Image above: Dear Coco owner Anthony Duckworth with Anna, his full time barista
Dear Coco receives surprise accolade from coffee magazine
Barista magazine, which should know a thing or two about coffee, has published a list of its top five global coffee carts. Dear Coco, the coffee cart at Strand on the Green, is among them.
Owner Anthony Duckworth is not sure how they came to be chosen, but he is delighted they were.
“I don’t know how they chose us” he told The Chiswick Calendar “I didn’t even know about it but suddenly our Instagram blew up.”
The magazine chose coffee carts in Sweden, France, Romania, Japan and the UK which they said were ‘endearing coffee trucks are pumping out high-quality coffee in unexpected places.’
The magazine describes the Dear Coco as being ‘nestled along the River Thames in downtown London’.
Anthony set up Dear Coco just over a year ago with his wife Emma, who is the food photographer and stylist emmaduckworthbakes. Anthony is a marketing executive with American Express.
“It’s something I always wanted to do” he told us. “It was my retirement plan. I brought it forward because my job lost meaning during the pandemic. Marketing was disrupted and I couldn’t be creative, so I invested in a dream.”
The couple took £40,000 from their savings to buy the Piaggio Ape they have converted into their coffee cart and they set up the business last May. It has been such a success they have been able to pay themselves back within nine months. Anthony combines running the cart with working as marketing director for AMEX.
They called the business “Dear Coco” because, says Anthony, it is a “love letter” to their youngest daughter Coco, who is six.
“We have three daughters. The older ones are old enough to help out but we wanted to involve Coco as well, so we decided to call the business after her.”
They buy their coffee – which is very good, I can vouch for that personally – from Australian firm The Roasting Party in Winchester. The blend they use is part Brazilian, part Columbian and part El Salvadorean.
“We were always walking along there at Strand on the Green before we opened the business. We wanted to build an aesthetically pleasing business which would suit the area. We wanted the community to wrap its arms around us, and they have” he says.
Dear Coco is open Wednesday – Sunday – except for this week – You will have to wait a week to congratulate them as this is the one week of the year Anthony takes as holiday.
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