This year’s Caffè Culture is designed to provide established businesses with access to the people, products and knowledge to achieve their commercial goals. With coffee at the core, visiting the event will enable you to source the latest products and services to enhance your business. From the latest coffee machines, grinders and packaging to furniture and food suppliers, the event will showcase a diverse mix of suppliers that can help give your business that competitive edge.
In addition, a full array of information and training will be available via its multi-streamed seminar programme, live demonstrations and interactive workshops, to cater for the specific business needs of all types of operations.
Now in its 12th year, Caffè Culture has established itself as the leading trade-only event for the UK’s café and coffee bar industry. With a new home at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the 2018 event will provide the tools, expertise and contacts to help your business succeed.
What’s on at Caffè Culture 2018?
The Caffè Culture Talks Programme offers visitors the opportunity to learn first-hand from a host of leading international experts. The three-streamed programme will provide the necessary tools and know-how to not only launch successful businesses but also flourish in an increasingly competitive market.
Whether you are looking to launch your first coffee shop or roastery, the programme will provide the business tools to succeed and will cover all the essential elements of starting a business. Hear personal and engaging accounts from those who have both failed and ultimately succeeded and what they learned along the way.
The second of our three talks programme is aimed at owners and senior management from the multiples, chains and non-specialist sectors, and will offer an invaluable insight into the necessary steps on how to scale up your business. The topics will include creating simple operational systems, training and retaining the best people, building customer loyalty and how to effectively manage and grow multiple locations.
This year will see the launch of the event’s new Coffee Studies (2018) programme, which is a series of TED style presentations followed by panel discussions comprising of industry leaders. Each talk will bring a unique perspective in order to cultivate a forum for debate. It will explore all aspects of the supply and value chain, delivered by an outstanding host of presenters making this year’s programme a learning voice for the industry, while also offering an invaluable insight for those looking to start their own coffee business.
The Roasters Village & Cupping Zone, curated by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, is all about bringing the industry’s best coffees, people and companies together into one space. It aims to create a dynamic space that allows and encourages visitors to sample and focus on incredible coffee. For exhibitors it’s a great way to showcase their coffee and be part of a community inspired concept. The space will focus on both rosters and importers, and it will be made up of a collection of ‘pods’ and a cupping table with a timetable of rotating shifts from varying companies throughout the two days.
As part of Caffè Culture’s new programme, it has announced an exclusive new feature brought to you by former World Barista Champion Dale Harris. As the show’s centrepiece, his Flavour Pathway is an interactive sensory installation open to all, which will enlighten you on the complexities of flavour and how we taste coffee.
Harris comments: “Flavour is one of the key attributes of coffee quality: it’s the key differentiator between a good cup and a bad one, the factor that determines how much a given coffee might be worth to producers and consumers. As an industry, we spend a lot of time describing flavours to our customers with relatively little time considering where it comes from with them.”
The SCA UK Latte Art Championship Finals
We are increasingly being presented with wonderful patterns on top of our lattes, flat whites and cappuccinos in the UK’s top espresso bars. To celebrate this, Caffè Culture is delighted to be hosting the finals of the Specialty Coffee Association UK Chapter Latte Art Championships, which is an exhilarating competition showcasing pouring perfection. In front of a live audience, each competitor will be judged on their latte art talents in pouring matching pairs of drinks, with the most complex and visually appealing designs possible.
John Richardson, in conjunction with the Caffè Culture team, will be presenting a two-hour workshop on 16th October to illustrate the 10 key variables for sale. Paying close attention to these will ensure you build maximum value during the building of your business and can then present an appealing proposition for a variety of potential buyers. Richardson has built and sold 13 different hospitality businesses in his own name and learnt some of the lessons the hard way. He has also advised many of the key players in the industry, including the most successful medium sized chain sale in the past 10 years.
This workshop will provide the theory and tools to apply to your own business – even if you’re yet to set up. The Exit Strategy Workshop costs £55 + VAT.
Café establishments are now looking for new avenues to increase margins and revenue, meaning a new revolution is taking place in the sector. From beans to cone, there’s now a new trend that is set to go mainstream in serving gelato, waffles and healthy shakes as a menu extension.
To help keep you on trend, the event is launching Caffè Gelato. The purpose-built dessert and shake lounge aims to help educate visitors with guidance, ideas and a chance to sample various products. The Caffè will be made up of equipment by Caffè Gelato exhibitors, giving visitors a chance to try out the equipment and get advice on how to run a successful outlet.
Boughton’s Coffee House is delighted to be working in partnership with the Caffè Culture Show on this year’s new-style event. With a renewed focus and enthusiasm, the team who are running the Show have already engaged industry experts to present a number of key features in support of the regular, previously successful exhibits. One of these exciting new features is the Boughton’s Coffee House POP-UP advice centre.
The experts range from coffee roasters to café owners, training providers and business advisers, and they can help with anything from improving your profitability to engaging with your customers.
What? Caffè Culture Show 2018
Where? Business Design Centre, Islington
When? 16th and 17th October
More info: www.caffecultureshow.com