Have a Free Pint on BrewDog

As most of you will have seen, I have been writing recently about BrewDog on both my blog and for Sustainable Brands. Maria and I include BrewDog as one of our cast studies in our book, and this month you now have the chance to really experience BrewDog at one of their bars, both in the UK and around the world.

BrewDog have announced that they are organising the largest round of drinks in the world – one million in fact. If you click here, you can claim your voucher for a pint of their flagship beers, Punk IPA.

Of course age restrictions and a few other conditions apply, so please do read these carefully.

Interview with Lisa Lawson, Founder of Dear Green Coffee Roasters

Credit: BrewDog

I first heard of Dear Green coffee roasters a couple of years ago when Scottish brewery BrewDog announced that they had selected Dear Green as their suppliers of coffee to their UK bars. As BrewDog mentioned in their announcement, the attitude towards uncompromising quality was a key deciding factor:

As advocates for amazing coffee in our bars, we only want to work with the very best in the business. We are bringing the same attitude to our coffee as we do our craft beer, so fostering relationships with those at the cutting edge is essential. From the La Marzocco espresso machines even down to the Inker cups that we use – everything is dialled in so that when you order up a macchiato or an Aeropress, you know you’re getting the very best.

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Love, Romance and the Customer Experience

Maria and I often visit a local restaurant, Maria Lima, which we go to a lot as it is just two blocks away. It had been quite an intense week for us (in a good way), and we just felt like relaxing in a very convivial location. We do love the restaurant. It has great food at reasonable value, and we also love the music there too, which is sometimes Indian and always eclectic. Continue reading “Love, Romance and the Customer Experience”

Bad Coffee in Good Hotels

I do always enjoy a good breakfast in a hotel, and nowadays to me it seems that with one or two notable exceptions (thank you Buenos Aires) there is not always such a great difference between what is on offer, independently from the quality of the hotel. As I was drinking a very disappointingly weak excuse of a cuppa in our final hotel in Teddington, I came to realise that what really makes a difference to me is the coffee.

No matter how good the other aspects of a hotel is for me, what leaves a lasting impression is the feeling I get from starting my day with a great cup of coffee.

This may seem like a trivial point, but I really think there is something significant to learn about customer experience design. A hotel simply is not able to offer a five star experience at three star prices, and neither should it try. However, what makes the difference between a good experience and an exceptional experience can often be found in one small detail. Continue reading “Bad Coffee in Good Hotels”