Sam Keck, Coffee, Business, and Innovation - InnovaBuzz 299

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In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, Sam Keck, who is an entrepreneur and founder of Commonfolk Coffee, located in the town of Mornington, on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne.

Sam has spun a successful roaster/retailer into a series of social enterprise efforts, including Zukuka Bora, a farmers initiative benefitting coffee growers in Uganda; and Home Ground, which is focused on providing training and job options in hospitality to unemployed youth on the Mornington Peninsula. By fusing the high demand for quality coffee with organized social enterprise, Sam’s work shows us how coffee can do more than just taste good—it can also do very serious good for communities at home and around the world. Indeed, it's a model for how business in general, can be a force for good in the world.

In our discussion, Sam and I talked about:

  • The importance of a pioneering mindset and innovation;
  • How to leverage technology in your business in a way that frees your time for relationship building;
  • Being flexible and pivoting your business in difficult times.

Listen to the podcast to learn more.

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