The Beverley Festival of Christmas 2009 was, for The Blending Room, a “tale of two halves”. On one hand, it was a fantastic day where we got the chance to meet new people, had the chance to talk about coffee and tea and generally have a great day out. Then, on the other hand, it was a total nightmare! Where our expected Friday delivery of new cafetieres didn’t arrive, leaving us short of Christmas presents for people. Then to top the day off, our trusty Bunn grinder decided that this was the morning to stop working! I’ll explain further:
The day started well enough, our usual set-up went smoothly, electricity supplies were on and we were blessed with an excellent position and a 12 foot stall. However, when our second customer ordered 250g of Kenyan Blue Mountain ground for a cafetiere, things started to “fall apart”. I then spent the next two hours, sat on a wet floor, armed with two screw drivers taking the Bunn grinder apart trying to locate what the mechanical fault was. As many a minute, it was surmised that the motor unit is on its way out and all before Christmas! Needless to say, we have now organised a “substitute” grinder to see us through the Christmas period until I can fix our trusty Bunn.
On a more positive note, it was fantastic to see Beverley as busy as it was. In excess of 40,000 people had come to see all the festive activities, a superb showing of local support. We hope that those who bought Christmas presents from us will be happy with their coffee and tea (we know they will be) and we encourage for next year, that anyone who wishes to have a fun day out, come along to Beverley’s Festival of Christmas 2010.
Until next time,
The Blending Room