Glasgow Lives: Kyle, 34, Dennistoun, account manager at Dear Green
I come from Montrose in Angus, and I moved to Aberdeen when I was 19, to make it in a band, which obviously didn't work out because I'm not famous. I had moderate success in music, but it got to the point where I was getting older and I was starting another band and then another band, and we weren't making it, so it was kind of time to focus on something else. I wanted to progress my life, rather than being skint all the time and not having any time off.
My wife is from Bothwell, and we met in Aberdeen when she was at university. I proposed to her in 2014, and when it came time to think about the wedding, we were also thinking about where we were going to set up home for the rest of our lives.
We decided to move to Glasgow and start our married life down here. When we first moved here it was kind of a bit hard going, because I'd never lived here before, and all my friends were back home. But once I started working and discovered that there's a lot of great things happening here, I realised that it's such a great place with so many things to do. We’ve lived here for five years, and we've got a little boy now and I’m still finding places to go and things to do that I never have before.
I always remember that when I first moved here, I was about to get off the bus and this older lady who was a lot shorter than me, tapped me on the shoulder, and said, 'Excuse me, are you going to get my bags for me?' For me, that just sums up what Glasgow is like - no one is afraid to speak to you or ask for a wee bit of help. I found that really funny but also quite comforting and of course, I helped her off the bus with her shopping bags, it was a really good introduction for me to how Glasgow is.
I've worked in hospitality for most of my adult life and always had an interest in coffee, but I'd never had the experience of working in it. When my son was born, and I was up in the middle of the night with him, I’d find myself at 3am reading up on coffee and how interesting it is. The more I learned the more I wanted to be involved in it. Just by chance, I happened to message Dear Green, which is an independent coffee roaster founded and based in Glasgow, and told them I'd do anything to get some experience and learn about the industry. Luckily, they took a chance on me and here I am now, so I feel very fortunate to work here.
I look after our wholesale customers and make sure the coffee is going out the door. Our sales now stretch right up to the top of Orkney, all the way down to the bottom of England. It's a great coffee that we roast right here in the city. There are more and more specialty coffee shops popping up, as well as roasteries, and people are realising that they can come to Scotland, and Glasgow, for great coffee.
The more I've worked here, the more I've learned and the more I want to progress within the industry, which is really inclusive, there are no secrets. I mean, the end goal is that we want everyone to drink better coffee and the only way we can do that is by sharing all this knowledge that we have collectively. And that's kind of across the board, across coffee. There are no rivalries between us.