Henry’s Papa (HP) starts work as the Scottish Sales manager at Matthew Algie in Glasgow. Matthew Algie is the largest independent coffee roaster in the UK. There are 5 members of the sales team in 1985. Hugh Tollan, Tom Cardwell, Charlie Gemmell, Bill Thompson and Hamish Ross.
Whitbread acquires Costa
HP visits Seattle and Portland on a Matthew Algie coffee education tour. HP is utterly astonished to find how popular coffee is with Seattleites. They carry coffee to go cups everywhere. They even get into lifts towing luggage and carrying a cup of coffee!
Henry is born in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Henry weighs in at 9lbs 3 oz. His mum is called Laura, his dad is called Brian, his aunty is called Jill and his granny is called Margaret. Henry’s Papa is also called Brian.
We (finally) make our first ever sale to our first ever customer. Sorocha’s in ‘Cow Wynd’, Falkirk (sadly no longer with us). Sorocha is the Gaelic word for Sarah. We will never forget you Sarah and thank you for being our first ever customer.
Customer Number 100 – Fantoosh Nook, in Milngavie, heralded by ‘Trip Advisor’ as the top reviewed restaurant in Milngave joins our growing business as customer number 100. With grateful thanks to Emma who used Henry’s Coffee Company at another customer and recommended us to Andre the owner at Fantoosh Nook.
Hip Hip Hooray, Henry’s Aunty Jill joins the business. Jill helps with our deliveries and begins to make new friends with our customers. Jill enjoys her new role and we enjoy the benefits of our growing workforce.
If ever there was a business built on the power of hard work and wonderful customer service, our first ever Bean Box customer, The Fuel House, Alloa is that business. With grateful thanks to Jacek for choosing our eco-friendly packaging style and for all the Bean Boxes we have delivered, collected and refilled since.
Sweet news indeed we begin trading with customer number 200 – There’s a wonderful back story that proved to be our introduction to Zoe the owner of Sweetpea Café in Broughty Ferry. The story spans generations and involves great gardening friends. You just have to ask.
A new beginning in our efforts to tell the story of Henry’s Coffee Company. Our new website is launched with grateful thanks to Luke and the team at ‘Done Your Way’. It’s because of them you’re reading this!