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The Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival will take place from Friday 11th through to Sunday 13th September in the Industries Hall in the RDS, Dublin. For anyone looking at establishing their own coffee or tea shop, this is a must attend event.

Looking back over the visitor numbers from 2104 it’s a good event to attend as the numbers, busy as it was, still allow for you to meet and interact with the subject matter experts. You then have ample time to sift through the exhibitor section to get to know more about some of the key items you need for your own enterprise.

One of these key items to watch out for is the Clover ePOS or electronic point of sale system from the team at Allied Irish Banks Merchant Services. What’s an ePOS system got to do with a coffee and tea show?  Well, a whole lot in fact. The Clover ePOS costs a fraction of a traditional point of sale system.

So, when you’re in the early stages of setting up your own coffee house, having an affordable point of sale system allows you to invest more in other areas of the business. Plus, the Clover ePOs is also fully integrated with our online accounting software.

Things to check out at the show:

The Roaster’s Village
New to coffee and tea then hit this hall first. The ‘roaster’s village’ will give you a great introduction to a wide range of range of Coffee and Tea micro roasters and retailers all wishing to engage and tell you their story of their particular blends. The modern coffee and tea house is very attuned to this particular aspect of running a successful business. Customer’s expectations are such that coffee must be served to the highest of standards. As for teas, as wide a range as possible.

The SCAE Brew School
There will be a purpose-built Brew School allowing you to discover brewing methods behind making the perfect coffee. You’ll also be shown how to use different brewing methods such as Aeropress, Chemex  and Caffitere.

The Food Village
Not as important as the above two but important nonetheless as good food is an essential companion to good coffee. Here you’ll meet artisan food and beverage suppliers whose product compliments the coffee and tea drinking experience. Bakery, chocolate, water, pastry, juices and shakes will all be represented in the Food village.

National Competitions
Irish competitors have fared very well in international competitions and this is where you might see a barista world champion in the making. At the Festival, SCAE will run a number of their national competitions allowing you to view the very best in action over the 3 days.

Exhibitors Hall

As I mentioned above the exhibitors hall is well worth a visit and I’ve already pointed out Clover. There is close on 80 exhibitors so there is quite an amount to get through. If you’re really keen on the coffee shop enterprise then get to this show early. Take it all in, ask loads of questions and get as much information as you can.

Knowledge is power!

Btw, we’re running a daily competition over on Twitter for a pair of tickets to the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival. Simply retweet our competition tweets to enter.


Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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