Alum of Coffee: BLOOM
After her first shot of espresso outside the Louvre in Paris, Becky Gessler was hooked. Her coffee obsession took her from making espresso on a budget machine in her college apartment to enrolling in the inaugural Coffee Master Course with Food Craft Institute last January.
Now Becky is the owner and energy behind BLOOM, an office coffee subscription service for “third wave”-quality java enthusiasts. In her words, “Bloom facilitates communal experiences in the workplace through coffee”. While the seed that would lead to her dream career started with a friend casually asking if she was a “coffee consultant”, the inspiration to actually launch a business came in her first day at FCI. She was inspired by the group of like-minded students, all hoping to one-day start a business and she asked herself, “Why not me?!”
One year later, we interview Becky to see how launching a business has changed her life…
What have been the biggest obstacles to starting a business?
Things go wrong that you could not even imagine going wrong! You learn a lot after the fact. Food businesses are capital and labor intensive. I don’t think I realized how much heavy equipment I would be lugging around!
What was the most helpful about the FCI Course?
Meeting the Instructors, having exposure to professionals in the Industry and building a network that now supports Bloom.
Who is you biggest inspiration?
Eileen Hassi [of Ritual Roasters]–she’s smart, strong and runs an amazing business.
If you could give yourself entrepreneurial advice one year ago, what would it be?
Starting a business is truly a lifestyle! If you are thinking of founding alone, be careful, it’s a lonely road ahead. A good starting point for team growth is to consider what skills you don’t have and what kind of person could fill those gaps. Having the right people on your founding team will take you even further then where you thought possible.
Inspired by Becky’s story? Take an FCI Course yourself! Our next Coffee Master Course starts January 11th, 2014.