Coffee is my essential. It might be an addiction but it is one that I immediately associate with good food, good friends, sunny brunches and all around good times. Of course, it also keeps me going through long nights and early mornings too, but there is something almost magical, and transformative about that first sip of a cup of coffee.
So imagine my delight when I met Jacqueline Arias, the founder and brains behind Sydney based company Republica Coffee.
Having conquered a successful career in the media, it was a trip to Jacqueline’s motherland, Colombia that sparked the idea for Republica. Despite the lush fauna and incredible coffee to come out of the country, there was none to be found amongst the locals.
Jacqueline realised that while developed countries like Australia reap the benefits of delicious coffee, the locals had no experience of it, and certainly weren’t being paid fairly for their hard work.
Upon arriving home to Oz, Jacqueline was motivated to create an ethical food company that ensures Third World farmers are paid fairly while making sure that quality and taste are paramount.
The rest, as they say, is history. Republica is growing from strength to strength, not only because it is a great tasting bean, but because Jacqueline’s story is inspiring, and sets an example to other companies out there. Not to mention she is one chic career woman!
Check out our interview below, and make sure that you stay tuned for some sneak peeks into Jacqueline’s home, world, closet and more!