Hi, my name is Laura Monk and I’m the founder of Leafy Bean Co. My passion for a good brew began at a very early age, when I used to beg my mum to make me warm milky tea just like hers. That passion never left me, and as I grew up I learned all there was to know about loose tea and great blends, harbouring daydreams of one day owning my own tea brand and cafe.
I’ve always been a creative person and soon found myself working as a carpenter in theatres, managing show builds. But that wasn’t enough, so I began selling my own range of teas at Sunday markets. One day, trudging through the rain on my way home after a busy day, I noticed a To Let sign on the side of my local railway station platform in Bowes Park, north London. And that’s when everything fell into place and my tea dream came true.
I snapped up the location and thanks to the help of some wonderful friends and family within five weeks Leafy Bean Co was born in October 2017. The café bar is now the thriving heart of this north London community, not only offering the very best in teas, coffees and snacks, but also locally sourced food and some brilliant events and classes, bringing local residents together.
You can also find our fresh and organic Leafy Bean Co loose-leaf teas online, along with fun gifts and accessories. Sustainability is important to us, so all our packaging is recycled and we only work with partners who share our values.
I smile when I think of my years as a child, sipping my milky tea as I built cafés out of lego, never imagining that one day I would be living the dream and people all over the world would be sitting in my café enjoying a warm drink.
And the best thing? Leafy Bean Co is growing every day, and that’s all thanks to you – fellow tea and coffee lovers united in our love for a good cuppa!
Laura starting the dream