Need for coffee sparks family business

Need for coffee sparks family business

TK Duncan making coffee. PHOTO: Chantha and Cody Duncan

Chantha and Cody Duncan created their own portable coffee cart business The Golden Bean sparked by the need for quick, quality coffee at their son’s rugby games.

At the end of 2017 the Upper Hutt family knew there was a gap in the coffee market and hunted “high and low” on Trade Me for a small portable trailer.With a little help from family, they searched across the North Island and found one.

They are  located at Outlet City, Tawa from Tuesday through Sunday and will also cater at events like Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival and the Masterton Motorplex.

Their son TK, aged 15, has made coffee and served food too. For TK,  this is his part-time job.

Once he turns 18, he would have had four years’ experience as a barista.

Although coffee sparked their business idea, they now offer a variety of things on the menu.

“It started with barista-made coffee, then came roti wraps and toasted sandwiches, now we also do burgers, hot chips, hot dogs, donuts, battered fish, paninis and ciabatta rolls,” said Chantha.

The experience had been a massive learning opportunity as they learned  each event presents a different food market.

“It has certainly been an experience, got to take the good with the bad. We have met some wonderful people/ carnival goers along the way,” she said.

The Duncans hope to open their own café in Wellington but for now they are focused on getting creative with their menu.

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