10 QUESTIONS WITH ADELINE VINING
Adeline Vining, founder of Weanie Beans is a young entrepreneur that has been involved in the coffee industry for a long time. She started out working at Whittard of Chelsea at the age of 16, where she moved up the ranks to coffee buyer. After a few years there, she switched industry, working in the clothing department at M&S. After realizing how much she missed coffee, she switched back to the black stuff.
Her neighbour was Ian Burgess (Climpson & Sons founder) which led her to work for Climpsons, building on the knowledge she accrued from Whittard of Chelsea. There, her passion and knowledge developed further, to the point where she decided to go it alone. She initially set up a stall on weekends at a market selling coffee and then proceeded to launch a website, helping to grow the brand. The success of the business meant it could no longer be run on a part-time basis so Adeline said goodbye to Climpsons and put all her time in to growing Weanie Beans.
Weanie Beans have won a bunch of awards and accolade for their innovative products. The brand has recently been highlighted by The Guardian who featured Weanie Bean’s coffee commuter gift in their Christmas gift guide.
1. When did you start liking coffee?
From a very young age. I’m half French and in France my family used to sit around the table late at night drinking coffee. My mother used to dunk a sugar cube in her coffee and then give it to me, which gave me a head start on coffee!
2. How do you take your coffee?
I like a piccolo.
3. Do you have a favourite coffee shop in London?
I have a few favourites depending on what kind of mood I am in.
4. How did you come up with the idea for Weanie Beans?
I was working for Climpson & Sons, and I thought ‘I can do this’. I set up my own stall in a market which I worked on during the weekend and then one thing led to another.
5. If you had to describe Weanie Beans in one word what would it be?
6. What’s your favourite part of the job?
Interacting with lots of different people.
7. Advice to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Never be afraid to ask for help
8. What advice would you give to 18 year old Adeline Vining?
Save up more money.
9. Who do you most admire?
There are many people I admire. In the coffee scene I admire Ian Burgess a lot. He’s a friend and I have seen first hand how hard he has worked and the fruits that his labour has produced.
10. Rolling Stones or The Beatles?