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Top 5 sessions and competitions to explore at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show

The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show is brewing up a big return to Vancouver on Oct. 20 and 21.

By Lawrence Herzog

The country’s largest industry trade show and a roster of sessions will inspire with ingenuity and innovation. The two-day show at the Vancouver Convention Centre will bring together independent coffee and tea retailers, restaurateurs, foodservice operators, chain operators, distributors and buyers to learn and share.

The show welcomes back the Canadian Barista Championship, alongside the trade show. The show features aisle upon aisle of the best products and solutions the industry has to offer from North America and around the world. It will be a place to mingle, share expertise, nurture relationships, and make connections to build success.

Workshops and seminars will cover such topics as the sustainability of the independent coffee house; coffee, chocolate and desserts – outstanding combinations; and frappés that pay.

In these challenging times, everybody is looking for ways to drive profit and increase margins, and coffee, tea and dessert are three of the best ways to do it. The show will serve up new and interesting ways to win with specialty coffee and tea.

As Canada’s only national trade forum for the coffee, tea and dessert sectors, the show will attract a wide range of participants including retailers, suppliers, distributors, category managers, media, and interested visitors. In total, nearly 300 companies are expected to be represented on the trade show floor.

Streamed online from the show, the country’s best baristas – winners of Canada’s three regional barista championships – will compete for the chance to represent Canada next spring at the 2013 World Barista Championship. Each of these “coffee ambassadors” will prepare and serve 12 separate espresso beverages and present them to a distinguished panel of judges. They’ll be marked on various elements including station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skills and overall impression.

The baristas celebrate the passion and the craft, exhibitors and workshop presenters share the innovation and the knowledge, and everybody who attends takes away something new.

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Top 5 sessions and competitions

  • Coffee, chocolate and desserts – outstanding combinations

You won’t want to miss this session for a delicious and informative seminar on coffee, chocolate and dessert pairings.

  • Raise your spirits

Learn how to increase the sales of specialty alcoholic beverages in your business, understand customers looking for spirits-based beverages, hear the new market trends, and learn about available product offerings that are profitable and easy to produce.

  • Tea industry update

The Tea Association of Canada will give you the latest tea facts and figures, and you will hear about the most pressing issues affecting all of those involved in the tea industry.

  • You can’t spell cocktail without using a “tea”

Learn how to create sophisticated yet and delightful handcrafted tea- based cocktails in this one-hour demonstration presented by the Tea Association of Canada and Spirits Canada.

  • Frappés that pay              

This hands-on workshop reveals the secrets of producing popular and profitable coffee and fruit-based frappés for your customers.