Kia Ora Robbie

Kia Ora Small Batch family!

After a furious two weeks of induction, here I am, ready to be released on the world! Also, apologies for the photo. I am told it is now a right of passage.

As you may have gathered, and to the people I have already met, hi, I’m Robbie. I have very recently been imported from New Zealand to slot into an unprecedented role here at Small Batch. I have come on board as what most coffee roasting organisations would refer to as your new Accounts Manager. In saying that, it looks like I am primarily an extra pair of hands for an incredibly busy team here at Small Batch! So, alongside taking care of all of your incoming inquiries alongside Michael, getting out fixing machinery or dropping off coffee with Mac, I will undoubtedly be all over anything that I can to make sure that we have the best tasting coffee coming out of your machines and brewers.

Conveniently, I was previously working for a similarly sized roastery with a similarly ethical approach to sourcing in Wellington, NZ. After over five and a half years at Peoples Coffee doing a very similar role, it has come time to jump over the ditch and get working with Andrew and the rest of the Small Batch team. I started out as a barista initially, after falling in love with a natural Ethiopian coffee from Harar. I then spent too many years on the bar, discovering extraction, and spending too much time around the cupping table at the roastery quizzing our roaster about all things roasting and sourcing. I then managed our flagship cafe as well as doing all of the training. From there I moved into the roastery and have spent the last 3+years in an extremely varied role as head of Training, QC, R&D, and Sales & Account Care. Over that time in coffee, I have always looked up to Small Batch, not only as one of the best coffee roasters in the world – from my experience – but, the most ethical. Ethics are the thing that I am most invested in, doing good by farmers is what fuels the fire in my belly. From a life growing up on and around farms in Rotorua, understanding provenance and environmental stewardship has been a part of my DNA. Bio-diverse, organic and sustainable agriculture have been of particular interest throughout my life, learning from some of the best forestry and agricultural scientists in the country. I was lucky to have grown up with parents in the field. Thankfully I have also acquired a passionate sense of social justice. From where I’m not sure, but I think we can safely assume its a combination of both nature and nurture.

I have been lucky enough to follow my passions in life, going to university to do an Honours degree in Fine Arts. As all exceptional art students do, I ended up working in coffee. I am passionate about coffee; as a roasted, brewed and served product, as well as a vehicle for social and environmental change. I want to champion hard working, farmers to contribute to the development and sustainability of their businesses which in turn, with directly improve the quality of theirs and their communities lives. I want to champion the work of these ambitious, pioneering environmental stewards, sharing their knowledge to dramatically reduce the impact that they as small-lot farmers are having on their environment.

To say I am excited to be here would be an understatement. I am also extremely excited to get to know you all. So please, feel free to be in touch with me! It is literally my job to be your first port of call for any issues and hopefully any positive news as well! I look forward to hearing from you or meeting you very soon.

P.s. Look out for our new offer list coming next week, there will be a few exciting changes on both filter and espresso!
If you have any questions, or just want to have a chat, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All the best and happy brewing!