Caffe Culture 2012
We’ve been at Olympia this week at Caffe Culture – a trade show aimed at the cafe bar market. It takes place in one of the side halls in Olympia, so its large enough to have a real variety of exhibitors, but to also have a cosy atmophere at the same time.
It was a really busy couple of days – we could tell that by the amount of samples we went through, leaflets we gave out as well as the amount of trade leads that we came back with.
We launched our new Cream Soda with a splash of Rhubarb at the show. Got some great comments back about it. Cream Sodas have a reputation for sometimes being a bit sweet and cloying, but mine has a completely different profile. It has all the creamy and vanilla notes that you associate with Cream Soda, but the Rhubarb notes give it a little bit of acidity and cut through to give a rounded taste. Overall we think its rather special and certainly folk seemed to agree, which was lovely.
But its not just about new business, its lovely to meet people who already sell Breckland Orchard on their menus. We LOVE meeting our customers, and they get to meet the team behind Breckland Orchard! It also gave them the chance to try our new Cream Soda with a splash of Rhubarb.
One of the treats of Caffe Culture is being surrounded by coffee exhibitors who absolutely know how to make a great latte/cappuccino………our friends on the Kimbo Coffee stand kept us topped up with lovely coffees with the most amazing latte art on the top of them.
For me what makes Caffe Culture stand out is the quality of the Business Theatre programme that was on offer to visitors. The speakers were top-notch and on the seats were packed out for every session – there was barely enough room to stand either. It meant that visitors to the show could spend the whole day there soaking up plenty of tips about the business of running a cafe bar. The richness of the information that could be gleened was priceless to anyone running a cafe or coffee shop.
We’ve done Caffe Culture for the past three years, and this years show was the best that we’ve been at……a real diversity of visitors, an interesting span of exhibitors from the very new to the leaders in the industry……we loved it x