From Starbucks to De’lish

March 7, 2019             Words by Jay Meredith

(and a few stops in between)

Coffee and Nirvana – Seattle in the early 90’s

I had not even been born when Starbucks began in Seattle in 1971 – but just twenty something years later I found myself in need of some cash for college at the University of Washington at a time when Starbucks mania was sweeping the city (and soon the world). The U-District in Seattle is only a few miles from the original Starbucks store in Pike Place Market – and it is home to the second Starbucks ever! (The first Starbucks in Australia opened in July 2000 at Hyde Park in Sydney – 4 years after De’lish opened!)

I had only been drinking coffee for a few short years, but the lure of working on a shiny machine with lots of moving parts – and the promise of a few dollars to help pay the university bills – was enough for me. I was fortunate enough to land a job as a “barista in training” and this set me on a path which I would continue to tread on and off of for the rest of my life.

De’lish Espresso           Lindfield

By the late nineties I had graduated from university with a degree in Economics and was ready to take on the business world. But my future wife was luring me to Australia where she was from and I figured a few months holiday couldn’t hurt. So it was that I found myself in Sydney and once again in need of some cash after travelling the east coast of Australia in a kombi van.

The late nineties was a time in Sydney when cappucinos and lattes were taking over the cafe scene and I found plenty of work in Manly and Balmoral working for long stints at The Bower Restaurant, Cerutis, Awaba and The Watermark – making many thousands of Sunday brunch coffees at high volume and honing the craft of a barista.

Travelling Australia’s East Coast by Kombi

Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job

September 25, 1999 – a day I’m not likely to forget. I got married! With this I decided maybe I should try the business world. But I had also been spending a lot time marketing music and bands on the new “internet”. So naturally I went into the web development business. For the next twenty years that was my day time gig – www.chilliwebsites.com.au. Of course, quickly I discovered that plunger coffee just wasn’t going to cut it and so began exploring home espresso machines so I could keep a hand in the game (I could always blame the equipment if the coffee wasn’t quite right).

De’lish Artisan Foods Shop Front          Sydney

Back to Passion – and making coffees!

After twenty years of staring at a computer screen enough was enough. Following two years of searching for the right food business my business partner and I found De’lish. A business that covers my interests of fine food, good people and great coffee!

Currently I am back behind the espresso machine on weekdays from 7am while we are testing the water with earlier opening hours (the store has always opened at 9:30 on weekdays but we have been opening at 7am for six weeks now – and plan to keep these hours). We have re-focused on making great coffee every time for our customers and are still using Allpress espresso. Say “hi” next time you are in! And mention you read this article – we’ll make you a coffee on the house!

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