As all professional sports people know, there comes a time when you have to start planning life after the game!
A few years ago I started to think about what I might do once I have to hang up my rugby boots. One of my big loves outside of rugby is coffee. After taking the advice of a good friend who said try and do something you have a passion for, it didn’t take me long to decide what path to go down.
I have been lucky enough to play rugby for Saracens and Sale Sharks over the last 14 years and travel the world playing for England 7’s, but unfortunately all good things must to an end at some point!
I’m as excited about Couch Grind Coffee now, as I was about getting my first cap for Saracens in 2004.
There are subtle links to rugby throughout my coffee business. The signature blend is the No.7 due to the position I play on the pitch and in the logo there is even a 7 in yellow within the cup. Even the name, Couch Grind Coffee comes from the scrum sequence crouch-bind-set.
I launched the business in 2017 and had the CGC van in Spinningfields in Manchester for 3 months over the summer. This was a great experience and this confirmed not only my commitment to this new venture but also, that it does indeed rain a lot in the summer in Manchester!
From this we had a temporary coffee bar in the reception of 3 Hardman Street in Spinningfields for 13 months. The CGC van’s new home is the AJ Bell stadium which is Sale Sharks home ground and is open every home game.
We sell our coffee to a number of places including Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield and Bentley Manchester.
There has been plenty of challenges in getting the business to this point and a lot of lessons learnt. No doubt there will be more to come but since starting, my enthusiasm and determination to make this next chapter of my career work, has only increased. I look forward to growing the business and an exciting future.