Coffee & Specialty Coffee Expo 2019

 
Specialty Coffee Expo 2019
 
 

Our trip to Boston for the The Specialty Coffee Expo, or Coffee Expo for short, has come and gone.

We’ve come home with countless ideas and serious caffeine withdrawal after consuming 10+ cups of coffee a day for three straight days.

This year four of us from the Stauf’s Crew were honored to make the trip to Boston.

A few of our highlights outside of the Coffee Expo include walking the Freedom Trail until our feet hurt, eating New England Clam Chowder at the Quincy Market, taking the T everywhere (including places we didn’t want to go, by accident!), and eating all the pastries Boston is famous for.

The highlights from inside the Coffee Expo could be an endless list, but we’ll narrow it down to our top favorites for you.

 

Serving our Coffee at the Marco Booth

 
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On Saturday morning we had the pleasure of serving some of our coffee at the Marco booth.

We sampled some of our favorite roasts, by brewing them up on the Marco P90 pour over system. We use this system at our Franklinton and Discovery District shops, so we were already pros at it!

We had a blast introducing people to our coffee roasted in Columbus and getting to chat about our favorite topic (coffee!) with other Coffee Expo guests. A big thanks to Marco for having us!

 

Trying out new Slayer Espresso Machines

 
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Over the weekend we were able to meet up with our friends at Slayer and test out some of their new machines.

We have an espresso machine from Slayer in our Franklinton shop, and were scoping one out for our newest shop in Victorian Village.

We got the chance to try out some of their new machines, and we were blown away with some of the cool, new gadgets involved! We can be big nerds when it comes to our espresso machines, and these ones had us pretty stoked.

We love the Slayer for the unique ways their machines work, and in the end the Slayer Steam LP was our number one pick!

 

Learning about Seasonal Cold Brew Flavoring

 
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Ideas for Cold Brew Flavoring

During the Coffee Expo we attended a short workshop about cold brew coffee flavor pairings, and tips on making flavor choices that our customers will love.

We learned about changing things up in Spring, Summer and Fall; which taught us how to keep our recipes exciting and fresh throughout cold brew season.

We took home loads of ideas and inspiration, and we can’t wait to share them with you guys in the coming months!

The Specialty Coffee Expo was an all around success, and a fantastic weekend filled with learning new tricks of the trade, incredible ideas, and excessive amounts of caffeine. We are grateful to be able to learn more about our passion— coffee— and to be able to pass our knowledge on to our customers.

Now we’re back to slinging coffee in our Columbus shops, right where we belong!

COFFEE & Blog Kickoff!

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COFFEE & CONNECTION

Our blog about COFFEE &

Community, Connection, Conversation, Collaboration, Culture & Columbus

This is the kickoff post for our blog: COFFEE & (That is: Coffee and)

This year we want to focus more on connecting with our customers and creating a deeper community. Creating this blog is a small part of connecting us a little deeper with YOU, our customers, who we like to think of as friends.

On the Coffee & blog we will be sharing things like:

  • Collaborations we are working on.


  • Coffee-related recipes - Hello, Highlander Grog Iced Coffee!


  • Upcoming events and workshops we are hosting or participating in


  • Updates about our stores- New stores, product launches, etc.


  • Trends in the coffee world- New coffees, up and coming brewing products, new ways to brew. 


  • More in-depth explanations of coffee drinks - the nitty gritty of how to make a good espresso, pour over and more!


  • Details about some of the farms that supply our coffee. 


  • And much, much more!


Since it is still early in 2019, in this article we’re going to do a recap of 2018, and upcoming plans we have for 2019.

2018:

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Last year was a good one for us- in the Spring we opened up our 5th store in the Discovery District, and have been enjoying the community surrounding that shop. Having Ballet Met, Platform Beer Co, CCAD and Columbus State right next door we have enjoyed getting to know our neighbors and the neighborhood!

 
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Throughout the year we were honored to receive “Best Of” Coffee Shop titles from: The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, 614 Magazine, and Columbus Underground --which could only have happened because of YOU, our fantastic customers. So, THANK YOU, from all of us at Stauf’s!

 
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In September we celebrated our 30th anniversary, and finished up the month with a party at our Grandview shop. We ended the year filled with so much gratitude about being able to serve Columbus our coffee for 30 great years and that we get to continue doing what we love: bringing you great coffee!



 

2019:

Coffee shops in Victorian Village

We started off this year with the announcement of our plans to open a 6th shop in the Victorian Village in Spring of 2019. We are excited to serve coffee to the community in Victorian Village and surrounding neighborhoods!

In April we are sending a few of the Stauf’s crew to Boston for the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo. We will be posting behind-the-scenes footage from Coffee Expo, and giving our social media followers an exciting look at what’s new in the coffee world. It will also be a great opportunity for us to get new ideas about what new coffee practices and equipment to offer our customers in the near future.

This year we will continue to partner with Star House-- a local center for youth experiencing homelessness in Columbus-- to raise support for the organization, and even train some of the youth on customer service certification! We love what Star House is doing, and we want to continue helping them accomplish their goals.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to read our first blog post. Leave a comment, question, or topic you’d like to see covered in future Coffee & blog posts!



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