What do you think of when you hear the word Gosling? I immediately think of Ryan, as in Ryan Gosling, that mega-attractive Hollywood actor. The man who brings tears to my eyes every time The Notebook comes on. On the bike ride to Gosling Coffee, a young Amsterdam coffee roaster, I ask myself if their name will be based on this big star. But this turns out to be completely off-base.
“Gosling is the English word for a newborn gosling,” laughs Bonnie. “Geese cannot live alone; they need each other to survive.” A beautiful life and work philosophy. “At Gosling we believe in the power of collaboration. With coffee farmers, with customers, with other coffee roasters and importers. If we work with each other instead of against each other, we are much stronger. That way we can make a bigger impact when it comes to the living and working conditions of coffee farmers and the quality of coffee.
It is clear to me: Bonnie and Dick are pure coffee lovers, but Gosling Coffee has primarily been founded for ideological reasons. “Coffee is certainly not just a business for us,” confirms Bonnie. “If we have the opportunity to contribute something to the lives of the coffee farmers, or to the coffee world in general, I think we are obliged to do so.