Jeffrey J Kingman's Blog (16)

Coffee Fest Chicago (new blog)

Good morning Chicagooo Coffee Fest!!!


In seven days, we'll be broadcasting live from the Windy City as the  60th Coffee Fest kicks off on Navy Pier.


The Coffee Fest Live social media crew (Jeffrey Kingman of…


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on February 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Coffee Fest Chicago Latte Art Competition Bracket Announcement

Late today in Seattle, Coffee Fest Tradeshow released the 64 Person Latte Art Competition Bracket positions.


You can view it here.


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 10, 2011 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Latte Art Competition Chicago

As the social media professional for Coffee Fest Shows, I’ve been fortunate the last 14 months to visit with many, many baristas and coffee professionals. Everytime I pop into a new coffeeshop, I…


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 7, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shells out $905 million.

Waterbury, Vermont - December 17, 2010

A major shake up in the coffee industry Friday.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has finalized a deal to buy the Canadian coffee company Van Houtte for $905 million.

Van Houtte employs nearly 2,000 people at its Montreal facility.

Excerpted from: article


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on December 20, 2010 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

USA's "Most Influential SocialMedia" Voice in the Restaurant Industry Speaks at Social Media Club PDX Aug 11


Social Media Club Portland (OR) hosts Paul Barron, Publisher of Fast Casual Magazine and the USA Restaurant Industry's "Most Influential" Social Media Voice.…


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on August 4, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Dessert Professional Social Media Coverage of the World Pastry Forum This Week

Cross-posted from Chalkboarder News

We’ve got a veritable flurry of social media content messaging happening over the next seven days from our client Dessert Professional Magazine.

Dessert Professional Magazine

Rather than publish a hundred blogposts a…


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on July 2, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

The Latte Art Competition Bracket for Coffee Fest Minneapolis


Competitors for the Latte Art Competition at Coffee Fest Minneapolis have been announced. Click on the url-link above "Bracket". Also attached as a jpeg image.

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on May 12, 2010 at 9:04pm — 1 Comment

Small Business Social Media

I've become really fascinated with how small independent businesses can take advantage of emergent social web tools. Much of my professional experience has been in the non-corporate world (except for Ritz

Carlton, Hyatt, GTE Sprint, and some early career positions);

independents generating less than $5 million in annual revenues.

The growth challenges posed to independents are, I believe, much more difficult than that for larger organizations. With larger…


Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on February 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How AJ Bombers is Powered by Social Media - Kitchen Table Talks with Chris Brogan

Are you still trying to figure out how to use social media in your specialty coffee/tea shop? Social media heavyweight Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan on Twitter) lands at AJ Bombers restaurant in Milwaukie for a meal and video interviews a multiple location restaurateur on the power of Twitter...

Can you say 75% traffic coming from Twitter alone?

How AJ Bombers is Powered by Social Media

Let me know what you… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on February 5, 2010 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Yelp & Urban Spoon Comments: Restaurants and Coffee Houses

This blogpost was originally posted on Chalkboarder and over at FohBoh

Guest Experience Staff Training

I'm researching a study of the restaurant industry, using Yelp and Urban Spoon as the main viewframe. While I've written in the past about how operators could use these two sites to their advantage, I feel compelled to share a different observation… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 20, 2010 at 1:26am — No Comments

Haiti - Call for Professional Chef Volunteers

This was posted on today - the largest social network for the restaurant industry. The relief workers and citizens of Haiti could probably use some coffee and tea right about now. Please share this information with your culinary friends.

This is an alert seeking Chef Volunteers willing to work in field kitchens in Haiti.

Over the past 72 hours I've been networking with:

U.N. World Food Programme

American Culinary… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 16, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Executive Summit at Coffee Fest NYC

Join Coffee Fest in Meadowlands NJ March 4, 2010 for the Executive Summit

Coffee Fest NYC Executive Summit

Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 9:00am-5:00pm

We are thrilled to make our Executive Summit a permanent fixture on the Coffee Fest line-up of events carefully crafted to help you build your bottom line. Held on Thursday, March 4, 2010, the Executive Summit titled Survive and Thrive in Coffee Today, culls from the industry's most respected professionals to bring… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments


The week before Christmas, David Heilbrunn of Coffee Fest took me to Fresh Cup Magazine's Holiday Open House.

As a former Executive Chef, who did a two year sabbatical studying architecture in Boston, I completely understand having passion for a craft or trade. I'm quite passionate about creative culinary, gastronomy, sustainability and being a superior craftsperson.

Over the times I was Exec Chef, I participated in a number of coffee/tea purchasing decisions; I was aware… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 10, 2010 at 11:10am — 5 Comments

Hi, I'm Jeff and I'm a coffee and tea addict...

Originally posted at the new blog Leaf & Berry

I’ve been drinking coffee and tea all my life, since I was about ten. It’s always had a hold on me, remaining a constant part of my daily existence.

Much as I might think I could – there’s just no way I could ever stop drinking coffee and tea. I’ve finally given up the remote thought of ever quitting and as a result…

have turned my life… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on January 6, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Social Media Ideas for Espresso & Coffee Houses

Are Your Baristas Rock Stars?

With Coffee Fest Seattle approaching this week, we wanted to share some ideas on how to drive sales in coffee houses using social media.

The explosion of independent espresso and coffee houses across North America in the last ten years is phenomenal. Over the last few years we’ve seen top barista competitions at not only coffee business conventions, but also at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.

Most independent coffee… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on September 21, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Social Media Use By Restaurants (NYC, SFO & PDX)

Social Media Use By Restaurants (NYC, SFO & PDX)

Initial Results of New York, San Francisco Bay Area and Portland OR Markets is compiling the results of an exhaustive study of social media use by the restaurant industry nationally. Some preliminary discoveries are very intriguing.

While the entire study encompasses sixteen (16) major metropolitan areas, we’d like to share initial results from New York, Portland Oregon and the… Continue

Added by Jeffrey J Kingman on September 10, 2009 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

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