to start our own coffee business.”

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How Business Gateway has helped

Amanda and Keith had originally gone to Business Gateway Moray to discuss buying an existing roastery. In the end, they decided to build their own business from scratch.

“We then sought Lorna Williamson’s advice again when we began to put plans together for Beankind,” says Keith. “The vast knowledge and experience that the team have means you can go to them with any question and they will have or will find the solution for you.

“Talking to family and friends is a great starting point, but often they tell you what you want to hear. So, without a doubt, speak to those in the know.”

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What’s next?

The eventual aim is for Beankind to be a brand that’s recognised far and wide – and the couple want to achieve this without cutting any corners.

“We cup our coffees weekly, which helps us maintain high quality, so we’d like to get this message out and expand our customer base,” Keith says. “We want to grow the business but we feel it’s important to keep to our ethics of small batch and hand crafted as we do.”

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