I've been asked a few times whether I have owned a cafe prior to Maize Street Roasters. I opened an Espresso Bar in Sandgate a few years back (which is still going today – having been re-opened by the new tenant in the building I was leasing part of). At a party I was telling a few (true) stories about my experience at the Espresso Bar due to it's location and a good friend suggested I should write a book on it. I started writing, and as happens, life/work/everything got in the way. Recently I found my 'jottings' and instead of sending them to the trash bin I thought I would share a...

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