Ipswich: Snobs branch out into independent coffee venture

TWO young businesswomen are today celebrating after they were given the go-ahead to develop their independent coffee venture.

Entrepreneurs Abigail Curtis and Stephanie Larkin set up pop-up caf� Snobs Coffee in the town hall last month for the Ip-Art Festival but have now had their trial extended by another three months.

The pair both trained as baristas in Australia when they moved there for a year in 2010 and Ms Larkin, who is originally from Perth, managed a caf�.

They came back to the UK last October and the plan had been to move to London but because of the housing situation, they decided to stay in Ipswich, where Ms Curtis grew up.

A month later the friends enrolled on a five-day course as part of the Prince’s Trust enterprise scheme and after devising a business plan, they were given a loan to start up the business, which launched in March this year.


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Ms Curtis, 20 said: “I think we work because our coffee is really good. We know what we are doing. People want to try something new and support new businesses. They are also happy to come to the town hall and are pleased we are using the space. It is a really exciting opportunity for us.”

Before setting up the pop-up caf�, they toured the area with their mobile unit and traded at street markets and farmers markets, which they will continue to do. The coffee is sourced from local firms including the Suffolk Coffee Company, and Deepmills in Woodbridge.

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Next week they will open on Friday and Saturday evenings until 8pm and serve wine and beer while live music is playing.

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