Coffee On The Crescent

by Coffee On The Crescent in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th January 2018 we successfully raised £10,130 with 73 supporters in 35 days

I am asking for your help to raise £10,000 in order to fund The Coffee Machine which will be the heart and soul of the shop.

by Coffee On The Crescent in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you so much for all your help so far. I have been overwhelmed by the response to our campaign.

Like all new fit outs something always turns up that you haven't budgeted for. For us we have found rotten floor boards due to a long standing leak from the plumbing in the basement. We need to replace both.

Exposing the brickwork on the ground floor has also exposed some problems. Our back window has been incorrectly installed by the previous occupier and we need to make this safe. 

Please make a pledge so we can create the best possible environment for our customers to enjoy our great coffee. 

Thank you so much


Professional Cricket to Speciality Coffee 

Having achieved my childhood dream to be a professional cricketer, I now feel a strong obligation to encourage and support those who wish to pursue their dreams.I am creating Coffee On The Crescent in Leeds with the focus of providing a meeting space to inspire individuals to achieve their dreams, alongside serving great coffee.

Coffee On The Crescent

Our aim is to leave all our customers feeling uplifted through;

providing outstanding ethically sourced drinks and food, in a fun and vibrant environment.

concentrating on how we make our customers feel.

Every customer visiting Coffee On The Crescent should feel more positive about the challenges ahead, having visited us.

Supporting Local Talent

Coffee On The Crescent will support local emerging artists by exhibiting their work and providing a platform for them to sell. We want to support people who are on their journey rather than at their destination.

We will do the same for people with other talents such as musicians, authors and bakers and we welcome other ideas our crowdfunders might have.

Leading by example.

Talk is cheap, we will inspire through our actions not our words.

Take our coffee supplier North Star as an example. They have been chosen not just because it is a fantastic tasting and locally roasted coffee. It is a company that goes above and beyond the requirements of fair-trade and rainforest alliance. They are a company that are making a really positive impact on the coffee growing nations, both socially and environmentally.

Dreams without actions are wishes

Since retiring as a cricketer, I have used the determination and focus I was known for on the pitch to learn all I can about my other great passion; speciality coffee. This has led me to preparing for Coffee On The Crescent through business acumen training, coffee training and working as a Barista at Woodlawn Coffee. I hope that my journey to a completely new field will prove that it’s never too late for anyone to alter their life path.


In  return for your pledges help we are offering some fantastic rewards. For example

1) Get an invite to the grand opening.

2) Enjoy a coffee or a cricket masterclass.

3) Get a thank you plaque in the shop.

4)Or enjoy free coffee for life!!

This is an incredibly exciting time, the fit out, the branding, and a crowdfund all happening simultaneously. We will keep you informed of all that’s happening throughout our campaign. We also have some more incredible people and stories to share throughout the campaign. If you have a story to tell which will help or inspire others. Please do get in contact. 

A special thank you to all those who contributed to the making of my video. Especially to the wonderful brave souls who shared their stories with me for the content. 

Thank you 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

4 of 200 claimed

A huge thank you on your social media....

Instagram, facebook or twitter. You decide:) A free coffee when you visit and a big hug:)

£50 or more

11 of 100 claimed

A handwritten thank you card....

Free coffee and cake for two when you visit. And a big hug:)

£150 or more

3 of 10 claimed

2 hour cricket masterclass with Tim Linley

A 2 hour 1-1 personalised coaching session at Yorkshire County Cricket Club Indoor School. Improve your bowling and batting. Learn how the pros train and get the chance to face a former professional bowler in the nets.

£150 or more

2 hour home barista masterclass with Tim Linley

Come to The Optimist and learn the trade secrets to making the perfect cup of coffee at home. Have a go at Latte art.

£250 or more

2 of 10 claimed

VIP invite to our grand opening.

Come and join our party in February. The chance to meet me and all the people who have helped and inspired the Optimist Coffee House.

£365 or more

0 of 5 claimed

The Optimist Black Card

One coffee every day for a year:)

£1,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

The Optimist Gold Card

1 coffee per day for life

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Limited Edition Robert Bissell Print

One collectors edition sized print of your choice up to a value of £1200. Kindly donated by my friend Robert Bissell. Please note the print will be shipped from America so may take up to 6 weeks for delivery and prints are subject to availability. Find out more at

£1,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

The Optimist Gold Card and VIP invite for two..

to the grand opening. (Gold card free coffee for life)

£2,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Have a plaque with your name in the shop.

Be remembered as an Optimist Coffee House founder forever. 2 VIP invites to the grand opening and a special mention on the night.

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