Taylor St Baristas raises funds to launch global expansion following Sodexo deal
Taylor St Baristas, which has just joined forces with French foodservice giant Sodexo to roll out a ‘turn key’ speciality coffee solution to 400 coffee shops globally, is looking to expand into Europe and open further stores in the US.
The coffee roaster and café operator, which was established in 2004 by the siblings Nick and Andrew Tolley, has nine shops currently open in London and one in New York. It is presently closing an equity round that will fund the expansion.
With the Sodexo deal under its belt, co-founder Andrew Tolley told Coffee Business World that opening sites that would combine a small espresso bar and training centre would be key to facilitating the barista training it had undertaken to provide to Sodexo. It would also allow the Taylor St business to grow, with a mix of retail locations and a wholesale coffee offer, served either from the London roastery or a new roasting solution set-up locally.
“We’re looking up and down the East Coast of the US and at the Benelux region as our core area of focus. We’re keeping our plans fairly fluid at the moment, as much will depend on where we activate sites with Chapter & Verse [the new speciality coffee brand co-developed by Sodexo and Taylor St],” said Tolley.
Tolley, originally from Australia, added that it had always been a dream to open a café “back in Australia”, although such a move wasn’t imminent. “But with Qantas flying direct, it is getting closer,” he added.
Speaking about the Sodexo deal, Tolley said: “We’re supporting Sodexo develop a quality coffee offer…. We’re basically offering a ‘turn key’ solution for a speciality coffee shop, from the menu, supply, equipment specification as well as provision for the non-coffee solution – all exclusive to Sodexo.”
Before serving any customers, all Taylor St and Chapter & Verse baristas undergo an extensive 40-hour training programme through Taylor St Baristas’ world-class training academy.
Training and development continues as the baristas develop, helping them grow and acquire new skills over the course of their career, reported Hospitality & Catering News this month (https://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/2018/10/sodexo-taylor-st-baristas-announce-exclusive-global-partnership/
- In further news, Taylor St is working with Detpak to deliver Precision, fully recyclable cups to its 10 coffee shops.