#17: A Coffee Dream Starting WIth A Popcorn Machine - Mark Clatworthy from Ocean Grind
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Join us for Ep.4 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

We chat with the founder of a Torquay coffee magnet called Oceangrind. The man behind this popular roastery and cafe is an engineer turned coffee maestro, Mark Clatworthy.

Tune in for a story of grit and determination mixed with a good dose of bravado and passion for coffee beans.

Mark has been at it for more than a decade starting at the local markets in Torquay. Now his growing enterprise has its very own stronghold in the Torquay industrial precinct behind Bunnings.

Find out how a passion for coffee and a simmering tension with a corporate job lead Mark to follow his passion and take the leap from hobbyist to a full-time coffee roaster.

Mark has a big eye on sustainability as well. He wants his three girls to enjoy the Surf Coast and its surrounding natural habitat for generations to come.

A focus on the environment has rubbed off on the Oceangrind community too. Innovative policies like "Bring Your Own Cup" and "Swap & Go"  have left an indelible mark on a tight-knit base of customers.

Not everyone has been happy with the new policies though. Find out how Mark has team dealt with some of the backlashes.

Either way, it's got a bit of everything this episode, especially if you've always wanted to build a community on top of your business.

Tune in and let us know what you think with a review on iTunes or your favourite pod platform.

With love.

Ben & Jess.

P.S. See the accompanying blog post "A Coffe Dream Starting with a Popcorn Machine."

And get yourself 10% of all online orders at Ocean Grind's online store using the code: OGPODCAST (expires 1 October).

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