Opening a coffee haven within an old projector room might sound like a fun recipe, but there’s a lot of smart thinking and ethos behind the scenes. We sat down with Peter and Frank, the ‘deadly’ duo behind Cloud Picker (our new next-door neighbours and VC Grind partners) about growing their business and conscious consumption. As friends of Huckletree, they’re offering all members 10% off all food and drinks!
ON THE WAR ON WASTE
Eco-conscious owners Peter and Frank were determined to bring a sustainability and think-before-you-waste ethos into Cloud Picker. You’ll find ZERO single-use plastic, compostable packaging, free bottle water refill stationer and a BYO keepcup or container incentive within their cool and modern nook. We even love that they’re offsetting the carbon footprint of coffee bags by working on Co2 reducing projects in coffee growing countries!
“We always thought that information available to consumers could be a bit blurred, especially in relation to waste – where does it go? Who benefits from it and who loses out?
So we have made contact with Thorntons recycling and we were met with open arms and willingness to share the knowledge. We went to meet them personally and visited the recycling plant. It was an eye-opening experience that taught us one very simple thing – it all starts with us, final consumers, our voice matters and our actions matter even more. That visit really gave us inspiration and motivation to look at every step of what we do.” – Peter Sztal, Co-director of Cloud Picker.
ON LIVING NEXT DOOR TO A TECH COMMUNITY
“It’s actually so inspiring to see independent minds with independent visions working together and bring the best out of each other. The openness and sense of joy is palpable.” (Nb: This was not scripted. p.s. the love is mutual).
“I think that’s one of the biggest changes that has happened in our city – an unbelievable amount of young people choosing to go into business rather than working “the man”. Self-belief is growing immensely and it’s inspiring to see the younger generation just going for it!”
ON DUBLIN’S EVOLVING COFFEE AND FOOD SCENE
Our society has been overwhelmed with cheap, plastic disposable culture but I believe that independent and smart movements will always win. There’s been a tremendous change in consumer’s behaviours and expectations in food and coffee.
Gone are the days of instant “coffee”. Now drinking good quality speciality coffee is becoming the norm. Plus people are very aware of the coffee origins and are openly asking us about the supply chain as well as the product.
There also has been a huge wave and influx of food trends and inspirations from abroad. Meat and spuds have been giving way to paninis, and then avo toast and acai bowls. I believe it’s coming full circle now and we’re going to reach a point soon where seasonality and ingredient availability will be at the centre of every menu.
GET BEHIND CLOUD PICKER
Peter and Frank realise the importance of staying open-minded and are learning how to expand into new territories and targeting new customer markets. If any Huckletree members can help them out – please drop by next door and introduce yourself.