For obvious reasons it’s been an unusual couple of years for an event coffee company like Social Espresso, working in the events industry across the UK and Europe. We have been used to providing coffee catering and barista hire at multiple venues in cities from Paris to Prague and Manchester to Madrid. These bread and butter events completely disappeared almost overnight when the pandemic struck, and we were left with an uncertain future and an empty event coffee HQ in London.
Despite this, we were lucky enough to be able to pivot away from our previous reliance on event coffee, and spend this ‘limbo period’ cultivating and building our very own coffee brand and sister company Elsewhere Coffee Roasters. Elsewhere provides coffee by mail order, so coffee lovers need never miss their favourite brew, as it’s now easier than ever to get their favourite coffee just when they need it, whether it’s compostable Nespresso pods, grounds or whole beans, Elsewhere Coffee Roasters can provide it.
This new enterprise helped us carry on through until UK events started springing back and we could fire up the event coffee kit again! With an established coffee brand now under our belt, and bookings for event coffee catering beginning to come in, our HQ was back to its usual busy state.
As it was our UK events that came back initially, we were still eager to get back to serving our event coffee overseas once more, and finally after many months of being confined to the UK, we’re delighted to say we’re now back in full swing! As restrictions in Europe continued to ease up, in came the welcoming flow of large events in exciting places, that we just couldn’t wait to jump back into!
We had desperately missed the bustle and buzz of thousands of excited attendees, we missed arriving in vibrant new cities and exploring new places, and of course we missed the satisfaction of serving hundreds of smiling faces our fantastic event coffee.
Two weeks ago, the Social Espresso team had our first job abroad post Covid, and what a way to kick it all off in the beautiful city of Rome. The sun was shining and the coffee was flowing!