History: Part l
So it all started with a trip to Europe, but not the Europe we know. A Europe that had been stuck in time, frozen under the hammer of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe. The old Soviet Union had collapsed and the likes of Krakow, Budapest and East Berlin were now open for business. This was around 1993 to 1994 where there was no coffee chains or real coffee to be found in the UK, no big bucks coffee or costa lotta coffee, nothing. The only brand chain that you could get a cup of coffee in at the time was Mcdonalds! Thankfully they had not had time to penetrate the market in Eastern Europe.
Perhaps you’re wondering where would you go for coffee? Well, we found the most delicious coffee shops you could imagine, beautiful pastries decorated to match the opulent decor. A wealth of delicious coffee and efficient service. This came as a shock, we imagined the old Eastern bloc to be old fashioned and in many ways it was. But, the coffee scene was a breath of fresh air, really good consistent coffee, no two coffee shops the same. After a few days we began to take this standard for granted.