We had a fantastic time at our 5th birthday party last night. A full story will follow in a day or two, but we just wanted to say a quick thank you to all our wonderful regular customers, colleagues, friends and family who attended, and for the many generous cards and gifts. Thanks to Lenka, Danny and Johnny for pulling shots and pints all evening. Special thanks to Norse for providing delicious canapés, BAD Company of Knaresborough for specially crafted coffee beer and New Generation Wines for prosecco. Not forgetting the spectacular Six Harmonies Lion Dance Crew. Watch this space for full story and photos, but in the meantime sincere, proud and humble thanks again.
Just over 5 years ago, Hayden and I set off from our London home in a large removal van full of all our worldly goods, including a picnic cooler full of goldfish, to set up a new life and our own business in Harrogate, in what had previously been a video hire shop.
On 13 January 2010, after a few weeks of painting, decorating, and waiting for our chairs to be delivered through deep snowdrifts on the motorway, Bean & Bud opened its doors for the first time. On our first day of trading we probably had 5 or 6 customers brave it through the elements! Five years on, Bean & Bud is a thriving business. We have survived triple-dip recession and lived to tell the tale, have appeared in the Guardian online as well as local press, and have won national awards. More importantly, we have built up a great customer base made up of great regulars as well as people seeking us out from far and wide to try out our great coffee.
We will be holding a small celebration at the shop on Saturday 24 January from 6pm, with some specially crafted beer by BAD Co., bubbles, fancy nibbles by Norse and one or two surprises. It would be great to see you there. If you can’t make it, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over our 5 years. If you do plan to come it would be great if you could let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org, so we have some idea of numbers.
Here’s to the next 5 years!
Brian’s Coffee Spot is a well-known and well-respected blog in the coffee world. Yesterday Brian announced the results of his annual awards (20 in all). We were pretty thrilled to be awarded Best Filter Coffee of 2014. We have really been building up our filter coffee offering, it’s becoming more and more popular with customers. We offer a separate coffee option for our brewed coffees, roasted a little lighter and usually from a different varietal or origin which works better for brewed coffee. Why not try one for a change next time you’re at Bean & Bud.
You can read more about the awards at http://www.brian-coffee-spot.com/
As Christmas and the New Year approach, a very sincere thank you to all our great customers and wonderful staff for a great 2014. It has been a brilliant year for us, including adding to our team of great baristas who work with passion, dedication and attention to detail. This has been reflected in our success in the Beverage Standards Awards, where we won 2 national awards as well as 5-Cup (Outstanding) Accreditation.
2015 looks set to continue in this exciting vein, with our 5th Birthday celebrations happening in January, so do look out for lots of information and coverage of our celebration.
Have a wonderful festive season and we look forward to seeing everyone over the festive period and in the new year. Our opening times are on this page.
From The Bean & Bud Crew!
We had a lovely time at the Beverage Standards Association Awards evening at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Monday evening 10 November. It was great to meet some old and some new friends, talk shop as much as we wanted and have a great get together with like minded people.
Of course, the real business of the evening was to present this year’s Beverage Standards Awards. We were very proud to have been shortlisted in 3 categories: Best Tea in the UK, Best in Raising Standards in the UK and Best Cappuccino in the UK. We were absolutely thrilled and surprised when our name was called out as the winner of Best Tea in the UK! We had hardly time to gather ourselves after being presented with this award when the Best in Raising Standards award was announced. Imagine our excitement to be named winner of this award too! Absolutely thrilled and so proud.
We were also presented with accreditation as a 5-Cup (Outstanding) winner, one of only 7 businesses in the UK to receive the highest accreditation, which makes the shop a destination for visitors. This is an important award to receive as it takes into account all aspects of the environment and customer experience of the shop, as well as the quality of the drinks served. This award is a credit to our whole team at Bean & Bud who work with pride and passion to deliver excellent service to all our customers.
The tea we were assessed on was Huo Shan Yellow Buds from Jing Tea. The assessors were also impressed by the range and quality of our teas, and the care we take over brewing the tea, weighing out every dose and paying attention to temperature and infusion. Since the visit we have introduced the addition of an attractive carafe when serving our teas, so that they can be decanted to prevent over-infusing.
The award for Raising Standards is awarded to a business that has invested time and effort into delivering exceptional standards across the board. Again, we were very proud to receive this recognition for the hard work and passion that goes into our business.
We are thrilled with these awards, but will not be resting on our laurels; we will continue to deliver exceptional quality and service to all our customers.