- Khanyiso worked as a barista at a coffee shop in Cape Town
- Eager to start his own business, he learnt valuable skills before venturing out on his own
- Now, with the help of his wife, he runs a successful business, Journey Café
Khanyiso Dumisana’s journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur started from humble beginnings as a barista for a coffee start-up specialising in free trade products.
Determined to forge his own path, Khanyiso used his skills and experience to begin his own business, Journey Café, which has grown into one of the top five companies in his field.
Although he began without a coffee machine or much capital, Khanyiso has grown his small business into a thriving enterprise with the help of his wife, Fundi, Briefly.co.za learned.
Khanyiso has dreamed of being an entrepreneur since he was a teenager. He started out small, working for a coffee shop in Cape Town, eventually working his way up to being a roaster. This helped him learn how to carefully select and process top-quality coffee beans.
Making the most of his time as roaster, Khanyiso paid special attention to how the business was run, learning valuable tips and tricks of the trade.
Seven years later, he was ready to take his initiative off the ground. He prides himself on ethically sourcing goods and ensuring the farmers get a fair price, setting his company apart from major corporations.
Khanyiso still has a strong working relationship with his former employer, Bean There, in Cape Town and credits them for helping his business started by only charging them for what they sold. Now, Journey Café employs ten staff members and he was able to buy their own equipment.
He also prides himself on helping others get a step up by offering training.
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