This is a story of two adventure bikers-travellers that poured their hearts into a new business and started Whitley Bay’s very first speciality coffee shop. It was a long road from December 2018, to get the doors open in February 2020. And what a year to open a business!
Still enjoying coffee and dreaming
We are foced to close our doors again as lockdown 2 hits
As COVID hits the UK, we enter lockdown 1
The Cafe Racer, the masterpiece and the Coffee Machine arrive
Visiting Nizhny Novograd in Russia
Back to coffee that we know, flat whites whilst passing through Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Keys for the property
The building work begins on Rustic Cup
Introduction to 'sock coffee'
First coffee brewed by syphon
In Mongolia, our first coffee brewed by syphon. Just before we headed off to spend a week with reindeer Nomads.
First shoots of growth
Seeing our first coffee plant growing wildly in Timor-Leste.
The doors open
The doors of Rustic Cup finally open
Introduction to Italian coffee
We flew to Florence in Italy to meet some pretty cool and knowledgeable people and learn a lot about coffee. We drank tons of espresso and fell in love with pour over brews.
Time out in Slovakia
Getting to Veronika’s parents in Slovakia and wintering the bikes. We spent a long cold winter planning and researching our future business while drinking loads of Turkish coffee and doing some snowboarding.
Meeting the Luwak on Gili Islands
A meeting with the Luwak on Gili Islands, the animal that creates expensive coffee beans.
Australia Day 2017
Setting off from Perth WA on two motorcycles, heading towards the UK.