Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Big Train® Invades the 2011 Coffee Fest in San Diego

coffeefest expo 2011 big trainIn 1992, a group of professional coffee brewers gathered together in Seattle, Washington to make and sell coffee for the everyday consumer.   What began as a simple festival would soon transform into one of the most prominent gourmet and specialty beverage retail trade shows, and in 1998 that’s exactly what happened. Coffee Fest became an expo for retailers, distributors and manufacturers to get together and make their businesses better through increased knowledge and higher quality products.

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Our friends Kady Wade and Matt Best from Blendtec mixing a Big Train® beverage

On June 3rd through the 5th, Big Train® was lucky enough to take part in the 2011 Coffee Fest in San Diego. Although we didn’t have a booth this year, Big Train® has been exhibiting products at this unique trade show for more than 10 years. What sets this expo apart from other coffee exhibitions, is that while most of them focus more so on whole bean coffee or roasting, the Coffee Fest shows feature everything needed to start a coffee shop; from whole bean coffee, drink mixes and brewing equipment (i.e. Blenders from Blendtec as seen on the right) to supplies like flavor syrups, cups, straws and lids. They even have cash registers and mints! Because there is such a variety in what’s being sold, it also leaves the door wide open for many different kinds of new and innovative products being introduced into the market, another highlight of attending.

Here are the upcoming Coffee Fest dates:

Coffee Fest Hawaii 2011                                            Coffee Fest Seattle 2011
July 08 – 10, 2011                                                         September 23 – 25, 2011

Coffee Fest New York 2012                                      Coffee Fest Chicago 2012
March 09 – 11, 2012                                                    June 06 – 08, 2012

From a business standpoint, attending Coffee Fest is beneficial for someone starting a specialty coffeehouse or a food service location because there is everything you need in one show – a one-stop shop. For those already in the business, it is a chance to see what new products and services are available and seeing ways to improve current systems. So if you’re involved in the industry, make a point to familiarize yourself with this worthwhile event

Have any questions about Big Train®? Visit our website or call us toll free at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).