Connections and community through Coffee
OQ founders, Yose and Amelia are passionate about pretty much everything in their lives! Like most entrepreneurs, they are the ultimate optimists, crazy enough to believe they might change the world, even just a little bit! After first meeting whilst they were both studying environmental science they travelled extensively together and started a life-changing love affair with Asia. Vietnam, in particular, has a special place in their hearts…. As they sat one humid night in the Old Quarter of Hanoi on sweaty plastic stools in the street, they dreamed of combining their passion for travel and coffee to bring about positive change.
Their first coffee import in 2017 marked a humble beginning. A single pallet of 700kg from Vietnam was the beginning of a truly respectful relationship with people, place and product both in Asia and of course, in Australia. And a clear purpose to give back a little happiness to those that have given them so much.
“Old Quarter is first and foremost a social enterprise. Our strongest driver has always been to build a business bigger than ourselves that would create change, simply by its operational structure...and then some” Yosir Le Cerf
OQ is a genuine coffee trader, not just a coffee roaster, partnering directly with the farmers who grow their beans in Southeast Asia. As such, they get to ensure farmers get a fair price, and OQ gets great coffee. It’s what we call our Fair Value Exchange. With a commitment to Good on the Ground community development projects and over 15 years of working relationships, OQ is testament to the power of collective respect and action.
“The unique thing about Old Quarter is that our spark ignited from a connection to people and place as well as product. For many it’s just product. Coffee is the thing that connects us to the communities we source from and our community here in Australia”. Amelia
Amelia and Yose are passionate about ensuring that ‘Daily Happy’ is experienced in Asia and of course in Australia. From their Roastery and Café in Ballina, NSW to every business that serves their delicious brew and of course to every Aussie who toasts the day with a cup of OQ, the reciprocal Good ripples far and wide.