Black Dog Cafe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

the rise and rise of cafe’ culture

As we approach our 5 year anniversary it seemed timely to visit the London Coffee Festival a couple of weeks ago. London has become arguably the leading destination for high quality and innovative coffee drinking experiences. The Festival showcased all of this and on my visit a sensory explosion was unavoidable, I was awash with coffee.

One overwhelming feeling that the Festival encapsulated thanks partly to a seminar talk by Jeffrey Young from Allegra strategies was that the coffee industry is on the rise. The standard of coffee gets better, the customer has higher expectations, the science of making great brews is more important than ever and the beauty of cafe’ design becomes more integral.

The use of cafes as social and business hubs I’ve discussed before, but it is becoming more and more key in local communities and greater society in the UK as the shift from pubs as social space continues. This means exciting times for anyone involved in the coffee scene and while ‘too many coffee shops’ is a common complaint on the street it is because more people are drinking coffee and visiting cafes than ever before.

For us personally it also means as a business we have to continually strive to be better in a highly competitive marketplace. Alongside maintaining high standards in the day to day operation the desire to improve is becoming more and more important. With this in mind in July we refurbish the cafe’ and look to open on Sundays making this an exciting year at the Black Dog.

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