In creating "A Box Of", not only do I want it to be the "go-to" place for beautiful, unique & thoughtful gifts but also a place that supports women who, in following their dreams, are making their dreams their reality.
Today I'm chatting with the lovely Keren Natalia creator of the delicious ginger latte company, Beyond Latte. We have included Keren's Ginger Latte blend in our Love for You - Chemo Care gift boxes. Meet Keren...
How / why / what made you decide to start Beyond Latte?
The idea for Beyond Latte came to me around June 2016. At the time I was drinking quite a lot of coffee and wanted to cut back. Earlier that year I had spent 3 months in Indonesia and I remembered how I hardly had coffee there. Instead I had lots herbal tea (Jamu) which often contains ginger and turmeric. And so I was inspired create a caffeine-free drink using these nourishing spices.
Is this a side hustle for you or a full time business?
Beyond Latte is one of a few businesses I run and manage. Aside from Beyond Latte I run my blog, Passionately Keren, I'm a massive foodie. I love cooking, eating, and everything in between. Passionately Keren is where you can see some of my kitchen creations and food adventures. I also run a creative service business where I offer lifestyle photography and video production service for brands and businesses, as well as working as a Quality System Consultant helping companies set up their Quality system, manage third party audits, accreditation, etc.
You pack a lot into your day! What made you decide on ginger and turmeric to be in your first blend?
From the beginning I knew I wanted the blend to be spicy (so that it'll wake me up!) so ginger was always going to be the in the blend. The Ginger Latte Mix contains a blend of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon because the flavours works really well together to make a nourishing spicy blend that's not only delicious to drink but are also powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.
Where do you manufacture your blends?
Our blend is manufactured locally in Sydney, Australia.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to start their own business?
Keep it lean and simple.
What are the next steps for you?
Developing blend no.2 and getting into more stores
What's your favourite meal?
Dinner! I especially love vegetable stir fries and pasta
Are you currently reading anything?
I've just finished Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. It's a really good book about the history of our human kind. Highly recommended!
Thank you so much Keren, it's been so interesting getting to know you a bit better and how you came to create Beyond Latte. You can find out more about Beyond Latte on the website
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We have included a packet of Beyond Latte Ginger Latte Blend in our Chemo Care
gift boxes because they are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free, which is often important to those going through treatment. Ginger can sometimes help with nausea and turmeric has anti-inflamatory properties so we thought it was helpful to include, it's entirely up to the individual what type of milk they would like to use with it or it's also great added into smoothies or in pancakes, porridge, cookies - endless possibilities!
Are you following a dream?