European Coffee Expo, the speciality, trade-only coffee event dedicated to the business of coffee, tea, soft drinks and related products will take place at London’s Olympia on May 22nd & 23rd 2018.
The Expo has been created just the foodservice sector to help them maximise their success in serving coffee, tea, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages as customers are becoming far more knowledgeable and demanding.
Visitors to this free event will be able to meet a wide range of exhibitors all under one roof (with over 100 exhibitors from many world leading brands to numerous smaller, ‘hidden gem’ suppliers). They will also be able to take in a comprehensive education programme featuring conferences, workshops and demonstrations.
The free to attend conference programme at European Coffee Expo is expected to be a popular feature. Extensive industry research with key coffee and foodservice buyers and decision-makers revealed that there is a real appetite for ideas, inspiration, trends, case histories and information – and no sales pitches! Highlights include:
- Secret of my success inspirational sessions featuring great operators across the beverage ecosphere, featuring speakers including David Abrahamovitch, CEO & Founder, Grind and Doug Williamson, Founder & MD, Esquires Coffee
- The story of a start – up – Edwin Harrison, Owner, Artisan
- How to survive and succeed in the new 5th wave of Coffee – Tim Sturk, Director of Coffee, Angel Hill Foods with David Blair, Director, Beanworks
- The consequences and opportunities for the sector of the Sugar Levy – a discussion with Arnaud Kaziewicz Executive Chef, EAT, Cawston Press and the British Soft Drinks Association
- Sustainability – what are the biggest challenges, a discussion featuring the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group and the Beverage Standards Association
- Trends – an SCA Masterclass featuring must-know insights
In addition to the conference programme, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in practical hands – on training sessions, including taster sessions of the Specialty Coffee Association’s Coffee Skills Programme. Several of the Specialty Coffee Association’s local Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) will be at the show to deliver some taster sessions of the Coffee Skills Programme’s six modules: Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills, Brewing, Sensory Skills, Green Coffee and Roasting. The SCA is a non-profit, membership-based organisation that represents thousands of coffee professionals from producers to baristas all over the world. The taster sessions will offer practical workshop-based training sessions, providing an insight into the world of specialty coffee. The sessions will be free to attend, however spaces will be limited and must be pre-booked in advance.
Annie Swift, managing director, European Coffee Expo, said, “with its total focus on coffee, tea, soft drinks and the equipment required to prepare and serve them, the event is inclusive of the whole market from artisan coffee shops, hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants to contract caterers, leisure operators, retail and the travel sector – the entire, serious, professional foodservice market.