Father and daughter duo Bernhard and Carina Nausner have launched their own brand of premium roasted coffee with the help of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP).
After many successful years running speciality coffee shop Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester, Bernhard and Carina expanded their business becoming the first local independent speciality coffee roasters in Durham.
Durham Coffee is ethically sourced premium coffee with each blend representing a piece of Durham’s heritage including the Prince Bishops Roast, St Cuthbert’s Journey, Miners’ Gala, The Dun Cow, Castle Blend and Cathedral Blend.
Upon making this exciting decision they sourced help from Michael Harriott, business engagement officer from the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council.
Bernhard said: “Michael from Business Durham was a great sounding board when developing our business plan in the early days. The one-to-one support helped to accelerate the launch of Durham Coffee by signposting us to the right sources of information, saving us time and helping us to prototype, manufacture and get the product to market a lot quicker than either of us anticipated.”
After developing their unique roasts, Bernhard and Carina were ready to find premises from which to roast, in addition to sourcing funding and talking through their business plan with Michael.
Michael who has been working with Bernhard for several years said: “It’s great to work with someone who is so passionate about what they do. Bernhard has shown great flexibility and taken advantage of opportunities that have come his way. I am really looking forward to trying the Dun Cow when the café re-opens.”
Bernhard was also part of the pop-up shop initiative, a key part of the DBOP Food and Drink support programme helping County Durham Food and Drink producers get their products to market. The promotional and sales support received made a real difference helping Bernhard to generate new contacts at a networking event organised and hosted by the programme.
The heritage brand was launched in June 2020 generating sales through durhamcoffee.co.uk and the established route of Kaffeehaus Amadeus, where the unique Durham Coffee blends will be available to try and buy.
Looking to the future Durham Coffee has ambitions to expand their business offering the coffee to wholesaler venues across County Durham.
*The Durham Business Opportunities Programme is a six-year programme for SMEs running up until November 2022, helping County Durham businesses spot opportunities for sustainable growth. It is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Business Durham, the business support service for Durham County Council, helping to deliver more and better jobs and a strong competitive economy.