Esquires launches Summer Lemonade range


Esquires Coffee launches Summer Lemonade range
Esquires Coffee have launched a new range of lemonade’s and iced tea for summer 2017. The drinks offer zesty refreshment, perfect for a hot summer’s day and are also 100% vegan. Flavours include:

-Zesty Lemonade
-Pink Grapefruit Lemonade
-Cucumber & Mint Iced Tea

Esquires Coffee opens new store Maidstone


Esquires Coffee Opening in Maidstone in June
Esquires Coffee opened our 29th store in Maidstone town centre, June 22nd 2017. The store situated on Gabriel’s Hill, will specialise in fairtrade and organic coffee, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.

The store is the first Esquires Coffee franchise for owner Umair Shafiq, who having prior experience working in an Operations role in the coffee industry is said to be ‘very excited to be starting a new business venture in the booming coffee sector.’

Esquires Coffee will also be opening new stores in Balham and Esher by August 2017. For more information on how to become an Esquires Coffee franchise owner please visit our franchising website here.

Esquires Coffee Big Community Day 2017

Esquires Coffee Big Community Day
Esquires Coffee is hosting our first annual, nationwide ‘Big Community Day’ across our network of stores in the UK on Saturday 10th June.

Our stores are getting involved in all sorts of community activity from hosting arts and crafts competitions for children, hiring a face painter for the day, organising food banks to donate food to local charities, hosting talks from local community groups and raising money for local charities through various fundraising activity.

Esquires Coffee Ambleside are hosting a ‘guess the picture’ competition with all proceeds going towards the local Brownies.

Esquires Coffee Buckingham are working with local youth charity Project Street Life, hosting face painting and colouring competitions for children; as well as organising a food bank collection.

The two Esquires Coffee houses in Coventry will be working with Coventry Food Bank to encourage customers to bring in food donations or to buy an an additional coffee, with the money being donated to Coventry Foodbank.

Esquires Coffee Scarborough have organised a food bank with The Salvation Army, offering customer a discount off coffee for donating.

Esquires Wakefield are hosting a ‘Children’s Day’ on Sunday 11th June with face painting and colouring competitions for kids. All money raised from the day and 5% of the total sales from Sunday will be donated to Wakefield Hospice.

Esquires Durham are collecting food items for Durham Food Bank and are actively encouraging customers to bring in food items such as, tinned soup and vegetables, milk (UHT), pasta sauces and fruit juice to donate. The store will also have a professional face painter instore from 12-3pm, and a balloon modelling entertainer from 1-4pm.

Esquires Doncaster are hosting a talk from their local community support officers, Esquires Sunderland will be doing a ‘book drop and swap’. Esquires Bradford are donating food to the local food bank and also raising money for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Esquires Harlow have joined up with St Clare’s Hospice advertising their Midnight Walk on July 1st.  Customers who sign up in store to take part in the walk and pay their registration fee will receive a free coffee as a ‘thank you’ from Esquires. Franchise owner Sharon’s fabulous British Bulldog’s are also taking part in the walk and have teamed up with ‘The Only Walk is Essex.’ The store is also hosting a DJ Charity night on 9th June to raise awareness and support the work St.Clare’s hospice do for cancer sufferers.

From 10.30-4pm on Saturday Esquires Sutton will be hosting free face painting, competitions for children and quizzes with great prizes for adults. All money raised on the day will go to the charity Little Eden, a small Sutton based charity ran by a local couple Dawn and Glenn Harvey, who open their garden and swimming pool to children with additional and special needs.

Esquires Lancaster will be hosting a food bank, encouraging customers to provide non-perishable food items, which will be donated to a local homeless shelter. Along with the food bank the store will be doing face painting and games for kids, theatre and improv performances, coffee related quizzes with prizes and hosting live music from local musicians. All money raised from the day will be going to The Alzheimer’s Society.

Esquires Coffee places a strong emphasis on making our coffee houses the hub of the community in which they serve. In this busy, digital age when many of us communicate with others mainly through our phones and social media, our coffee shops are the perfect face-to-face meet up place for friends, family and colleagues. Enter any of our stores and you’ll find a packed ‘Community Notice Board’, friendly Baristas that know their regular customers by name and local organisations that meet habitually in Esquires Coffee.

Esquires Coffee Guildford Hosts Pug Cafe

Esquires Coffee Guildford Hosts the UK’s First Pop-Up Pug Cafe
Esquires Coffee situated at the top of sunny Guildford High street hosted the UK’s first ever ‘Pop-Up Pug Cafe’ on Sunday 21st May. After being approached by regular customer and pug owner Anushka Fernando, store manager Nicci agreed to host the pug cafe with Anushka’s help. We speak to Nicci on how she managed to organise such a great event that achieved nationwide and international press coverage.

Hi Nicci, well done and hosting such a fantastic event! How did you get involved in hosting the Pop-up Pug Café?
A few months ago a regular customer of ours and pug owner Anushka Fernando approached me with the idea of of a pop up pug cafe she had gotten the idea from reading about a similar event in Tokyo, Japan. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and would be great to get some local buzz and attention for Esquires Coffee. We put the feelers out there on social media to gage a response and within 24 hours had over 3500 RSVPs.

Overwhelmed by the interest and press the event received in the coming days Anushka and myself had to put a plan in to action and a booking system was created to make sure the event was safe and of course.

How did you find managing and organising the Pop-up Pug Cafe?
It took days to organise the pugs and their humans in to 1 hour time slots and many hours more to create a safe healthy menu for the pugs to enjoy on the day, I had to come to the shop overnight to bake 600 treats!

Our shop is lovely as it is but of course we needed to make it ‘puggy’ for the day so we tried to stay simple with our decorations and hung Polaroid pictures of every dog that was attending on pegs around the store. We also had a local bespoke cushion maker donate the use of all her pug cushions for the event, we also hung hand painted pictures by local artists.

The pop-up café managed to achieve nationwide press coverage, how did you achieve this?
It kind of just blew up really, Anushka has about 500 members in her Guildford pug meet up group so we weren’t expecting to be dealing with many more than that; and we would of been really happy with that number too. However once the local press got hold of the story from following our Facebook pages it was then featured in the Daily Mirror, The Telegraph, and internationally in New York’s Travel and Leisure magazine. We were contacted by viral thread, BBC, Eagle Radio and many more all wanting to film the event. Leading up to the event we kept everyone excited by posting photos and sneak peeks of what to expect on the day, on social media.



The event was a huge success, would you host another pop-up cafe and would you recommend this to other stores?
Oh yes in a heartbeat ! I’m not going to lie its not been easy and its been a lot of hard work to pull off what turned out to be such a popular event. It was so great to be a part of something so different, we got some great local and international press for Esquires Coffee and Guildford, made some great local friends and formed relationships with local businesses wanting to donate or be involved somehow. We also tripled our usual Sunday sales! I would definitely host another event like this as it was worth every second of effort we put in.

Esquires Coffee launches Vegan Matcha Frappe range

Esquires Coffee launch Vegan Matcha Frappe range

Esquires Coffee are stepping into Spring with a brand new range of vegan matcha frappes made with 100% organic culinary grade matcha, dairy free frappe powder, plant based milk and vegan flavoured syrups.

The new matcha frappes are flavoured with either fruity peach or cooling cucumber and mint and are a delicious spring edition to Esquires iced beverage menu.

Esquires recognise the growing trend in consumers seeking dairy free alternatives and wanted to launch a drink that would not only taste great but also appeal to those who avoid dairy for health or ethical reasons.

Esquires Coffee Franchise Awards 2017


Esquires Coffee Franchisee Awards 2017
Esquires Coffee hosted our annual Franchisee Awards on Monday evening at the Mount Pleasant hotel in Doncaster. The awards take place every year to recognise the various strengths and skills our franchise owners have in growing and developing their business. The awards ceremony took place after Esquires Franchise Conference in which all franchise owners meet to hear of future developments for the brand and to share their valued opinions and ideas.


Esquires Coffee Franchise Award Winners 2017


Durham Franchise Owners Dale & Clare Smith
winners of the ‘Gold Standard’ Award.


Esquires Coffee UK MD Doug Williamson with
Sutton Franchise Owner Gino Stassinos, winner of
the ‘Creative Flair’ award.


Sunderland Franchise Owners Dave and Doreen
Parnaby winners of the ‘Grafter’ award.


Simon Dann Franchise Owner of Esquires Ambleside
winner of the ‘Super Star’ award.


Esquires Worthing Franchise Owners Richard and
John winners of the ‘Shining Star’ award.


Esquires Stockton Heath Franchisee Mark who took
home two awards in the form of the ‘Tenure’ and ‘Transformation’
award.


Last but not least is Franchise Owner Nadia of the
Bromley store who won the ‘Community Spirit’ award
along with the coveted ‘Franchisee of the Year’ award.

Esquires Coffee Wakefield relocation and re-brand


Esquires Coffee Wakefield relocation and re-brand

Esquires Coffee situated inside The Ridings shopping centre in Wakefield has moved location within the centre as well as receiving a full re-brand under Esquires new identity. As well as moving and re-branding the store sadly says goodbye to longstanding franchise owner Jacky who is going on to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. Taking over the business is first time franchisee Jhasen who is looking forward to the challenge of taking on an existing business with an incredibly loyal customer base.

Esquires Coffee opens 29th store in Dartford


Esquires Coffee opens 29th store in Dartford

Esquires Coffee opened their 29th store on Dartford High Street, in the former Phones 4 U site,  today (Monday 13th March). The store is owned and operated by local businessman and nightclub owner Gurjit Singh who is, ‘looking forward to setting up business in the expanding coffee market.’ Gurjit further explains that, ‘Esquires Dartford will provide a truly unique coffee experience for our customers, great coffee, fresh food and good vibes is what we’re all about.’

Esquires Dartford has created 10 jobs in the local area and will be hosting a grand opening from the Mayor of Dartford on Monday 20th March at 10am.

The opening comes hot off the heels of Esquires recent opening in Twickenham and will be preceded by the 30th store opening in Maidstone in April.

Esquires Coffee re-brand in Letchworth

ESQUIRES COFFEE RE-BRAND IN LETCHWORTH

Esquires Coffee has been re-branded in Letchworth with a fresh new look that reflects the brand’s more natural, ‘eco’ look. The store features comfy sofas perfect for relaxing over a hot cup of coffee and large communal tables for groups.

Esquires Coffee Letchworth will now be serving ice-cream along with the usual favourites of pastries and cakes, toasties and paninis.

 

Esquires Coffee Supports Fairtrade Fortnight

This Fairtrade Fortnight Esquires Coffee speaks to Barney Smyth of the Fairtrade Foundation to find out why you should be putting Fairtrade in your break this fortnight.

Join Esquires by putting Fairtrade in your break
Between the 27th February and 12th March, we are going to be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight; the fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

This year, we’re addressing the challenges that are still apparent in a number of supply chains, whereby the food on our tables, the drinks in our mugs, comes from hard-working farmers all over the world, many of whom don’t get a decent price for their goods, and are trapped in a system which is rips them off.

In reality, life for a coffee farmer is incredibly difficult and they are reaching crisis point. In some African coffee growing regions, one in three people live in poverty, with international coffee prices not even covering the costs of production. Additionally, we are seeing other factors making coffee farming less desirable; rising global temperatures and altered rainfall patterns are affecting coffee yields, quality, pests and diseases are badly affecting the economic security, health and well-being of farmers. They have little capacity to adapt to a hotter world in which climate and market volatility conspire against them.

However, Esquires Coffee are acting as part of the solution by offering delicious Fairtrade certified coffee. When Esquires buy Fairtrade coffee, they pay a Minimum Price to producers selling their products, which acts as a safety net when market prices drop. In addition to the Minimum Price, a Fairtrade Premium is paid – an extra sum of money that farmers and workers invest in business or community projects of their choice.

The impacts of this sustainable trade model are evident within Esquires supply chain. For example, when you buy Esquires Equatorial coffee, you’re delivering a much needed positive impact to producers in four cooperatives. In the Oromia cooperative, the benefits producers have seen include 15 school and 43 classrooms as well as training in organic farming techniques. Additionally, some of the benefits seen in CECOVASA cooperative in Peru include the installation of a cupping laboratory and a women’s leadership programme.

This Fairtrade Fortnight, we urge you to put Fairtrade in your break and help us spread the word. Together we can amplify the voices of marginalised farmers and ensure they receive a fair deal for their work.

Barney Smyth
barney.smyth@fairtrade.org.uk