New coffee shop - the Missing Bean - opens in Banbury town centre

A new coffee shop has opened in the town centre of Banbury bringing the town another speciality coffee venue.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 2:36 pm
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 7:48 pm
The Missing Bean coffee shop has opened in the Banbury High Street (Pictured: Staff members: Catalin Rusu and Laila Pipara and head of business development Silviu Rad.
The Missing Bean coffee shop has opened in the Banbury High Street (Pictured: Staff members: Catalin Rusu and Laila Pipara and head of business development Silviu Rad.

The Missing Bean coffee shop officially opened in its High Street, Banbury location yesterday, Thursday June 17.

They sell their own freshly roasted coffee, which is roasted in Oxford. They offer filter coffee, an espresso, flat white coffee, a cortado / piccolo and a macchiato, hot tea by Canton along with other options on their drinks menu.

Silviu Rad, head of business development, said: "We are a roastery that tries to promote coffee that's sourced ethically. We roast to get the full potential of the bean out."

The Missing Bean coffee shop has opened in the Banbury High Street (Pictured: Head of Business Development Silviu Rad and staff members: Catalin Rusu and Laila Pipara

They also offer locally made cookies and cakes provided by Flour and Flo bakers based in Banbury. And from next week Thursdays will be 'Donut Day'. They will offer donuts from Pippin Donuts based in Swindon.

Silviu said: "They're extremely popular. They're next level donuts."

The opening of the Banbury shop is part of the company's expansion project.

Ori Halup and Vicky Troth, the company's founders, launched the first Missing Bean coffee shop in 2009 with its first location in the city centre of Oxford.

The Missing Bean coffee shop has opened in the Banbury High Street (Pictured: Head of Business Development Silviu Rad and staff members: Catalin Rusu and Laila Pipara

After introducing specialty coffee to so many, Ori decided to invest in a roasting machine and took on a small industrial space in Oxford, where he started roasting his own coffee in 2014. In a few months, through word of mouth they got our first wholesale customer and their customer base grew from there.

Silviu added: "Driven by quality, friendly and sustainable relations with farmers and customers we have now grown in a business with five coffee shops, a bigger roastery with warehouse, five direct trade relations and wholesale customers all over UK and even a few in Europe.

The company opened another Missing Bean location late last month in Abingdon and have plans for another location in Oxford in a couple of months.

For more information about the Missing Bean business see their website here: https://www.themissingbean.co.uk/ They're operation hours are 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Silviu added: "At first we were a bit hesitant to open in Banbury, just because it is a bit of a commute from Oxford, but after seeing the space and the location we had to go for it.

"The High Street is buzzing on a sunny or weekend day and Banbury is a developing city, with a steady increasing population which makes it a target for speciality coffee.

"The more good speciality coffee shops that open the more people get a taste for good coffee. It's definitely a positive thing to see more coffee shops open. We hope to see even more open. Competition in this industry is definitely a good thing. It improves the quality.

"We are looking forward to serve the most sustainable and delicious coffees to our future regulars! "