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The 2016 Canadian Coffee & Tea Show is set to brew success

Interested in brewing up new ways to give a jolt to your coffee, tea and dessert business? There’s no better place to find inspiration and innovation than the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show.

By Lawrence Herzog

1. Discover trends, opportunities and strategies to succeed. This year’s show returns to Toronto with an extensive trade show and educational seminars conducted by industry experts. The sessions are tailored for a wide orbit of operators – from rookies to veterans.

2. Network, learn, share. The show brings together independent coffee and tea retailers, restaurateurs, foodservice operators, chain operators, distributors and buyers. They learn and share at hands-on workshops, panel discussions, coffee and tea industry updates, business roundtables, and sessions on a range of topics. They mingle and make connections at the networking reception.

3. Build your bottom line. In ever more competitive times, those who want to thrive know they must drive profit and increase their margins. Coffee, tea and dessert are three of the best ways to build revenue and keep customers coming back for more.

4. The latest in tea trends. The Tea Association of Canada’s industry update delivers the latest facts and figures available along with a discussion of trends and issues impacting the tea business today. Out on the trade show floor, a diverse selection of exhibitors shows off the latest products, innovation and solutions for tea preparation and serving.

5. Learn from coffee industry leaders. The world of retail coffee is constantly changing, and a panel of experts discusses hot issues facing the industry with a focus on retail coffee marketing, supply chain and operational challenges. See, touch and try some of the newest coffee making equipment available for foodservice operators.

6. Expand your coffee and tea knowledge with sessions and seminars. The Tea Association of Canada’s Tea Sommelier certification is day one of the show. Learn what your customer wants in “Tea’s your customers,” a session that focuses on designing menus, seasonal promotions, how to properly prepare tea, and pair tea and food.

7. Learn the craft of coffee cupping with hands-on workshops for basic and advanced levels. You’ll be sniffing, slurping and swirling like an experienced veteran.

8. Learn from brilliant baristas. In brand-new hands-on workshops, professional baristas will teach you how to turn your foam into cafe art.

9. Expand your horizons. Open your mind to possibilities, look for solutions and ways to run your business more effectively — and have fun! Audience favourites like the Latte Art Throwdown bring excitement and entertainment to the trade show floor.

10. Nourish your passion. Meet old friends, make new ones, benchmark your business, and brainstorm new ideas to improve your bottom line. Soak up the enthusiasm and knowledge all around you and return home feeling invigorated and inspired.

Top tips to brew up success

Independent coffee and tea retailers, restaurateurs, foodservice operators and buyers from across Canada will come together September 25 and 26 for the 2016 Canadian Coffee & Tea Show. The two-day event, at the International Centre, offers up the industry’s largest trade show and an assortment of educational seminars and hands-on workshops.

Sessions will help operators:

  • Improve business results
  • Build sustainable coffee and tea programs
  • Merchandise their cafes
  • Position themselves against their competition

Show highlights include:

  • The 2016 Canadian Barista Championship
  • The Canadian Latte Art Championship
  • Educational seminars, workshops on coffee cupping and tea tastings.

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