Caffé Culture a great success
This year’s Caffé Culture show was the biggest and best yet. The three day event at London Olympia also played host to the 2010 World Barista Championship, drawing coffee professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe.
Mercanta and our sister company, The London School of Coffee, had a fantastic – and very busy - three days at our stand in the main hall. The full Coffee Hunter team turned out for the show, including Leah from Mercanta North America, Christian from our Central America office, and Fleur from our Australian partner, Melbourne Coffee Merchants. Grant, who works at our London office, attended both as a Coffee Hunter and a newly elected member of the SCAE board.
It was great to see so many of our customers, growers and friends in London, and to have the chance to meet lots of new people – from producers to roasters to aspiring barista champions. We were also delighted to host two of our longtime grower partners, Don Fabio Solís and his wife Sonia from Finca Las Nubes in Guatemala, whose coffee we cupped on the stand. This was the Solís’ first trip to Europe and a brilliant opportunity for them to meet the people who buy and roast their precious coffee.
The WBC final provided an exciting end to this year’s show. We were pleased to see several of the competitors using our coffees – including finalists Scottie Callaghan (Australia) in 3rd place using a blend of Colombia Matituy and Kenya Mbee, and Ireland’s Colin Harmon in 4th place using El Salvador La Ilusión and Alaska.
A big thank you to everyone who visited us on the stand for helping to make Caffé Culture 2010 such a great event, to the amazing people at Bunn and Mulmar for providing our machines, and finally to the sun for shining all week!
We hope to see some of you again at the Specialty Coffee Association Japan (SCAJ) show in Tokyo in September (22nd-24th) and/or Coffee Fest Seattle in October (29th-31st).