Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own business and being their own boss?
I have for a very long time and I’m going to share with you my brief story so far.
Australia and their coffee …
If you have ever travelled to Australia, you will already know their insatiable appetite for coffee and the exceedingly high expectations of their perfect morning jolt to go with it!
Whilst travelling, I got a job at a coffee and juice bar and got the full coffee experience complete with training. I rapidly developed my own idea of coffee perfection (and with it became a bit of a coffee snob!). I enjoyed the job so much, I knew this is what I wanted to do.
So I came back to England and trained as a teacher! Not quite following the dream, however, I didn’t have the money to open a shop and I didn’t just want to work for minimum wage serving coffee someone else’s way which I deem as sub standard (coffee snob alert).
Getting the idea rolling
A few years into teaching, an opportunity arose which meant I could lay the first stepping stone to my goal.
A friend was selling his coffee van, and when I saw it, I instantly fell in love and had a vision for this van’s future. I bought the van and decided to re-brand it with my own logo and personality. With my surname being Kingshott the task of coming up with the company name King Shots Coffee wasn’t an arduous, keep you up all night job, but I think its rather fitting!
There was a lot of things to do before getting to this stage: meetings, designers, ordering equipment, tasting coffee, stockists, insurances … the list goes on, ‘Can I not just go and make people delicious coffee yet?’ I kept asking myself.
Once I had everything in place, I needed events. And my first event happened to be for Prue Leith. It was safe to say I was very nervous, as I would be serving coffee for the Great British Menu judge on my very first solo venture. This turned out to be a great success and had some amazing feedback from her guests and from Prue herself which meant a lot to me. I did over estimate how much milk I would use however, and ended up bringing home 80 pints of milk!
Since then I have been invited to serve coffee at the home rugby games for The All Golds rugby team, served coffee to a host of supporting parents and teachers at a few athletics events, RovinFest and a few other intimate events with more to look forward to.
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