Take a look inside Amersham’s new independent coffee shop.
Just Another Coffee Shop (JACS) will be opening its doors to the public this weekend and getbucks was invited to a special sneak preview.
Jacs is launching as a specialist artisan shop, offering punters good quality teas and coffees from around the world and owner Pete Wells says he hopes to bring 'a little bit of Shoreditch to Amersham'.
"It's like a Michelin star of the coffee world," he said. "It's not just slinging coffee to people - it's noting the product, it's working with the coffee."
The emphasis is on quality over quantity and excellent products over speed of service, but Pete did admit that it may sound a little pretentious and 'not for everyone'.
He added: "If you went to a restaurant and ordered a fillet steak and it came out two minutes later you would be worried.
"You can sling coffee quickly and easily but that's not what we're about."
The current coffee on sale is from Taylor Street Baristas, and Pete is proud to say that they are their first wholesalers.
Some of their coffee machines - looking like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all bleeps and lights and noise - are ex-demo, having been used at previous World Barista Championships (WBC) and the World Brewers Cup.
Pete, who was at the WBC in 2014, has a long background in coffee, having moved on from training hopeful baristas to working at Harris and Hoole and Smiths Coffee Company in Hemel Hampstead, London, prior to his move to Bucks.
Speaking about Saturday he said: "I can't wait to be honest. There's an equal measure of excitement and terror - it's scary.
"You do what you can to get everything ready and you open up the doors and hope people take to you."
The name Jacs came about as a 'bit of fun' but has stuck, and Pete chose Amersham because he 'wanted a community village, we were looking at places where there's a community', knowing the area well because of his previous role at Harris and Hoole.
Looking around at empty units in the village, he said 'as soon as I saw the front [of this unit] I feel in love with it'.
He added: "I love the front of the shop - big glass windows, quaint - it looks like an old tea shop."
Doing a 'soft launch' at first, gradually more and more items will be on sale at Jacs as Pete and his head barista - award-winning Immanuael Ashun - work out what is needed.
Jacs, on Hill Avenue, is expected to open on Saturday September 3 at around 8am.
Normal opening hours will be Monday – Friday, 7am - 7pm; Saturday 8am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm.