20-year-old Wellington twins turn 'Evil Twins Coffee' into success story – Stuff.co.nz

When 20-year-old twins Stephanie and Natalie Chin​ were trying to name their Wellington coffee shop, they put their short list on Instagram.
‘Evil Twins Coffee’ got the most votes.
Natalie said the name was fitting because growing up, they would get asked who was the evil twin.
“Who wants to be the nice twins? That’s so boring.”
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This time last year, the pair felt stuck in their lives, unsure with what they wanted to do.
The twins felt the pressure to study at university and get jobs.
But that was not something that necessarily inspired them – instead, it felt more like boxes they had to tick off.
It was brother-in-law Victor​ who encouraged them to think about what they really wanted to do.
The twins were 19 when they first started thinking seriously about setting up their own coffee shop.
“We want to grow and make our own decisions and we’re not going to grow if we’re feeling stuck," Natalie said.
While Natalie is taking a break from her Fine Arts degree to focus on the business, Stephanie is studying graphic design part-time.
Before they officially opened on Wellington’s Vivian St, the pair spent months learning from a barista to perfect their skills.
“We’d ask people who walked by if they wanted a free coffee and to give us feedback," Stephanie said.
But the twins kept the coffee shop a secret: “The idea of it was so scary, we didn’t tell anyone.”
Struggling to find a good matcha latte in Wellington, Natalie decided to make her own with Ceremonial Grade powder from Japan.
Natalie said it took her a couple of months to find the right balance between bitterness and sweetness when it came to making their matcha lattes.
Their lattes, which they call matcha love, come in jars but were not the only jar drinks on offer. There was also cheeky peachy tea jars and triple shot latte jars. Alternative milk versions were also available.
“We never thought it would take off,” Stephanie said. But now their jars were being stocked at cafes near Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington.
Unable to keep up with the growing demand, the twins said they were in talks to have their jar drinks made in a factory.
The ‘Evil Twins’ name has also attracted the attention of other twins and their parents – with people bringing in their twin babies and taking a photo with the Chins.
While a common saying was never to go into business with family, Stephanie said they were two peas in a pod.
Their older sister and brother-in-law are also involved in the business, helping where they can.
“We’ve all become so close and I’m really grateful for that.”
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