What does it take to build an empire on coffee beans and sugar? Sahar Hashemi has brought Londoners her two most prized businesses: coffee and candy. Sahar launched Coffee Republic, a chain that has evolved as far north as Glasgow and as far south as Devon, with her brother Bobby after they were unable to find a quality coffee in London. Since the store’s inception the duo have branched out, taking Coffee Republic abroad to Romania, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait. Not only has Sahar established herself as a coffee queen, but she has also launched a candy line called Skinny Candy that is sold in prominent London department stores Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Sahar sat down with the ACN and spoke about/discussed her business, while also confessing to us her favourite coffee.