Every revolution has to start somewhere, and coffee lover Stephen Rapoport launched Pact in his home kitchen, 3 weeks before his wedding! Fed up with the problematic coffee industry, and on a quest to bring the nation better quality brews, Stephen set to work in the summer of 2012.
Stephen discovered that from farm to customer, there are traditionally 10 middle parties in the supply chain. Too often, this model leaves hardworking coffee farmers with crumbs. Stephen decided to take matters into his own hands by building direct relationships with farmers worldwide and paying them premium prices for premium coffee.
Back then, Pact was called Your Grind and had something of a gung-ho approach, with Stephen grinding coffee at home, writing personalized notes to customers, and using hair straighteners to secure the bags. Despite this, it didn’t take long for his passion for specialty coffee to catch on; within a year we had piqued the interest of hundreds of coffee lovers and moved to an office space with several full-time staff members in tow.
Following a successful round of Angel Investment, and a shiny new brand name, we passionately set to work building direct relationships with farmers worldwide, always pledging to pay at least 25% above the Fairtrade base price. We also acquired a coffee roastery in Haslemere, Surrey, and diversified our offering to include a B2B division, bringing coffee to offices, hotels, and cafés across the UK.