Michael Thomlison Behind the Scenes Q&A

Tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Michael Thomlison and I was born & raised in Brantford, ON. I currently live in Stoney Creek and split my time between both cities.


What led you to begin Seventh Coffee Company?

I was actually hired by Mike, my business partner, when I landed my first job out of university.  We worked closely together over those years and always saw us running the place together (dream big).  I moved onto another opportunity, but we always stayed in-touch…that passion to run a business together never left and here we find ourselves – funny how things work out.


What motivates you to get up and come to work?

I love the idea of building a business, I love even more that our business makes a difference – that’s what gets me out of bed everyday…or maybe keeps me up at night ah!


Aside from running your business, what are some personal hobbies or local activities you enjoy?

I enjoy staying active – Hockey and Golf are always a constant.  I’m fortunate to be a member of the Brantford Golf & Country Club so that keeps me busy in the summer.


What do you like most about your job?

I like playing a small role in someone’s day – it’s rewarding when you hear people say they love your coffee.


What is the most exciting challenge?

Creating and growing the business – each day is truly a new adventure.


What happens in a typical workday (or week) for you?

I’m usually at my day job Monday-Friday and at the coffee shop on Saturdays.  I spend my evening catching up with Mike and reviewing the day’s events and planning the next – keeps me busy.


What is your favourite brewing method?

I’m a big espresso guy so that’s my number one choice…after that, French Press.


What are your favourite coffees?

Currently, I’m a big fan of our Brazil roast & Summer Espresso.


How would you say Seventh Coffee is different from other roasteries?

Our roasting style allows us to stand out – it’s different than your classic roasters.


What is your most popular product?

Our most popular product is our ‘A Little Stitious’ blend.


If you were a customer visiting your roastery, what would you purchase?

If you’re new into craft coffee I’d suggest a Craft Coffee Start Kit – let’s start on the right foot!


Describe your roastery in 3 words.

Inviting, Unique, Experiential!


What advice would you give someone who is dreaming of opening their own small business?

Find your passion, research it, and just do it (not to rip off Nike).


What trends have you noticed in the Craft Coffee industry?

Consumers are looking for an elevated experience and are willing to pay for it.  Whether it’s craft beer, craft coffee, or farm-to-table food.

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