Bench Coffee

Bench Coffee

Food & Drink

Contact details

T: 060 986 5676

About

Bench Coffee began as an idea to generate some funds for our local church and find a way to create meaningful ways to employ young people who have little opportunities around our community.  In 2016 we kicked off with a stand in the parking lot of our local primary school feeding happiness to parents on the dreaded school run.  It turned out to be a great idea as we found getting small children hooked on caffeine meant loyal, long lasting customers.

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Hey, my name is Ant Carr and I live in Salt Rock on the North Coast of KZN.  I’ve wrestled a live crocodile, eaten my fair share of fruit bats and cannot believe we live in a time where standing in lines is still a thing.

History of bench

Bench Coffee began as an idea to generate some funds for our local church and find a way to create meaningful ways to employ young people who have little opportunities around our community.  In 2016 we kicked off with a stand in the parking lot of our local primary school feeding happiness to parents on the dreaded school run.  It turned out to be a great idea as we found getting small children hooked on caffeine meant loyal, long lasting customers.

It evolved into a mobile coffee and espresso bar servicing all manner of events and companies.  Over the last two years we have been experimenting with the use of containers and custom built pods as a means to setup exciting and interesting mini cafes.  Going forward these kiosks will be popping up in various office parks, estates and even in your backyard.  We have developed a high level barista training program that ranges from simple coffee appreciation to pouring the perfect espresso.  We use this to educate our customers and train future baristas.

Passions

I love creating community.  Seeing a group of  people coming together, finding value in taking their time to connect with each other, their loved ones and themselves.  Coffee does things, I don’t brew and sell coffee simply to add some coin to my own pocket.  It does things.  It helps create and grow community.  More than the coffee itself, this is a passion I have.

Beans

We’ve been partnering with Thirdspace Coffee  and Blue Bird Coffee Roasters over the last few months. Besides the incredible blends, service and dedication of these guys they are committed to fair and ethical trade. It’s not something we often think about when we get our daily fix but when you come to terms with how that coffee gets to you, hopefully you’ll understand the high cost of cheap coffee.

Currently farmers around the world are being affected by a cost of production way above their sale price of raw green coffee. This is mainly due to circumstances beyond their control where the price of commodity coffee has fallen through the floor. Simply put, farmers are having to sell coffee below cost of production.

The boys at Thirdspace Coffee are trying to tackle this problem by buying specialty coffee, direct trade with farmers and taking less profit for the sake of these farmers. Follow @thirdspace.coffee @brewingwithben to find out more and how you can help.

Get Out

If anything, I want Bench Coffee to be brand that encourages people to get out.  To find time to surf, run and ride. We love setting up our spaces around anything that means people being able to be outside and have fun.  Besides the epic (PUMP TRACK NAME) at Eden Village we also have two other stations at Tiffany’s Beach in Salt Rock and Simbithi Office park.  Its unbelievably exciting to see people coming down to our beach location to walk dogs, run surf and enjoy the outside.

Aloha

Aloha means both hello and goodbye. But its range of meaning encompasses all of the complexities, pains and joy of life.  Being both hello and goodbye it illustrates how life is a cycle of experiences to be lived out.  It begins and ends, all the while we have the opportunity to make the most of this short time.  Not being shy of every part life has for us, from struggle to success.  Aloha is found in all of it.