| 31 mins

Episode 11: Maintaining successful business partnerships


Having the right partner can inject your business with creativity, productivity and a new set of complementary skills. Yet, for every partnership that succeeds, there are so many that don’t. In this episode, we are exploring three successful coffee business partnerships that have stood the test of time to glean some of the secrets behind their success.

Amber Jacobsen, Co-founder of Partners Coffee Roasters, discusses her business partnership with co-founder Adam Boyd, and shares how their different synergistic skillsets have helped them to navigate a successful decade together including tackling Covid.


We’ll hear from Steven Macatonia and Jeremy Torz, Co-founders of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, and get an insight into how they manage the day-to-day pressures of being both business and life partners.


We also speak with Keith Chua and Seo Young Youn of Bean Brothers, a Korean/Malaysian artisan coffee chain, to understand how Keith entered into an existing partnership and expanded the brand into a completely new market.

Credits music: California, by Billy Bogaurd in partnership with The Coffee Music Project
 

Guests

Amber Jacobsen

Amber Jacobsen

Co-founder, Partners Coffee Roasters

In 2012 Amber Jacobsen went into business with fellow Australian Adam Boyd to create a boutique NYC coffee company. Their vision was for a business that sourced and roasted quality specialty coffee and delivered exceptional education and service. Originally licencing the Toby’s Estate brand, they rebranded as Partners Coffee in 2019.

www.partnerscoffee.com

Jeremy Torz

Jeremy Torz

Co-founder, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Jeremy Torz co-founded Union Hand-Roasted Coffee with Steven Macatonia in 2001, borne of the desire to produce the highest quality coffee, underpinned by sustainable values. The pair pioneered Union Direct Trade – a unique business model that forges a productive and fair relationship between coffee producers, customers and consumers.

unionroasted.com
 
Steven Macatonia

Steven Macatonia

Co-founder, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Steven Macatonia is co-founder of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and has been an active in the speciality coffee scene since 1994. After completing Post-Doctoral research in biological science in California, he returned to the UK with Jeremy Torz, to established one of the first boutique micro-roasteries in the market.

unionroasted.com
 
Keith Chua

Keith Chua

Managing Partner, Bean Brothers Malaysia

Keith Chua is the Managing Partner of Bean Brothers in Malaysia, operating the widely successful specialty coffee cafes, e-commerce, and wholesale supply. Over the years, he has led and grown a team who takes pride in having a deep understanding, an uncompromising craftsmanship, and a constant pursuit for good coffee.

beanbrothers.my
 
Seo Young Youn

Seo Young Youn

Marketing & Sales Director, Bean Brothers

Bean Brothers is a specialty coffee brand based in Seoul, operating seven cafes in Korea and two directly owned stores in Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia. Bean Brothers initially started off as an online subscription brand and expanded to the offline world. Seo Young has been working with Bean Brothers for 8 years

beanbrothers.co.kr
 
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