Category: Coffee

New Blog Post: Coffee Mornings – Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills

Finally got back to Social Media Coffee this morning – the atmosphere and crowd was as energising as I remember it back in December last year. I was greeted by one of the chaps offering tastings of their new Timana Colombian Coffee – delicious – prepared via plunger, it was very smooth, not at all bitter to taste. I’ll be back.
I was pleased to be able to catch up with the charming and adorable Beth Etling from startup The Insight Exchange. Unlike any tradtional events company to date, Beth has joined forces with futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author Ross Dawson and I look forward to attending their first luncheon event next week – The Power of Influence. Contact me (leave a comment) if you’d like discounted tickets to this event.
Another highlight was introducing the team from the award-winning artisan baker Brasserie Bread to coffee mornings. I recently met Brasserie Bread’s CEO and Director David James and online comunity manager Mei Tan – these guys are really interested in educating and engaging with their valued customers and embracing social media as a way to do so. Just this week they have started a new blog, and joined Twitter. They have had a Facebook page for some time now – it’s really encouraging to see traditional “bricks and mortar” businesses like Brasserie Bread be open to embracing these new forms of communication.
I really can’t fault the service at Single Origin Roasters too – there must have been 60 people there this morning and they were hand-delivering our coffee and breakfast orders in impressive time. Well done guys.
I look forward to making more regular appearances and getting to know people at this event – every Friday from 8am.

New Blog Post: Social Media Coffee at Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills #fb

G’day folks, I feel compelled to blog about this morning’s incredible experience: Social Media Coffee, held at Single Origin Roasters cafe at 64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills.

This event, which had the atmosphere of the “unconferences” like BarCamp and WordCamp – is a good excuse for a get together for some very bright minds operating in all things online communities, digital and social media.  I thank my Twitter pal Neerav Bhatt for introducing me to this event. A quick Twitter Search later, and I was locked in.

Two hours later, and after pretty much constant chatting meant I managed to meet some inspirational people, such as:

Beth Etling, ad:Tech’s Marketing and Content Director;
Sarah Peacock, dmg World Media’s Marketing manager
– Matt Moore,  Knowledge Management specialist at Innotecture;
Neerav Bhatt , professional blogger.
Neil Phillips, Principal Consultant at Uniqueworld;
Scott Drummond – Communuity Manager at Sports Hydrant.
Another key takeaway was Matt Moore kindly referring to me several interesting resources:
– the interesting IBM blogger Jasmin Tragus – who writes the wonderwebby blog.
– James Robertson from Step Two designs – a vendor-neutral intranet and content management consultancy.
What I love about unstructured events such as this one is the directions conversations can take and topics covered.  The above group was just a small snapshot of the people there today – in fact there were more than 100 people there, plus a fantastic band playing.  The cafe itself and in particular Gav and Nick (the cafe’s friendly proprietors), was a sublime experience, and will be posted about in The Food Zeitgeist soon.
Update: 15th January 2009, via Ben Cooper on Twitter I stumbled upon this great video, by Scott Drummond, which captures well the experience that is Single Origin Roasters:

Single Origin Gypsy Friday from Scott Drummond on Vimeo.