For Leigh McDonald (Seattle, USA 1962) a visit in 1971 to the Starbucks store in Pike Place Market was a special event. Little did she know that 20 years later she would play an instrumental role when Starbucks made their first step in the direction of the San Francisco Bay Area, and later the world.
Leigh's great love for coffee and the special atmosphere in espressobars remained strong even after she left Starbucks. She followed a roasting course and later was taken under the wing of Alfred Peet who taught her everything he knew about coffee and mentored her for years. To learn more about her time with Alfred, click
Alfred Peet emigrated from Holland to the US and is seen as the source of the worldwide coffee movement. In the late 1960's, from his store in Berkeley, California, Alfred inspired, then delivered coffee to, and eventually mentored the founders of Starbucks.
In 1997 Leigh pioneered the Specialty Coffee Movement in Holland and founded one of the first Dutch espresso bars in Amsterdam: Coffee Connection. During her entrepreneurial years she opened 4 stores and launched her wholesale coffee business, gaining unparalleled experience in setting up and running espressobars in the Dutch market.
Leigh is a SCAE certified jury member for Dutch Barista Championship and Latte Art Championship.
Leigh has more than 25 years' experience with coffee and this can be seen in her ability to make blends which stand out from the crowd. Whether for the espressobar or for the office, a 7grams blend will always please.
7grams offers coffee blends suitable for horeca, the office as well as home.
A super refined taste palate gives Leigh the ability to make blends "on request". For clients wanting an exclusive taste on which to build their brand, Leigh will create a blend to specifications. A minimum of 1000 kilos per year is necessary for private labelling. For more information about your own blend, click
It is of great importance that a coffee program yields profits. Leigh has trained hundreds of baristas and is SCAE certified jury member for the World Barista Championship. Leigh offers a comprehensive training program to all customers, including refresher courses. Thus all personnel will be better able to preserve the quality of beverages, prevent waste and be able to handle their job as representive of the business.
7grams is the proper address where knowledge and expertise around the realization of a successful specialty coffee concept. Leigh thinks with the customer and rolls up her sleeves for a hands-on approach when it comes to getting a fully working concept up and running. All aspects are considered: design and placement of the bar, routing of process behind the bar, customer routing, branding, menu and pricing strategy, a businesscase with forecasting of margins and profits, tip&tricks for customer service and client bonding and advice over cost and quality control. The result can be seen as a blueprint for the business.