Saturday 25 May, 2019

Video: Lauren Le Franc getting buzz in coffee industry

Lauren Le Franc's vision is to assist in developing local communities invested in coffee.

Lauren Le Franc's vision is to assist in developing local communities invested in coffee.

Lauren Le Franc, a Jamaican entrepreneur residing in the United Kingdom has won a graduate award from City University of London to expand her already established coffee business, J.A. Island Roasters, which she set up in 2011.

With this award Le Franc, a qualified barrister is looking forward to importing organic and non-organic Jamaican green beans to the U.K. from the world-famous Blue Mountains.

As part of her award package Le Franc also secured a location for her business at the University’s Cass Business School, and she is looking at commencing operations in the upcoming weeks.

“This win is a great step for the Jamaican organic coffee industry and a testament to the hard work I have put in over the years,” said Le Franc.

Her business idea was based on a social-enterprise model which focuses on donating a percentage of the profits from sales to help the local farmers.

“It was important for me to give back and one of the main problems is that small farmers are being ‘squeezed out’ of the industry. It is my view that if these communities don’t develop, the industry will not grow,” Le Franc said.

Her vision is to assist in developing local communities invested in coffee.

Le Franc sat down with Young People in Business to share her story. Check it out in the video below.

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