SOMERS VINTAGE TEA ROOMS – IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT TEA

Somers Cafe, in Haywards Heath, is a Blendly customer, with recent reviews listing its coffee as “the best for miles around!” We’re very pleased about that!

Run by Madeleine Somerville for the past four years, Madi, as she is known, has worked with Blendly for a year now, developing her own bespoke coffee blend called Somers.

The consistent pricing from Blendly is something Madi is really happy with, having found that previous coffee suppliers were not only erratic when it came to pricing, but were also guilty of real dips in standard of the quality of the product.

“When you’re really busy running a cafe, you want to know that your coffee will arrive on time each time, be of the same high quality each time, and be at a price you were expecting each time – not get any unpleasant surprises! Blendly ticks all the boxes in these important points,” said Madi.

“They are a very realistic supplier, easy to engage with,” she continued. “Their ethics in business really impressed me, and their approach to the task. That’s why I’m delighted to be one of their customers, and to recommend them to others.”

“My coffee is often mentioned in reviews, and we get positive comments in the cafe when serving it to customers – they love it.”

“Researching different types and blends of coffee at various other cafes in my area is so important to me – I spent a bit of time visiting other businesses to see what I think of their coffee,” said Madi.

“We do a lot of afternoon teas here, but of course , some customers prefer to have coffee, not tea, with it. For me, it’s the whole experience, the hot drinks must be as good as the sandwiches and the cakes.”

“We’re really pleased to have found Blendly, and look forward to a long relationship with them. I certainly want to go on and develop more blends when I can, as it really makes your cafe stand out from others.”

BLENDLY HOPES TO BECOMES THE FIRST COFFEE COMPANY IN THE WORLD TO ESTABLISH A NEW DIGITAL ACADEMY TRAINING COFFEE BARISTAS OF THE FUTURE

We’ve applied to the Government’s KickStart Scheme to use our existing online platform which taps into a vibrant covid19-proof food & drink infrastructure!

We’re hoping to become the first online coffee business in the world to offer a digital training environment to Coffee Baristas who have lost their jobs in the ongoing covid19 pandemic.

Under the Government’s KickStart Programme we hope to train and employ up to thirty Baristas, over a six month period, to become Blendly Distributors, learning more about the vibrant new digital food and drink infrastructure, in which coffee, as a valued commodity, is a major player. These Baristas will be chosen from candidates throughout the UK.

We’ve recently secured a five figure Scottish Government funded Digital Development Loan from DSL, a Glasgow based Responsible Finance Provider, to be invested in Sensor Technology & Predictive Ordering. This is an important step for us, meaning we are now perfectly placed to facilitate and run a digital training school. It will give the unemployed an opportunity to convert, upgrade, and develop new skills!

Our successful Barista Distributor platform provides the opportunity to manage and grow a coffee business. It can be done entirely from home, making it ideal for the current Covid19 inflicted world.

Blendly is growing into new markets, with new digital technology playing a huge part. We look forward to helping those in the hospitality sector gain new employment, and knowledge, which will see them running their own coffee businesses. We need to focus on a more positive future.

 

 

Helping Baristas to add greater value to customers is at the heart of Blendly. They can enjoy an extended choice of distribution, product flavours, and tastes that they can then access and pass to customers. Our existing Baristas manage a network of coffee drinkers. Their businesses grow based on their own expertise, commitment, and knowledge of the coffee industry. We all must now engage with the modern digital economy.

Under the KickStart training, those taking part will be paid for twenty five hours of work per week. Topics covered will include sales, account management, IT, and marketing, with our new employees given ample time to find roles which fit with their skills and experience. At the end of the training they will achieve an Accredited Company Certification in recognition of their skills, which also provides access to ongoing skill development and opportunities.

Our new Barista Graduates will have the option to stay with Blendly as part of our inhouse team, or as a Barista Distributor. Or they can make their own way into the business world, equipped with the skills needed to succeed in a modern digital economy. We’re waiting to hear over the next four weeks when this can start – keep you posted!

GORDON BRINGS NEW ZEALAND COFFEE CULTURE TO THE BEAUTIFUL SCOTTISH BORDERS

 

Gordon’s cafe in Melrose enjoys a beautiful setting

Gordon Smith was keen to bring the vibrant Kiwi Coffee Culture he had experienced for the last 38 years to his new cafe venture in the Scottish Borders, and decided that Blendly was the perfect coffee partner to work with to achieve his goals.

Having returned to Scotland 2 years ago, after his many years in New Zealand, Gordon, known locally as Gordon the Grocer, set up his cafe which is part of the Melrose Cricket Club in the grounds of Borders General Hospital.

Having found Blendly online, he asked company founder Mark Wilson and his team to create what he called a “no bitterness” coffee, as he felt that many UK coffee blends were too bitter for his liking.

 

Gordon also bakes delicious pies 

The resultant blend, called May All Your Balls Be Yonkers, is now an extremely popular blend, not just in Gordon’s cafe, but with Blendly’s online customers who can buy blends created by others to enjoy at home.

“My customers sing the praises of this lovely blend,” said Gordon. “They say it’s one of the best coffees they have ever tasted, so that is praise indeed, and shows you that Mark and his team really knew what they were doing when they created this exclusively for me.”

“I’m starting to get a coffee culture here in my cafe, which is exactly what I wanted , I’m really pleased.”

Gordon added that he had tried to create a cafe which offered customers a real quality experience, from the coffee, to the food, to the ambiance.

“We are near the hospital so many people pop in who have been visiting and are looking for a calm oasis – it’s very peaceful and quiet here.”

“I want to continue to work with Blendly to refine my blend even more,” said Gordon. “I also want to continue to grow my customer base locally.”

“Blendy certainly takes you on the very best coffee journey,” finished Gordon. “I’m happy to recommend Blendly to any other cafe owners who want to create something really special to make your cafe stand out from the crowd!”

 

Coffee is certainly up there as one of Gordon’s main passions, but the other is sport, namely rugby and cricket. He currently coaches players at Melrose Rugby Club and is involved in the development of cricket in the Borders, by working with Melrose Cricket Club.

Gordon is a cricket & rugby coach

A very busy man! We wish him well from us all at Blendly!

5 Star Coffee Choice from Blendly Comes Together with a Wow Factor Interior & Delicious Scottish Brasserie Cuisine – All in the Heart of Dundee

With one of the widest selections of Barista Coffees in Dundee, from Cortados, to Frappes, to Layered Espresso Freddos, Nikos Matsikas, General Manager of the stunning 7000 sq ft Brasserie Ecosse at Shore Terrace, is certainly making the most of his blossoming relationship with Blendly Coffee!

Voted one of Dundee top five restaurants, and a leading player in hospitality along Shore Terrace, with the V&A just over the road, Brasserie Ecosse has worked with Blendly since it opened two years ago. The building in which Brasserie Ecosse is housed is rich in history, with one notable fact being it was the location for the founding of Dundee Utd in 1909, when the team was first known as Dundee Hibernian.

Now it’s a sleek and stylish brasserie with an urban vibe, boasting a champagne tasting area, eclectic contemporary furniture, eye catching metal curtains, and a feature wall of moss and succulents.

Of Greek Heritage but originally from Chicago, Nikos has worked in New York, and at some of Scotland’s top hotels such as Gleneagles and Malmaison. He brings a wealth of experience, together with global food & drink influences to his role at Brasserie Ecosse. He is responsible for two fantastic coffee blends which he has developed with Blendly, a Brasserie Ecosse Artisan Blend and the Iwoca Crema blend. Customers can purchase these delicious coffees by scanning a QR code in the restaurant.

We’re proud of our range of unique artisan coffees, created with Blendly’s easy to use online tools which enable you to choose the beans, and the level of roast for each coffee blend

“We’re proud of our range of unique artisan coffees, created with Blendly’s easy to use online tools which enable you to choose the beans, and the level of roast for each coffee blend,” said Nikos. “It was a very positive experience to create them, with masses of support from Blendly whom we would recommend to anyone.”

“We also enjoy cost savings, and other benefits by being a Blendly customer,” he added. “They certainly understand the hospitality sector, and what we need in a coffee supplier.”

Nikos went on to say that he believed having your own coffee blends certainly made any business stand out from the crowd, especially with customers being able to quickly and easily buy the blends to enjoy at home, by scanning the QR codes.

We have had very positive feedback on the coffee from our patrons

“We have had very positive feedback on the coffee from our patrons,” he said. “We certainly used our imagination to create delicious hot and cold coffee drinks.  I created my very own logo which is etched onto the cappuccinos in chocolate – it’s a mix of a traditional Greek symbol, with  a traditional Scottish one – it’s very much become out trademark branding,” said Nikos.

“We have it on our water bottles too.”

“We’re all about an elevated experience here at Brasserie Ecosse, which is on a par with any five star hotel.”

“Blendly is a five star partner,” finished Nikos, “and whatever plans we now make for 2021 as we start to come out of the covid19 crisis, Blendly will be at the very heart of them. Our brasserie is a truly amazing space, in which we hope to hold events, tastings, and special promotions again as soon as we can.”

Mike’s Coffee Blends Mix Great Coffee with Cakes in a Busy High Street Setting

A move from the leisure industry into running a coffee shop has been a good one for Mike Lowe, especially when he discovered Blendly.

Having previously run Bingo Halls and pubs, Mike acquired the former MacDonalds in Kirkcaldy High Street five years ago, and set up Cupcake Coffee Box.

A year into the business, he met Blendly founder Mark Wilson who set him on the path with commercial roaster and blender, Blendly, enabling him to create his own custom blends of coffee based on Italian blends similar to that used by Lavazza, one of his favourite brands.

Mike now has several blends, including the Cupcake Coffee Box Artisan Blend, the Bad Boy Blend and BlackNBrewed. All these blends are now sold on the Blendly website as an additional stream of income for Mike as the creator. His customers at Cupcake Coffee Box can order the coffee through Blendly, or direct in the coffee shop by scanning QR codes.

 

Mike sells his blends to a number of friends along with two other franchisees.
Plans are afoot for him to launch another blend which he is going to call “Three Beans Coffee Co”. Another Italian blend, it will mix Columbian beans with Indian Cherry and Ugandan Robusta, but with some subtle variations.

So far, COVID-19 has prevented him from opening his new outlet at Kirkcaldy Train Station, which will offer Three Beans, and he has another cafe in the pipeline too.

I’d recommend Blendy to any coffee shop owners. The platform is engaging, easy to use, and once you take up a Barista Plan there are numerous financial and community benefits to enjoy.

He’s also launching a Coffee Concierge Service which will see him set up a coffee service for other businesses, providing the coffee, and sourcing & training the staff.

 

“Blendly has opened up a new world of coffee opportunities for me,” said Mike. “My customers love my blends, and I am hopeful that as soon as we can recover from the ravages of COVID-19, I can be successful with my new ventures, and go on to launch yet more blends.”

“Blendly has given me the coffee knowledge, access to fantastic quality beans, and the tools to create what is in effect a separate business for myself.”

“I’d recommend Blendy to any coffee shop owners. The platform is engaging, easy to use, and once you take up a Barista Plan there are numerous financial and community benefits to enjoy.”

Adrian’s Tutored Coffee Taste Buds Find Blendly to Their Liking

Adrian Sensenet could certainly be described as having very tutored taste buds when it comes to coffee.

Running an Information Security Business, and two Events Companies in London and Singapore, he is a very busy entrepreneur with a long term background in coffee.

For a number of years he was a Taster for one of London’s best ranked coffee shops and advised friends on equipment and bean choice.

I found Blendly online and liked the fact that I could access seasonal beans. I’m always looking for consistency of supply, and ease of delivery, both of which Blendly covers effortlessly.

Now due to COVID-19, he tests and develops more taste combinations at home and sells coffee blends to friends and family, who trust his impeccable taste and judgement over what beans to select.

“I found Blendly online and liked the fact that I could access seasonal beans,” said Adrian. “I’m always looking for consistency of supply, and ease of delivery, both of which Blendly covers effortlessly.”

“I am now a regular customer with Blendly, choosing them over several other roasters whom I used to buy from. I found that some of them had changed their blends and they were no longer to my taste, and I didn’t like them as much.”

“The recent lockdown saw me keep a number of more vulnerable friends, who were shielding, supplied with Blendly coffee,” he said.  “I can see this continuing for a little while as these people are not keen to return to mainstream shops anytime soon, and like the fact they are getting a premium, artisan coffee blend, supplied to me via myself. The products I am selling are based on my many years of expertise in coffee.”

“I would happily recommend Blendly to other coffee connoisseurs, whether for business, or pleasure, as it’s a reliable company building a solid track record.”

Five Reasons Why Blendly Is the New Utility on the Block!

1) There’s no doubt that coffee is now a global commodity to which we all want quick and transparent access. We’re a commercial coffee roasting company, a new transparent “utility” in a global marketplace, where you can access the freshest possible artisan coffee from growers all over the world.

Blendly is the only company in the world to aggregate all three steps needed for the production and supply of your cup of delicious artisan coffee. We hold a selection of sustainably sourced, high quality coffee beans which we sell to you at transparent prices.

We have our own roasting facilities to custom roast beans to client’s bespoke requirements.

We distribute the coffee, with our trade customers, many of whom run coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants, receiving a commission through our range of flexible Barista Business plans. Or if you are an individual who just loves great coffee, you will receive your coffee straight to your door at the click of a button.

2) In the search for the best digital food and drink services, make sure you explore Blendly, the commercial coffee roasting company which provides quick and easy access to freshest possible coffee from growers all over the world.

Our buying habits today mean that we want commodities instantly, we want to buy them responsibly and we want to put our own twist on them if we can. You can buy custom roasted coffee from Blendly 24/7, 365 days of the year. Instantly. From a huge choice of delicious blends, or create your own with our expert guidance.

3) Blendly is a vibrant online coffee marketplace, selling coffee and engaging with its customers 365 days of the year. We’re a transparent utility, easy to access, which provides a sense of community for all our customers and partners. When you become a Blendly Barista and access our unique interface, you can swap ideas, share advice, and benefit from our business “tools” which cover topics such as stock control, E procurement, equipment care, and distribution! We’ve thought of everything to be a one stop coffee shop.

4) Coffee loving consumers benefit from Blendly coffee, the online coffee marketplace, by ordering at home at the click of a button, with their coffee choices delivered to their homes within 72 hours. They can create their own blends, with expert advice given to them by us, as no one knows coffee like we do! We can match favourite High Street Coffee Shop blends, or enable customers to buy the coffee that other Blendly corporate hospitality businesses are serving to their customers anywhere in the world. We have unique QR codes displayed at Blendly venues where customers can order for next day delivery. It’s simple done well.

5) Blendly, the online coffee marketplace for the freshest coffee possible, lets you show your personality in coffee, as you can create a coffee “unique to you”.
As a utility which makes great coffee instantly available, Blendly lets customers have a greater stake in the coffee’s provenance, and in personalising their choices, it’s a more meaningful purchase.

As coffee customers you matter to us, we want to know what you think of our fresh, sustainably sourced coffee. We’re a new community marketplace, and knowledge is power to be shared. We’re always ready for the next coffee trend coming along, but we always apply our values of quality and transparency.

Further details on our website.

Demise of the Coffee Salesman!

Lockdown buying habits have boosted fortunes of our coffee marketplace utility Blendly, but overriding trends for bespoke coffee blends 24/7 means there’s little chance of coffee companies like us ever using door to door selling

We’re a transparent “utility” in a $300 million dollar global coffee marketplace, which is well placed to take advantage of Millennials desire to embrace digital food and drink services.

Blendly is currently the only company in the world to aggregate all three steps needed for the production and supply of your cup of artisan coffee. We hold a selection of sustainably sourced, high quality green coffee beans from all over the world which are sold on at transparent prices, and we have our own roasting facilities to custom roast the beans to our clients bespoke requirements.

We also distribute the coffee, with our trade customers, many of whom run coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants, marketing their coffee via our online marketplace.

Having created a vibrant coffee marketplace online, selling coffee and engaging with our customers 365 days of the year, Blendly Baristas can access our unique interface to swap ideas, share advice, and benefit from our many business “tools” which cover topics such as stock control, E procurement, equipment care, and distribution.

Coffee loving consumers can order Blendly coffee at home at the click of a button, with their coffee choices delivered to their homes the next day. They can create their own blends, with expert advice given to them by us or they can match favourite High Street Coffee Shop blends. They can also buy the coffee that our existing hospitality business customers are giving to their customers anywhere in the world. Just use the Blendly website, or order at the venue where a unique QR code enables instant ordering with delivery to the door within three days.

We have fifteen years of experience in buying commodities, and cater for the growing trend amongst young people in “creating things unique to themselves.”

As a customer you want your commodities available to you instantly, and you want to have a greater stake in them, to know the provenance, and to personalise your choices.

Whether it’s for your own use at home, or you are running a business, as customers you want to feel you are making responsible and meaningful choices which will benefit the wider community.

Our Community Builder allows our Baristas to connect with customers online and take charge of their local distribution to these clients. Our Baristas can develop opportunities supplying customers in their own homes. It puts both our Baristas, and our customers, at the very heart of the business.

Food & drink services accessed online, such as Blendly, are very much here to stay.

It’s a blow to the traditional door to door salesman, but operating like Blendly gives much lower running costs, savings which can be passed onto the customer, whilst feeding profit back into the business.

The customer can access great coffee 24/7 anywhere in the world, even during the recent lockdown of the economy.

The Boathouse Glencaple Case Study

Denyse Boyle has been working with Blendly for ten months and was delighted to find a Scottish based artisan coffee roaster & blender to supply the coffee at her popular café and shop, which she runs at Glencaple in Dumfries & Galloway.

A huge coffee fan, as well as something of an ambassador for it, Denyse spent a total of fifteen years working for one of the nation’s favourite coffee brands, fulfilling the roles of both store manager, and brand excellence coach – so you could say she knows her coffee beans!

The price point is very attractive too

She developed her blend with us – 80% Brazilian Santos Bean and 20% Guatemala Hue Hue bean – based on her own personal preferences, but was confident that her customers would love it too. Listing Blendly’s efficiency as the biggest benefit to using us, she is delighted that the coffee is roasted for her by Blendly, and delivered to her so fresh!

“The price point is very attractive too,” says Denyse. “I’m the only venue that provides this delicious blend, made into fabulous hot drinks for my customers to enjoy.”

“It’s a real talking point for my customers whom I have told all about Blendly, and how we worked together to create the blend,” she added.

“I definitely feel special having my own bespoke blend for the cafe. If you take pride in your business, and want to share and promote the provenance and sustainability of the ingredients you use, then why wouldn’t you extend this to your coffee? It’s one of our biggest volume products.”

They are a fully digital, one stop shop where I feel valued as a customer. I would encourage any coffee shop to check them out and see how they can help them build coffee sales.

A next step for Denyse may be to start selling her unique blend to others, as she builds on this aspect of what is in effect, a separate coffee business within her business, something which Blendly help with every step of the way.

“Blendly have thought of everything,” finished Denyse. “They are a fully digital, one stop shop where I feel valued as a customer. I would encourage any coffee shop to check them out and see how they can help them build coffee sales.”

Gordon Peat and His Old Monklands Blend

With an extensive background in retail management, Gordon Peat from Coatbridge knows what makes customers tick. His motivation and drive knows no bounds with him having been a professional football player in his youth.

His love of coffee over the past six years has seen him become a Qualified Barista with his own coffee cart, and a Qualified Grader for Arabica Beans.

Knowledgeable and passionate about coffee as he is, this has naturally led Gordon to social media where he is active on Instagram with coffee hints and tips, and on his blog where he recommends great coffee shops to others.

On discovering Blendly, Gordon worked with us to develop his Old Monklands Blend, containing a mix of Brazilian Santos beans, Ugandan Robusta, Indian Monsoon Malabar beans, Kenya AA beans, and Indian Sumatra Beans. It was so named because he lives near the Old Monklands Canal in Coatbridge, once a bustling commercial route for transporting goods.

I wanted to reference where I live and work in my coffee blend, after all this something you are creating which is unique to you, and your experiences

“I wanted to reference where I live and work in my coffee blend, after all this something you are creating which is unique to you, and your experiences,” said Gordon. “As well as the Monklands canal being here, this area of Coatbridge used to be run by Monklands District Council, so it made sense to have Monklands in the name. It meant a lot to me to reference this, and I was confident it would resonate with the local people who are my customers at my coffee cart.”

Gordon loves experimenting with coffee roasts and blends. “I have both a large and small roaster at home which are fantastic to use,” he said. “I started off roasting and experimenting at home for my own use, but as I became more confident I started my coffee cart which I really enjoyed.”

“It was brilliant to get my own Old Monklands blend which my customers, as well as friends and family, love. Through Blendly and its many business tools which you qualify for under the Barista Plan, I have been able to grow this coffee business and significantly increase my customer base,” added Gordon.

I have access to worldwide beans, and I enjoy professional service with my Blendly coffee delivered promptly to me.

“I have access to worldwide beans, and I enjoy professional service with my Blendly coffee delivered promptly to me.”

“I’d recommend Blendly to anyone who loves coffee,” finished Gordon, “whether it’s for their own personal use, or to develop as a business. The buzz of creating something unique to yourself is also amazing in today’s fast paced world, dominated as it is by huge brands. Create your own brand I say!”

With thanks to Lee Freeman Photography for the images in this blog! Lee has worked with Gordon to show him hard at work making coffee!