Innovation steers European Coffee Expo 2019
The leading lights of the coffee sector gathered in London last week for the latest European Coffee Expo Steering Panel meeting to discuss the hot topics and themes that will shape the 2019 show, which will be held at London’s Olympia on May 21-22.
Innovation, education, exciting new launches and seeing the best equipment in action were all put forward as areas for the 2019 European Coffee Expo to focus upon in its second year – as the show expands and builds on the highly successful first year at its London Olympia home.
All agreed that this year’s debut show broke the mould when it came to coffee events, offering visitors, exhibitors and conference speakers and delegates a business-to-business purchasing and networking opportunity like no other.
The Specialty Coffee Association’s Owen Thoms, said: “I enjoyed the show and the fact it was a great networking opportunity. Decision-makers were there and you were able to have proper conversations with people. I got very positive feedback.”
Joao Almeida, founder of the Latte Art Bar and head of coffee for the Elan Cafes, said: “It was a really great show, with huge potential for the future too. The key is to be welcoming, engaging, amazing, entertaining and educate people too. I’d love to see more interactivity next year too.”
Artisan’s Edwin Harrison, BEAR’s Craig Bunting, Black Sheep Coffee’s Sanjay Bowry, Jessica Worden from GAIL’s Artisan Bakery, The Gentlemen Baristas’ Henry Ayres, Good & Proper Tea’s Josh Mordecai, Harris + Hoole’s Josh Brown, Paddy & Scott’s Scott Russell, Press Coffee’s Andy Wells and 7Gr’s Gianni Romango joined the SCA’s Thoms and Elan’s Almeida for the first 2019 Steering Panel meeting, held at Fernandez & Wells at Somerset House, along with the European Coffee Expo team, John Bednall, Annie Swift, Sukhvir Hayre, Michael Fyall, Emma Easterbook, Angie Webster and Coffee Business World editor, Kate Oppenheim.
Artisan’s Harrison made the salient point: “We all do the same circuits and the challenge is to keep it fresh and focused.” It’s this desire to create a ‘fresh and focused’ approach that led to European Coffee Expo’s creation of the Steering Panel, to work with the trade in order to create an exciting, relevant and business-focused show.
Other ideas coming forward for 2019 included the creation of conference panel sessions that really engaged with the audience and encouraged two-way discussions. The Gentlemen Baristas’ Ayers suggested: “Why can’t we spin the sessions on their heads and get the speakers asking the audience about the issues their businesses are facing? There’s such a wealth of experience out there and this is the chance to support other people.”
Creating zones to help people navigate the show was suggested by Press Coffee’s Wells, with areas for people wanting to start up a coffee shop or roasters looking for green bean suppliers.
GAIL’s Worden added that she’d like to see machine suppliers put their equipment under the pressure – to re-create the coffee shop environment at the show. And everyone agreed that it would be great to see tea being given an even greater voice, along with interesting soft drinks and amazing new innovations.
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Tell us what you’d like to see at European Coffee Expo 2019. Now’s the time to have your say and help shape next year’s show.
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- Pictured (top) Gianni Romango from 7Gr, Artisan's Edwin Harrison and Harris + Hoole's Josh Brown.