We know coffee brings people together, but this newly-engaged couple from Lillydale, Victoria, have shown us a whole new level.
When Corey Williams, of Mr. Ristretto contacted us to help him achieve the perfect proposal, we were honoured to be a part of the big day! Here’s a little more about the story.
Tell us a little about yourself and your fiancé? How are you involved in coffee?
We met when we were 10 (or so) years old at a skating rink. I like to think I charmed her with my rad skating skills right away. Took her another 9 years to decide to go on a date with me though……..
We’ve both been involved (individually) in the coffee/hospitality industry for over 10 years. But, we both quit our jobs in 2015 to focus on building our own little venue together. We opened Mr Ristretto in early 2016 and have developed very quickly into a highly regarded destination for quality specialty coffee in the Yarra Valley.
How did the proposal happen? Talk us through the moment?
I had to tell a million little lies to hide what I was planning. She signed for the Tamper package at the shop. So I had to start making excuses as to why she couldn’t have it right away.
I thought of a million ways that I could ask the big question. But ultimately, I went down the traditional path and picked a nice dinner restaurant to blurt it out.
Why did you choose a Pullman Tamper?
I like to try and do things a little differently. I hadn’t ever heard about anybody doing anything quite like this. We spend most of our days hovering around a coffee machine, so it seemed fitting.
Words are words. But a quality Pullman Tamper, will last forever. Will be a great piece to hold onto to show the kids when they’re old enough. 🙂
What was her response?
Yes (thankfully)! I definitely would have made her pay for dinner if she said no…………
Is she going to use the tamper?
Initially she said it was far too pretty to be used…… But also said it was far too pretty not to show off to the world. So it sits next to my Pullman at the café (we’re starting a collection). I’m not allowed to use hers though. She says I’ll just “make it dirty”.
Check out Corey’s and his new Fiance’s cafe Mr. Ristretto , you’ll be sure to find some serious love and passion behind their espresso shots!