By Kaia Wallis
Last year Caffé Mondo was recognised as one of the state’s fastest growing businesses, now the local coffee specialist is pushing forward with plans to share their products with an Asian market.
After strong growth in South Australia and New South Wales, founder Adrian D’Aloia says the business will this year focus on national and international distribution, with plans already underway to begin exports to Hong Kong and Singapore.
“We’re in the negotiation stages at the moment but I am confident we will have distribution in those areas by the end of the year,” he says.
“Once we have them running smoothly, we’ll move forward into other locations.”
The small business was one of the first in Australia to produce Nespresso-compatible coffee pods and quickly became one of SA’s fastest growing businesses, ranking in the top 20 of Brand South Australia’s 2018 Fast Movers program.
With nominations now open, the annual program showcases the fastest growing and most innovative small-to-medium enterprises in the state.
The beans are freshly roasted in Adelaide and make their way onto supermarket shelves, cafés and offices around SA and interstate.
“We can roast the beans on a Monday morning, they need two days to set, and we can have them on the shelf by Thursday,” Adrian says.
“You can’t really get fresher than that, which is the biggest benefit of having our coffee – or other SA coffee. Coffee freshness is very important.”
The brand’s coffee pods and beans can be found throughout the state, with distribution stretching into regional SA and interstate.
Adrian founded Caffé Mondo when a patent preventing businesses from producing their own Nespresso-compatible coffee pods expired, opening up a promising market for Australian businesses.
“When I was 17, I was already looking into the origin of coffee and how it was made, I’ve always had coffee in my blood,” he says.
“So naturally when there was an opportunity to start a business, I was ready. It was a passionate choice, but you always need to follow your passion.”
Caffé Mondo also distributes a range of products to complement the coffee beans and pods, including caffeine free latte mixes, locally made coffee machine cleaning supplies and dairy-free milk alternatives.
“We try and be a one shop stop for cafés as well as offices and restaurants so they can get all their alternate milk, takeaway cups, sugars, stirrers and napkins here,” Adrian says.
Nominations for the 2019 Fast Movers program are now open and will close on March 15. To qualify businesses must have a registered head office in SA and achieve a minimum turnover of $200,000 a year for the past three years.
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