Our Story

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!

December 2020

Still enjoying coffee and dreaming

November 2020

Lockdown 2

We are foced to close our doors again as lockdown 2 hits

March 2020

Lockdown 1

As COVID hits the UK, we enter lockdown 1

December 2019

Cafe Racer

The Cafe Racer, the masterpiece and the Coffee Machine arrive

September 2017

Visiting Nizhny Novograd in Russia

Back to coffee that we know, flat whites whilst passing through Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

December 2018

Keys for the property

The building work begins on Rustic Cup

February 2017

Introduction to 'sock coffee'

Riding through Indonesia drinking a filtered coffee called ‘sock coffee’ realising there’s more to coffee than Australia’s coffee culture.
August 2017

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.

February 2017

First shoots of growth

Seeing our first coffee plant growing wildly in Timor-Leste.

February 2020

The doors open

The doors of Rustic Cup finally open

March 2018

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.

November 2017

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.

March 2017

Meeting the Luwak on Gili Islands

A meeting with the Luwak on Gili Islands, the animal that creates expensive coffee beans.

January 2017

Australia Day 2017

Setting off from Perth WA on two motorcycles, heading towards the UK.