The K Bean Journey - Hobby to Business
Paul here. I'm a family man and with a passion for travel, hiking, freediving, science and all things coffee.
After many years of obsession with coffee and Italian coffee machines I decided to have a little fun with a hobby business. ...and K Bean was born. Here's a little run down of the K Bean Journey.
Let's start off with the K. The “K” comes from the Ethiopian goat herder, Kaldi, who, as legend has it, discovered the eye opening nature of coffee when he observed the spirited behaviour of his bean-eating goats. Wow, my first "brand." How exciting! I quickly slapped together a very simple K Bean logo.
I advertised on Facebook and letterbox dropped to offer manual brewing kits with in-home training for Beaumaris locals. My goal was to show people how to make great coffee at home and have a little fun along the way. People were soon asking for my home-roasted beans so I set up an old-school “drop box” honesty system. In the pictures below you can see me looking happy (and yes, slightly over-branded) and your can see my first employees heading off to work. We were having a ball.
I built a website and started offering a larger range of equipment including manual brewing systems, cold drip towers, Italian coffee machines, grinders and accessories. The picture below shows my boy at work, labelling coffee bags. On the RHS is one of his school projects. Not a bad piece of work for a 7 year old.
I was soon selling a decent number of Italian coffee machines, grinders and accessories to Melbourne locals and also, shipping coffee gear all over the country. It was soon time for a new website and a new logo.
People often ask me how K Bean has taken off and I tell them that it's because coffee is my hobby. It was my own home barista journey along with many years on coffee forums (with over 3000 posts) that put me in a great position to fill my website with quality content including easy-to-follow buying guides, espresso workflows and helpful FAQs. Of course, energy is the driver of any small business and energy is sky high when your business is also your hobby.
I feel very fortunate. I started a little hobby business and within a few years I had formed a Pty Ltd Company. A few years later I had served over 3000 customers. In 2018 I delivered a coffee machine to “The Block” and in 2019 I’m heading off to the birthplace of Coffee Arabica - Kaffa province in Ethiopia. Wow! what a ride.
cI’m enjoying myself and it's all thanks to you ...so thanks to past and present customers as well as a preemptive thanks to future customers. Many of you are interstate, but Melbourne coffee machine buyers have been able to visit me for training. It's the people I meet that give me the biggest boost.
Thank you for trusting me and my home barista Buying Guides to help you with choosing the very best Italian coffee machines, grinders and espresso accessories for your home.
Enjoy you own home barista journey :)