Eight years ago today I left my job in Financial Services. Seven years ago today I opened our first "shop" in the lobby of the Twisted Pepper. Three years ago today we started roasting coffee. Earlier today I picked up the keys to our new 8,500sqft roastery. December 5th has been good to us over the years.
2016 has been quite a year for 3fe and as well as planning for the impending madness that is Christmas, we're also busy setting goals and targets to make 2017 our best yet. In the last year we've opened a new shop, grown our machine distribution business, outgrown our roastery and continued to improve the oddest corner in Dublin as one of Dublin's favourite cafes. We also managed to survive the World Barista Championships coming to town, but we have the scars to prove it!
Now just shy of 30 people we recently hired two new members for our wholesale team, a new trainer for our training school and a new CFO. In the coming months we hope to add a number of new positions, some of which will be aimed at growing our hugely successful coffee subscription programme and webshop. It seems people really enjoy getting coffee posted to them.
All of this would have been in vain if we weren't improving quality as we go and I'm in awe of the team we've built over the years and how they approach their tasks with passion and integrity each working day. We're thankful most of all though to all of our loyal customers in both retail and wholesale who keep coming back week after week, they're a massive part of any success we may see.
We're excited to bring some new ventures to the table next year (details coming soon!) and we're looking forward to looking back next December 5th.
Colin & team 3fe.