The story of Background starts in 2009, when Lecio set up the very first cafe to serve Specialty Coffee in Manly Beach. After successfully operating the business for 12 months Lecio decided to install a 2 Kg bench top roaster inside the shop. Soon locals realised that our cafe was serving high-quality Specialty coffee and the word spread very quickly.
Now, ten years and quite a few business ventures after, the experience Lecio and his partner Patricia gathered is not only roasting coffee with great value, but also how to make cafes profitable. Through personal experience, Lecio and Patricia have learnt that to run a business and have a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal. Its great for your well-being and great for a positively structured business.
Our mission as a company is “to support the development of real and consistent businesses, with partnership and respect. We do that by exchanging knowledge, stimulating learning and pro activity through coffee.”
Coffee is now our excuse to exchange knowledge, is our mean to connect people and develop consistent and efficient businesses.
After working with chemistry most of his early life in Brazil, Lecio decided to change the path of his life, moving to Australia and working with his biggest passion coffee. He started working in a few cafes and a coffee roasting house during his first three years in Australia. In 2009 he decided to go out on his own and follow his passion by taking over his first Coffee Shop adventure. He successfully built the business in just over 2 years, selling it in 2012 with enough profit to finance Background Coffee Roasters in early 2013. Since then, Lecio has been involved in ownership of many other start-up enterprises including espresso bars, and cafes. These multiple business adventures helped Lecio to build a solid understanding of the biggest challenges that a coffee shop owner has to deal on daily basis. By using his experiences as a café owner himself, Lecio provides valuable guidance and service to Background Coffee’s clients. When Lecio is not roasting, cupping or dealing with coffee farms, he is at his client’s side mentoring and helping them to have more time to spend with their loved ones.
Patricia is a chef with a passion for coffee, food and people. She has been working in the coffee industry for more than 10 years in many different venues including her own businesses. As she owned several different cafes across Sydney Northern Beaches she learned in the hardest way how to survive in this very competitive environment. She also devoted herself to study, and the creation of delicious recipes. She developed management strategies for creating a blueprint of success in running a café, by mainly focusing on effectiveness and efficiency when running a business. “We all know the margins in a café are quite small, but we still can make cafes a profitable enterprise if we know to optimise waste and set up an effective workflow”. She now shares her experience by mentoring Background Coffee clients and other café’s owners helping them to build a successful business.