Tom Richardson is an energetic young man with a great work ethic and a sustainable lens strongly focusing his business model.
After studying aviation post school, he entered the hospitality world and had a variety of jobs. He knew that he loved coffee and the sense of community that good hospo creates and maintains. But faced the classic dilemma of pursuing a job in his field of study, or staying in hospitality.
At the time, Tom was working at The Perc Café – owned by Sarah Hussey. While sharing with Sarah his dreams of opening his own business, an idea was born. After much brainstorming and many Pinot noirs, Tom, Sarah and her partner Patrick decided to take the plunge and start a mobile coffee and bagel caravan. They bought the iconic 1974, bright yellow Zephyr caravan from Oamaru in 2016 and the mobile business was born, opening to trade in April 2017.
Hussey & Laredo had some strong beliefs from he beginning. It is their belief that to grow locally, ethically and in season always ends up tasting better and providing more quality nutrition. To this end they try to grow their own salad greens and buy directly from growers and producers at the farmers market including Holy Cow, Bay Road, Anne Robertson, Janefield Hydroponics alongside many others. They also support other local business’ like Deep Creek Deli and Harbour Fish.
Joining forces with Jed, founder of Body Of The Year Bakery, they created a bagel menu that pops. Jed bakes all the bagels, at night, using the kitchen at Vanguard. Vanguard also roast the specialty coffee they use in the caravan which is roasted using some of the highest quality beans on the market.
All the condiments are made in house, in fact everything on the menu is freshly baked, produced or created, with care taken to choose ingredients that are of the best quality and align with their beliefs on sustainability and consumer choices.
This is a busy, dynamic and fresh business being driven by highly idealistic but with feet firmly on the ground young entrepreneurs who are making a success out of combining sustainable values with amazing food and coffee. They have cups to borrow, offer incentives for reusable cups, use fully compostable packaging, support Holy Cow milk which not only tastes great but comes in glass, reusable bottles and are a very welcome addition to the market.