LIMEDROP INTERVIEW: Talor Browne June 24 2016
Limedrop had the pleasure of talking with Norweign-based coffee and doughnut extraordinaire Talor Browne!
Who are you? What do you do? I’m Talor Browne, Australian but living in Norway. Currently, I’m on the cusp of opening my own roastery named Talor&Jørgen after working for others for 14 years. I also have a doughnut company named Fryd. We collaborate with different venues once a month and people are going crazy for it. I also write for a few different publications in my spare time. I was most recently published in a beautiful magazine named Brygg.
What are your top two tips for success in your field? Honestly, I took a really “safe” approach to succeeding in this industry, starting from the bottom washing dishes and progressing through the ranks. I worked for people I admire and moved on once I felt I had learnt all I could. I feel like I wasted a lot of time and energy using this approach. There is a new generation of coffee professionals that don’t play by the rules and I wish I had followed their lead. My advice would be to set your sights on what you want and to do it. Don’t take no for an answer. If someone tells you that what you want is impossible, find a way to get it done and blaze a trail. Make it work for you. Don’t let structure and routine get between you and your goal.
What did you think was impossible, but is now possible? I thought the chances of owning my own business was 0%. Until everything in the universe aligned, I met my business parter, Jørgen and realised that there would never be a time that I was truly “ready”. Now there is a real opportunity to enhance and improve the stagnant cafe culture here in Oslo and create something that will have a real impact.