Josie Evans – Excelso Coffee General Manager

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Excelso Coffee is a family owned and operated business that’s been roasting coffee beans in the Bay of Plenty since the early 1990s – and yes, those were the days when Kiwis were only beginning to let go of tinned coffee in favour of long blacks and flat whites! Excelso’s main focus has always been to provide a consistently fresh, premium product to all coffee lovers and to share their love of “all things coffee” with others. You can find the team at the bottom of Third Avenue in Tauranga (down Coffee Lane), most often talking coffee, and advising on coffee blends and coffee making equipment to suit individual tastes and preferred brewing styles.

Name: Josie Evans

Organisation: Excelso Coffee

Position Held: General Manager; for two years

What book would you reread or what movie would you watch again, and why?

The Never Ending Story, by Michael Ende. I’ve read it countless times and I can’t imagine not wanting to read it again. Aside from being a beautiful, fantastical adventure, it’s a really strong reminder that when you only focus on the things you want, you tend to lose yourself and what you once valued along the way.

What do you love doing in your spare time?

Painting, always painting.

What do you wish you had more time for?

Hiking, being outdoors, going on adventures. I tend to let work takeover and become all consuming so having a little more time to get away from everything would be awesome.

Tell us about a woman, anywhere, who you most admire, and why.

My Mom. 100% my mom. She is the most courageous, kind, strong, giving and absolutely crazy person I know. She takes everything in her stride and has always made me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. She empowers, encourages and supports me every single day.

What’s next on your bucket list and when are you planning to do it?

South Australia, cage diving with Great White Sharks! Hopefully if all goes to plan, I will get there this summer.

Tell us about a recent Bay event you’ve attended.

I really enjoyed the recent Celebrating Sustainability event with the Sustainable Business Network. ‘Sustainability’ is practically my middle name as I’m always exploring new ways for Excelso to minimise our footprint on the planet, so I really enjoyed getting together with great like-minded people and learning from their ideas and experiences.

What tips could you share about your best approach to getting through a challenging day?

Don’t stress! The more you stress about it the more challenging it seems. Figure out what the problem(s) is/are and make a plan or steps to fix it or move past it. And then just kill it. A challenge is only ever as big as the emphasis you put on it.