Updated: Oct 17, 2019
When I first started Sage Marie’s Coffee & Tea, people told me I was crazy to start this business, “What in the world do you know about coffee and tea?” Someone told me. As an entrepreneur, I can tell you I’ve sacrificed a lot of personal joys to reach this point but I have the power to create the type of business I wish to create. I didn’t always get it right like the first time I roasted my first batch of beans in a cast-iron pan or when I tried to used a popcorn popper and set three of them on fire from overworking them (true story!). Most days are super overwhelming, but I always go back to that memory when I was visiting Jamaica. I had purchased some beans for my mom who lives in Massachusetts where we had limited options for purchasing quality coffee. Once she received them she, called to say thank you and said to me, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just travel the world and buy coffee beans roast them ourselves and just make coffee all day?” And so I did, I went grassroots and learned everything there is to know about coffee and tea through videos and working with a good friend of mine Eden Arefaine a trained barrister who taught me all the tricks of the trade. Then I linked up with my good friend from grade school, marketing genius and business partner Liza Goncalves-Richardson and for almost 6 years now, my team and I have been building towards this through persistence, never taking no for an answer and strong company values. Through dedication, there is nothing you won’t be able to achieve.