Wednesday lunch @SS_Coffee! Great coffee and great people!
By he time I post this, it will be almost a week since I have visited Salt Spring Coffee on Viking Way in Richmond. I had the pleasure of getting a plant tour and cupping session with Mickey, Kevin and Banks; as well as my representatives from Star Marketing, Randy and Kyle. I had a great time and loved to tour with people passionate about their business and passionate about coffee!
I have been buying Salt Spring coffee since the spring of 2007 (my first Spring as the food buyer at London Drugs). Salt Spring Coffee was my first foray into the high end coffee bean arena. Prior to the Spring of 2007, we only carried one sku of bean coffee which was the Melitta Columbian beans in a 907g bag. Nice beans, but not talkin to the super premium consumers of coffee. At this time in London Drugs history we were also heavily focused on instant coffees and ground coffees like Nescafé, Tasters Choice, MJB, Folgers, Maxwell House and Nabob. All ok in their own right, but for a coffee snob like myself, just not where I wanted us to be as a retailer.
That Spring of 2007 (I had been buying he food category for approx 6 months now) I was ready to bust out and start buying “better coffees”. That is when Randy came in and showed me a line that they had been representing for a little bit, Salt Spring Coffee. I immediately loved the notion that this was BC Company, it was organic, it was earthy and it was owned by people who cared about where the coffee came from and they cared about the people from where the coffee came. It was just a great story and the timing was right.
The rest, as they say, is history. Salt Spring Coffee was my first jump in the world of cool bean coffees, and was soon followed by a bunch more BC companies like Kicking Horse, Ethical Bean, Earth’s Choice, Level Ground, Pacific Roasters, Resiprocate, Doi Chaang, and Commercial Drive Coffee. This adventure then even took me down the path of more beans like Illy and Lavazza, brands not really associated with drug stores.
Salt Spring Coffee was an instrumental part of the redirection of the London Drugs coffee category as well as being a key player in helping me rethink the entire London Drugs food category.
For myself, I would like to thank Mickey and his crew for allowing us to partner with them. If you like the LD food categories and especially the coffee set, drop Mickey and his crew a line, you might as well thank them. They were a key part of the changes and truly deserve some of the accalaids.
Thank you Salt Spring Coffee! Keep up the good work and the fight for better treatment of the growers and coffee coops! Nice work! Happy to associated with companies like yourselves.
Enjoy their coffees, I know I do!
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