Coffee with conscience is a joyful combination

By Rebecca Plant

Ben and Patty Glennon, Joy Beans - Organic Coffee Roasters

A global search for joy led one visionary couple to create a conscious business which not only supports their family but countless others around the world.

Ben and Patty Glennon are the owners of Joy Beans – Organic Coffee Roasters, which supplies ethical organic coffee beans to conscious cafes and retailers around Australia. They are based on the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland, where they also run a cafe serving up their beautiful brews.

It was their quest to experience more joy in life that saw them travel through Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, California, Central and South America. Their experience working in orphanages inspired them to give back to the people who’d given them so much joy.

Now with two young children of their own, the Glennons donate 10% of their profits to programs that support orphaned and abused children in Columbia, Ethiopia, Mexico, Indonesia and Peru — the same countries from which they source their ethical beans.

Their story is inspiring, and a beautiful reminder of the power of vision and celebrating one another’s strengths to have huge impact in your business.  

In this episode we chat about:

  • How the Joy Beans baby was conceived.
  • Consciously expressing the vision behind the brand.
  • How Ben and Patty ended up in business together.
  • Harnessing the power of their complementary skills and styles.
  • Their daily practice that consciously celebrates their opposing strengths.
  • What life was like with “twins” — a start-up and a newborn baby boy.
  • How they balance business and kids.
  • What travel and other cultures taught them about blending family and business.
  • What their kids are learning from them.
  • The 8-year-old orphan who inspired them with his entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Why tough conversations are a daily feature for them.
  • How humour and honesty create a real culture among their staff and customers.
  • What they know now that they wished they’d known from the start.

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Visit the cafe at 18/109 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. They’re open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm and Saturdays, 8am-1pm.

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About the Author

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Couples in Business. Bec is also trusty wife to husband and business partner Ed, and mum to Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Bec has been working with business owners, and her Super Powers include making complex problems simple, creating strong connections, and motivating teams by building kick-arse culture. Bec is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and hosts popular podcast Boardrooms & Bedrooms.