Rob Dunne and Victor Frankowski are DunneFrankowski. We’re a creative coffee consultancy based in London but working worldwide.
In 2010 we became colleagues and quickly found that we had similar aspirations and shared an understanding of people’s connectivity over a cup of coffee. With this in mind, we established DunneFrankowski the following year with the aim of coupling different industries and sectors of the coffee business to one another through a multitude of creative outputs.
Over the last four years, we’ve worked on a broad spectrum of projects across Asia, Europe and the Middle East with a variety of different clients including; Grey Goose, Nike, Cravendale, Brita, Cimbali and The London Coffee Festival
We also received critical acclaim for creating two concept bars. Firstly, ‘Protein by DunneFrankowski’; a minimalist, multifunctional space within a digital agency’s disused reception and secondly, ‘DunneFrankowski at Sharps’; a speciality café inside a traditional barbershop in Fitzrovia.
Most recently, alongside Allegra Events, we’ve developed a new, consumer-facing and multidisciplinary competition called ‘Coffee Masters’ that’s currently held in both London and New York.
After managing several busy kitchens for 3 years within the Dublin area, in 2009 Rob decided to move from the kitchen to the bar and concentrate more of his attention on tea and coffee. In the same year, he entered the Irish Barista Championships & Latte Art Competition, attaining 4th and 3rd place respectively.
Following this, he was hired by Matthew Algie to head training & education predominantly for its Independent clients. This resulted in a move to London in 2010, working in conjunction with the sales and management teams in order to improve customer relations and coffee knowledge. Rob introduced competition standard training for all interested clients, which lead to improved quality and care within the associated cafes.
Later, he returned to the speciality cafe sector as manager and head barista of London’s original Tapped and Packed store. Here, he prided himself on customer service, engagement and overall hospitality. Coffee quality became a heightened focus, with the introduction of continued coffee cupping, selecting from all that the UK had to offer with a multi-roaster revolving menu.
In 2015, he joined forces with the newly established Old Spike Roastery. A not-for-profit, social enterprise which aims to help and house London’s homeless community by way of selling coffee. His role is made up of quality control, training and all things coffee.
3rd Place UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2014
Certified Sensory Judge for the SCAE UK 2013, 2014, 2015
Coach and Trainer: Spanish Barista Champion 2012, 2013
Victor has worked in hospitality since 2002. Originally from Australia, he moved to London in 2007 and has seen firsthand the growth of the UK and European speciality coffee industry. During his time in London he has worked as an independent trainer, barista and consultant working with the likes of Climpson and Sons, TAP Coffee, Taylor St. Barista’s, Union Hand Roasted and The London School of Coffee.
He’s judged barista and coffee competitions in the UK and Europe, regularly contributed to the world’s largest online coffee publication, sprudge.com and in addition, co-produced The London Independent Coffee Book.
Amongst all this, Victor is also a professional photographer and within the coffee community, he’s worked on a variety of assignments ranging from publicity shoots to advertising campaigns.
3rd place UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2010 & 2011
Certified Sensory Judge for the SCAE UK 2012, 2013
Coach: Spanish Barista Champion 2012
Judge: UAE Barista Championship 2013
Judge: Polish Aeropress Championships 2015