Trends we spotted | Week 36


At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about a ‘walking chocolate trolley’ at restaurant ‘El Celler de Can Roca’ with a Dutch element to it and a ‘High Tea with a twist’ at the Lobby Bar and The Restaurant of the Williamsburg hotel in Brooklyn, New York.

In 2020 Starbucks will deliver throughout the U.S. via Uber Eats and this fall a Dutch book called ‘Water, coffee beans & milk’ will be published in English as well.

Did you ever attend a Tank Party at a brewery? We never even heard of it, but the Camden Town Brewery Tank Party is held September 7 for the seventh year in a row!

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Starbucks delivery to be available throughout the U.S. in early 2020

Starbucks continues expansion in partnership with Uber Eats to address $24 billion U.S. online food delivery category. Starbucks Coffee Company announced plans to make Starbucks® Delivers available throughout the U.S. in early 2020 through an agreement with Uber Eats as their preferred delivery provider. The intention to expand follows an 11-market rollout which demonstrated successful operational integration and received positive customer response to an effortless high-quality experience consistent with the Starbucks brand.

Camden Town Brewery Tank Party | 60 hectolitres of beer, and you

We never heard about a tank party, did you? And it’s already the 7th annual tank party to be held at the Camden Town brewery! They’ve become so popular that they’ve to restrict tickets to advanced sales only for £10  – none at the door. But your tenner goes a long way; aside from entry, you’ll also get 3 beers poured directly from their vastly vast tanks, which each hold 10,000 pints a piece. The Camden Town Brewery Tank Party takes place on Saturday 7th September. The last release is already sold out unfortunately!

Jordi Roca’s walking chocolate trolley

Jordi Roca’s walking Chocolate chariot: the desserts that walk right up to you. It’s a new way to present and serve chocolate in the dining room of the famous restaurant ‘El Celler de Can Rocca’. The idea was to redesign their famous ‘petit fours chariot’. But their customers loved their chariot that much that they decided to make a new trolley for chocolate service. Jordi asked designer Andreu Carulla to make a walking trolley inspired by the walking sculpture of the Dutch designer Theo Jansen. Watch this short video on the Facebook page of Fine Dining lovers if you’re curious what it looks like.

High Tea with a twist at the Williamsburg hotel in Brooklyn

An inspirational video by Refinery29RVSP about the Williamsburg hotel in Brooklyn, New York. The focus is on the ‘High Tea with a twist’ which is served in the Lobby Bar and The Restaurant of the hotel. Their High Tea menu offers a variety of teas and sweet and savoury nibbles and cocktails like  ‘a Sunday kinda love’ served in adorable teapots. The video also shows the interior design of this hotel with great old vintage elements. The hotel is located in an old water tower and has a rooftop ‘Water Tower Bar’ at which you can enjoy your cocktail with a view.

Inspirational book ‘Water, coffee beans & milk’ | Second edition and will be published in English

This practical book of coffee specialist Joost Leopold and restaurant expert Petra Venekamp is experiencing a second edition in Dutch and has been translated into English. On 4 September 2019, coffee professional Joost Leopold (‘de Koffieschool’ in Utrecht) and restaurant expert Petra Venekamp (ConcreetAdvies, Utrecht) published the second edition of ‘Water, coffee beans & milk’. This is a handy book with 51 tips for professional and home barista to develop their own coffee style. In addition, an English translation of this successful handbook will be published this fall.

Together they regularly provide training at ‘de Koffieschool’ in Utrecht, this is where Leopold prepares hospitality professionals for the profession of barista. The compilers of the book assume 7 basic elements that are important for serving good coffee. These are: blend, machine, coffee grinder, great work, milk, mineral water and people. “If you want even better and tasteful coffee, the ‘solution’ is to adjust one or more of these elements. If these 7 basic elements are in balance, you are guaranteed to serve tasty coffee.”

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