Darren is supported by a dedicated team with years of experience behind then to assist in all facets of your Café, QSR, office or domestic coffee bar requirements.
Introducing team de lacey:
Darren – “Big D” (Company Director)
Darren started importing coffee from Papua New Guinea in 1994 and continues the family legacy of merchants and trading. Loves anything to do with coffee. Iced, warm, hot, chilled, on, in, under….you name it. The greatest coffee challenge and inspiration for fine tuning has been his “China Project” which started nearly 8 years ago. The first café will opened in Harbin, North Eastern China in February 2015. It was like an Iced Coffee Festival as temperatures plummeted to below -20°c! Enjoys cycling, mostly trying to catch Nick, and also plays drums. We could start a band!
Heather -“Head Honcho”
Heather has been with the company, prior to even being a company! From a small home office to looking after 7 other staff and a couple of thousand product lines she is an incredible lady with vast product, supplier and customer knowledge. Anything you want to know? Ask Heather! Does not prefer strong coffee and leans towards a milk based Nicaraguan if there is a choice. A musician displaying her talent in song and flute outside office hours… we do need a band!
Sam -“Head Roaster”
Sam joined the company in 2011 and has embraced the role as our Roaster. He is well tuned-in to the roaster and the beans that he transforms. Sam enjoys the ongoing tweaking of drop and finish temperatures to keep the coffees on profile. He further explores by playing with blends, roast levels and coffee brewing styles to further his appreciation and understanding of coffee characteristics. If you can’t tell, he’s passionate about the art of roasting.
Ben – “Mozart”
Affectionately and aptly named “Mozart” by our friends at Norman and Dann, Ben, unlike Amadeus, has no composing or musical talents that he has made us aware. However, if you need your gear packed and delivered, he is the man! The van slips in and out of town most days and exchanges of dry to very dry humor are often exchanged. A man who made his mark big time when single handedly, moved our warehouse into our current premises 9 years ago while the owners were away for the weekend. Open for home removal quotes!
Nick - "Tronics”
Faulty electro-valve, blocked group jet, emails down, system just crashed…call Nick. We have a great all-rounder, coffee, equipment, office help and IT Guru. Nick even managed an urgent first aid procedure last year that had a happy ending. Nick has upped the anti on the latte art scene lately and wants more jugs and cups to play with. A great extraction fault finder and coffee tuner who gets plenty of practice in our coffee trailer and special events. He will also join us for the opening of the China store. A keen cyclist and drummer in his own time. Looks like we have a band, yeah!
Ellie – “Barista, Coffee Coach and Sales Cadet”
Ellie has been doing coffee since she tied shoe laces and achieved her barista certification under the auspice of Justin Metcalf, World Barista Judge. She pulls coffee at a local café and works with Café de lacey for promotional events and conference services. Ellie is one of our in-house coffee coaches and has been part of our China team on several occasions.
Founding Roaster - John -“JL”
6/2/46 - 26/4/16
The founder’s father and the founding roaster has sadly left us, however he lives on in our memories and hearts. The 1m high picture panel like the one above hangs high above the roastery and warehouse, so JL continues to keep a watchful eye over us. Missed every day.