3 Men and a Cup is a little slice of coffee lovers heaven in Inner City Ideas Cartel 2 building. Roland Ncube, Richard Sakala and their business partner AB started it back in September 2014. In 2016 AB left and Schuyler Voster joined as their new business partner. Below is some new information about them.
1. Tell us your background:
Richard: We met in a shebeen in Zimbabwe 20 years ago. Fast forward to recent years, we started working for Cartel House bar in the Inner City Ideas Cartel 1 building.
Roland: In September 2014 was when we were told that the bar would not be selling coffee anymore. We got together with Schuyler, the building owner, and that’s how 3 Men and a Cup were born.
2. What’s the story behind the name, 3 men and a cup?
Schuyler came up with the name as there were 3 men and the business is about the delicious cups of coffee, so they agreed on 3 Men and a Cup.
3. What made you decide to go into this business?
Roland: It was a business opportunity that came up when Cartel House closed their coffee section and the coffee demand was high.
4. Were you trained or self taught?
Roland: We both were trained at Origin Coffee house.
5. What’s the secret to the perfect cappuccino?
They both said that it was a secret and laughingly said if they tell us they will have to kill us.
6. What is your favourite coffee?
Both agreed there is nothing better than a strong flat white coffee with their special coffee bean blend.
7. What’s the best part of working in a corporate building like Inner City Ideas Cartel?
There is a great environment here and the people are always so friendly and welcoming. You get to meet different people and learn new things every day. Its always fun and different.
8. What’s different about your coffee?
Roland: Its brewed with passion and love, and the best beans in town!
Richard: It’s all in the taste. End of the day coffee is not about the beans, its how you brew it and the passion you put into it.
9. What’s the secret to your working relationship?
Roland: Open communication and great jokes.
Richard: Our friendship is a key to our successful working relationship and our good sense of humour.