Sierra started in 2010, registered as Bishkek Coffee Roasters.… By February of 2011 we had received our coffee roasting equipment and were up and running. Starting with small batches we have built up our roasting capacity and client base, to serve many of the hotels and restaurants in Bishkek and beyond, with key corporate clients like the Hyatt Regency of Bishkek and Kumtor Gold.
The dream of opening a coffee roasting and café business in Bishkek was formed a long time ago by Brad & Amal Brenneman, while living in Uzbekistan. Good coffee and the “just right” café experience was hard to find at that time. So, they set out to build one themselves! Hailing from New Zealand, Brad had seen New Zealand go through the transition from a “tea” culture to a “coffee culture,” and recognized that Bishkek was on the verge of this global cultural trend. It was already happening in places like Moscow, St. Petersburg and Almaty.
After finding a local partner, Brad & Amal began working in earnest to get Bishkek Coffee Roasters and Sierra Coffee KG up and running in Bishkek. Why Bishkek? After spending time in Kyrgyzstan on holidays from Uzbekistan, especially visiting the Issik Kul region, they found the Kyrgyz Republic to be open, inviting, beautiful, and a great place to raise their two active boys. Also, the Kyrgyz Republic has created a favorable business environment for foreign small and medium investors.
Over the past few years the dream of Sierra has become reality and all of us at Sierra are proud to be part of building up the Kyrgyz Republic through business.