I need your help! (& your chance to get a free copy of my upcoming e-book)

As you may know, one of my businesses was borne out of my deep love for all things coffee! 

I'm currently working on a really exciting project over at Vincent's Coffee - which will result in the creating of what (hopefully) will be The Ultimate Guide to Coffee.

Basically we want to create something really useful, which will help home coffee makers get the best out of their beans and equipment, whether they use Vincent's or not!

I really want to make sure that this guide includes everything you want to know, which is why we have created this short questionnaire to get your feedback on what you would like us to include!

The survey is mostly multiple choice, with some areas for optional comments and will take you a maximum of 5 minutes, I promise!

To say thank you to all those who complete this survey, we will be sending them a FREE copy of the guide as soon as we hit the publish button!

So if you can spare the time, I would appreciate it so much!

Bethan

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A Little Update and Giveaway!

You may have noticed that things have been a little bit quiet on the blog recently! 

Whilst I have been doing my fair amount of cooking and perhaps too much eating, most of my time has been spent on building a shiny new website for my business - Vincent's Coffee.

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I started Vincent's with a few clear goals:

  •  To make great coffee accessible to everyone
  • To run a company which considers ethical issues beyond the supply chain (which is important, of course, but not the be all and end all of best practice!)

You can find out more information about why I started the business on the website and my rather unusual journey into the world of coffee and ethics.

I started blogging way before I started Vincent's, I actually had a small blog whilst studying in the Netherlands in 2012, aptly named "Clog Blog." 

I'm certain that without the skills and inspiring content I found in the blogging community, Vincent's would not be here today!

I would love it if you could check out what we have done with the new website and let me know your thoughts (especially if you see anything that looks not quite right - be critical for me!)

If you ever saw the previous version, I'm sure you will agree it is 1000x better!

C/O Mark Woodward Photography
So to give something back to the blogosphere and to celebrate the launch of our new website, I am giving away a Vincent's Coffee Taster Bundle!


This bundle includes:

Our Fruity Pasqua Blend, 200g

Our Chocolate Sidamo Blend, 200g

Our Floral Kaffa Blend, 200g


The winner will be able to choose whether they want their coffee in whole bean or ground form

Unfortunately we currently only can deliver to the UK, therefore this competition is only open to those with a UK address. 

If you can't wait to see if you have won, there are other options to get your hands on a bag of Vincent's...

I also have an exclusive blogger code to share for 20% off orders over £15!

Just enter: "LAUNCH2015" at the checkout

For your chance to win the bundle, enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

The competition will close on the 8/05/15 at 12.00am.

Good luck!!!

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My First Giveaway! Featuring Vincent's Coffee


In order to mark the new year and to give something back to all my readers and supports, I am delighted to announce my first giveaway.

I really wanted to share some products that I dearly love and am extremely passionate about - because after all, I put my all into creating them. The past year has seen Vincent's Coffee go from an embryonic concept with a test product to fully fledged and refined coffee blends.

I was really grateful for all the feedback on my last post about my business, Vincent's Coffee - "Honest Lessons I have Learnt Whilst Setting Up a Business" When you have a product, feedback from everyone, especially customers, is the most valuable thing you can get. So if anyone has any thoughts on Vincent's - the brand design, labels, packaging, including constructive criticism! Please do drop me an email at audacityoffood@gmail.com.

2015 is going to be a big year for both the blog and business, I have lots of exciting content for you guys planned here at AoF and even more exciting Vincent's developments will be announced shortly! 

In order to mark the beginning of a new and exciting year, I will be giving away a selection pack featuring three bags of different Vincent's blends, including our latest organic release (the winner can specify whole bean or ground.) 

All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment sharing your favourite way to prepare coffee! Perhaps you have a trusty old moka pot, or prefer using an espresso machine? Additional entries can also be gained, for example by following myself (@audacityofood) or @vincentscoffee on twitter.

Unfortunately this particular giveaway is for UK addresses only, however I'm hoping to hold an international one in the near future, so keep checking back!

Good luck guys and thank you so much for your continued support! I would be so grateful if you shared this contest as much as possible.

If I don't post before the 31st, have a great NYE too!

Bethan

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Honest lessons I have learnt whilst setting up a business


Fresh out of university in 2013 I decided to start my own business, Vincent's Coffee
I wanted to build a company that was responsible, ethical and rooted in offering quality products.

The past year has been a mix of ups and downs (a lot of downs if I am honest.) However here I am, still going, ready to launch new products this weekend and putting in place exciting plans for 2015.

The past year has without a doubt been one of the hardest of my life. Sacrifice is a key word any small business owner will undoubtedly recognise and one that I am now intimately familiar with. I have had to take on extra jobs, cut back all expenditure to the bare minimum and put my all into an idea which, despite all effort and intention, might not work out.

1. Estimate how long you think things will take - multiply this result by at least 10 (I'm really not joking here...)

I'm the kind of person who likes quick results - maybe that's why I love cooking, as you get to taste the fruits of your labour on small timescales.

Business may be portrayed as a fast paced world in the media, however in reality you need to be prepared for the fact that all businesses rely on people, and people are not 24 hour machines. Things take time, often a lot of time.

You need to account for extra time in everything, getting orders, people paying invoices, deliveries, even your own ability to complete tasks. At times things can seem stagnant and you can feel like no progress is being made. In my experience, this is often not the case - progress is always being made, even if it seems imperceptible.

2. Sometimes using your friends in a professional capacity is a bad idea (unless you define the professional boundary) 

In the early stages I was really screwed over by a couple of people who I felt were good friends. They charged me a lot of money for some extremely shoddy and frankly unusable work. At the time I felt unable to challenge them due to our friendship and the fact that from the beginning the work had not been discussed in a professional context.

I would urge anyone using a friend in a professional capacity to define what this relationship will look like whilst you are effectively a client. Sit down and have a chat, formalise timescales, payments and what you expect from them, write this down and agree on it. It may seem drastic, however if both of you are clear on expectations, this means that disagreements can be avoided later on.

3. You can't do it on your own

Remember the somewhat cliched line "No man is a island"? For a long time I felt like I could be a all-encompassing-one-woman band, taking on everything and without the need for advice and guidance.

Oh how wrong I was.

We need to interact and collaborate with others, human society is built upon this. Not only did I burn myself out with trying to do and be everything, I also felt extremely isolated and lonely.

The entrepreneur is often portrayed as the lone wolf, someone who strives out on their own, ahead of all others. This may be true for some, however my overwhelming feeling is that you need a strong support network if you are to embark on your own business venture. Things will get tough and then they will get tougher, you will need someone - I spent a whole week crying almost constantly on my also exhausted partner.

Build a strong support network for yourself (I would advise against leaning on just one person, they might need a break!) - speak to friends, family, partners, even consider getting a professional mentor if you think you need more guidance!

My last and biggest piece of advice would be to keep on going - it will be hard, you will feel shit and it might not work out. However you will learn so much along the way and this will enrich your life both professionally and personally. It's worth it, even if you fail at the end.

For more information on what I actually do - Vincents Coffee - See our website here

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