• Jo Arnoup

Coffee,Gin and Nearly 50 !

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

Blog written by Jo (Founder & MD of GISB)


23rd January 2018


An insite into Give It Some Beans Coffee, Starting up a new company, working for myself after 32 years in the hotel industry, my likes, dislikes, my frustrations, General Day to Day thoughts, Countdown to my big 50th & beyond, My passion for Cooking & Food & Drink (mainly Gin, Champagne, Wine & Coffee - not necessarily in that order !)


** I am happy to taste test for any of my fellow foodies, gin distillers and feedback on your products. If you want to taste test our coffee, let me know, we love feedback (Good or Bad).


So here I start my 1st ever Blog & here we are nearly the end of January 2019 & 148 days to my big 50th ... Wow where did 2108 go?


This was our 1st year as a newley formed Coffee Business.


November 2018 - March 2018 was all about the planning and background work and building a website, lots of research, lots of brainstorming, lots of spreadsheets, accounting system set up, lots of selling & sometimes not selling, lots of coffee roasting & of course drinking it too !!


On 2nd March 2018 I finished my job as a Office Sales Manager for Holiday Inn to work full time on our business. A huge step, a very daunting step as I had been there for just over 12 years.


We started with around 8 different types of green beans from our supplier; which we roasted to different roast levels and then did lots of taste testing with our family & friends. We then whilttled down to 4 single origins - Colombian, Brazilian, Ethiopian and Nicaraguan. We now roast these as single origins (Medium & Dark) and a French roast on request from a few of our customers. We use these 4 origins to make our blends and bespoke blends for our customers ! In September we also took on a Brazilian Decaf bean due to lots of requests from our customers.


2018 was all about getting our business up and running and getting our name out there in the public domain. We joined Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink, which has been an amazing organisation to join and promotes Food and Drink in Norfolk. Also we have attended lots of events around Norfolk over the Summer, Autumn & Winter months. I look after all the social media for GISB - You can find us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/giveitsomebeans.coffee/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/giveitsomebeanz/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/giveitsomebeanz

Please feel free to follow us, leave feedback on Facebook Page if you have purchased or had our coffee bought for you.




& 21 weeks to go until my big 50th...

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