Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Coffee Trade Shows: Big Train Visits St. Louis for Coffee Fest

We were excited to be a part of Coffee Fest, one of the leading tea and coffee trade shows, earlier this month in St. Louis. Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 and is viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products.

If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee you will find it at Coffee Fest! Everything under the sun that is found in an upscale coffee shop on either side of the counter, including the counter was on the exhibition floor. The best coffee retail education, training and workshops were present to network and learn from each other.


Coffee Fest started out as true celebration of coffee with a consumer coffee show hosted in Seattle in 1992. What began with 65 exhibitors and more than 2,500 attendees sharing coffee with the general public has blossomed into shows that sport more than 300 booths with close to 10,000 attendees serving the coffee trades. The “little coffee show that could” boasts a track record of 16 years and more than 50 shows of consistently and confidently pushing specialty coffee retailers to be the best.

Several members of the Big Train team were on-hand and also participated in the America’s Best Coffeehouse (ABC) Competition. The ABC competition is basically what you’ve seen from town papers like “the best cafe in town.” But, Coffee Fest took this to a national stage and coast to coast. In addition to the completed application, each participating coffee brand must also submit either a three minute video highlighting the coffeehouse, the team members, and the attributes that they believe make them the best coffeehouse in North America, or a picture of the coffeehouse and team members.


Ray Rule, Levi Andersen, Andy Solheim, Katie Fordonski participate in the America’s Best Coffee House Competition.

The exact recipes used included:

Maple Bacon Whiskey Shake
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
12 oz ice
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Maple
1 oz Jim Beam bourbon
1 strip bacon

Strawberry Bomb Smoothie
2 oz Jet Strawberry Bomb
3 oz Jet Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
0.75 oz Triple Sec
16 oz ice

Boozed Banana Freeze
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Banana
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
1.5 oz vodka
16 oz ice

It was great being submerged with fellow industry experts and enthusiasts to be apart of this event!

For more information about Big Train, visit kerryfoodservice.com. For more information about Coffee Fest go to CoffeeFest.com.