The Blend Top Ten: The panel debate at Lunch! 2017


Quite possibly my ultimate highlight of the year was the panel we hosted at the Lunch! Event at the ExCel in London back in September.

We decided to become media partners with the show and with that came the opportunity to host a seminar all about the speciality coffee scene. We decided to host a panel containing some of the best names in the industry and those who are at the top of their game. Our MD Jim Wilkinson hosted, and we called the panel ‘the ones to look out for’.


Steve Hawkes from Tina We Salute You, Fabio Ferreira of Notes, Grind’s owner David Abrahamovitch, Henry Ayers of The Gentlemen Baristas and Peter Dore-Smith from Kaffeine were posed questions about how they got their respective businesses to where they currently were, and one of the key topics of discussion was the different ways in which each of the individuals decided to grow their business. Peter wanted to make sure his business was perfect before expanding into a second shop, Steve said that the developers around the Olympic Park, where Tina E20 is approached him and David explained that he had taken to Crowdcube to expand his.

It was also fascinating to hear four of the five, when asked what books they would recommend, describe coffee-related books and getting to know your subject, whereas David offered his recommendation as a book called ‘Good to Great’, which is a look into the top companies around the world and what stood those out from the crowd.


We enjoyed that so much, and by the reaction, the gathering audience do too, so we’ve decided to follow on from this topic at The Blend LIVE, our very own coffee and business trade show that will be at The Printworks in Central London in March.

See you there.


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