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.