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!

A Bespoke Coffee Experience for The Red House Hotel’s 40th Anniversary

The Red House Hotel – 40 years running a busy hotel for the whole community in Coupar Angus – now with its own Bespoke Coffee Experience with Blendly!

The Red House Hotel, the last Hotel in Coupar Angus, is the home of fresh bespoke coffee!  The Hotel now has its own Beer Garden, open every day, and serving teas, coffees & lunches, as well as alcoholic drinks.

 

Outdoor Beer Garden has become a popular coffee hub to enjoy a blether and check up on friends we may have not seen recently

Currently celebrating 40 years of ownership by the Bannerman family, 2020 is a special year for the Hotel. Dating back to Victorian times, when Coupar Angus had a vibrant railway station, the building was originally called The Railway Hotel. When the trains ceased to run, the neighbouring potato store and railway yard was purchased by current owner Alan Bannerman’s father Norman, and his Uncle Telford, from then owners, Scottish Brewers, in 1979, with the two men calling their business partnership, Nortel Leisure. Redeveloping the building back into a Hotel, which they called The Red House Hotel, the business opened its doors to guests in 1980.

“Developing our own delicious coffee blend with Blendly, is just one of the new initiatives we have introduced to celebrate our forty years of ownership,” said Alan.

As a brand it was important for us to create something unique that matches our brand values for quality and independence.

“It’s also in response to customer demand, as everyone wants great coffee at any time of the day, and we were finding that artisan coffee was becoming more and more popular.”

“As a brand it was important for us to create something unique that matches our brand values for quality and independence. We’re not a big chain hotel – we are family run, one of the  biggest employers in the town, and we promote community.”

The Red House Hotel blend, also available at the Hotel’s sister business, The Dalmore Inn, Blairgowrie, is a Dark Italian Espresso, featuring a third Brazilian Santos Beans, a third Colombian Excelso Beans, and a third Ugandan Robusta Beans. The grind is Whole Bean, whilst the Roast is Dark Italian. Customers can order this very same coffee to enjoy at home by scanning the QR code which is displayed in each venue. The coffee will then be delivered to their homes within three working days, to bring a taste of their favourite local establishments to their home!

With Quality food and service at the top of  The Red House Hotel’s agenda, they understand that more and more top establishments, hotels and restaurants have increased sales of the hot drink three times faster than specialist outlets, by creating coffee blends that are unique to them and their customer.

    • According to Mintel Coffee drinking is ingrained among Brits as, today, a coffee-loving four in five (79%) adults drink coffee at home.
    • Drunk by 62% of adults, instant coffee is the nation’s number one in-home coffee brew, followed by ground coffee (24%) and coffee pods (15%).
    • Keeping up appearances, as many as one in five (20%) coffee-drinking Brits say they would be embarrassed to serve instant coffee to their guests. But it is the nation’s young (aged 16-34) who are Britain’s top coffee snobs, 31% of whom would be embarrassed to serve a cup of instant coffee.

 “Our Beer Garden has also become a great spot to gather, drink our coffee blend, and chat in small bubble groups – our customers can come into the hotel. Coffee and a chat has become so important post covid as we all reconnect, so let’s do it over the freshest, most delicious coffee we can offer,” added Alan Bannerman. 

We love to use seasonal ingredients, and ingredients that mean something to us, so a dessert with our own coffee, maybe a pannacotta, or a coffee souffle, is bound to be popular with the many foodies we attract.

Head Chef at the Hotel, Nigel Liston, is excited about working with Blendly, and has plans to develop a dessert containing the Hotel’s blend.

“This is quality coffee containing speciality coffee beans harvested around the world,” he said. “We love to use seasonal ingredients, and ingredients that mean something to us, so a dessert with our own coffee, maybe a pannacotta, or a coffee souffle, is bound to be popular with the many foodies we attract.”  

As palates change, Blendly, the commercial coffee roaster, understands that many more people are looking for increased choice in quality food and drink. Blendly allows its customers to create their own coffee experience, delivered fresh.

Allowing them to explore the flavours of different beans and roasts is part of the Blendly coffee experience!