COFE, the coffee-centric online marketplace that connects coffee house chains and specialty coffee roasters with coffee lovers through a seamless, easy and efficient mobile application participated alongside big named brands including Costa Coffee, Pret A Manger, Café Nero, Paul and Just Eat at The Coffee Shop Innovation Expo 2019.
The immersive two-day event took place at the London Excel, the international convention centre, offering visitors a preview of COFE App’s capabilities ahead of its official UK launch in 2020. Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to order their favourite customised beverage from Nude Coffee Roasters using the app.
The vibrant COFE stand proved a huge hit with consumers, retailers and buyers alike, with the likes of Kimberley Lasi (Sustainability Project Manager at Pret A Manger), Felix Pelegrino (Head of IT at Paul’s Bakery), and Paolo Peretti (MD Retail at Patisserie Valerie), commenting on what a ground-breaking concept COFE App is and how it will be key to the growth of the international coffee marketplace.
Ali Al Ebrahim, Founder and CEO of COFE App also spoke at the event.
His keynote focused on the international coffee industry, the opportunities of an online marketplace designed especially for coffee communities around the world and the App’s USP – it’s multi-branded customizable rewards program. Listeners were intrigued by the company’s offerings, COFE App’s impressive growth and its plans for international expansion, starting with the UK.
Ali said “I have been overwhelmed with the positive response to COFE App and the amount of support the team and I have received over the last 48 hours. Hosting an event to such an engaged crowd has been a privilege. COFE App has been hugely successful across the MENA region, and we are excited about our foray into the UK next year. We look forward to serving coffee lovers here.”
During the second day, the COFE App was shortlisted as one of the top five startups for the Tech Innovation Award alongside ground-breaking brands including Viva Wallet, iFinca, Coffunity and Dining Hub.
The Tech Innovation Award nomination is one of the long list of accolades that the brand has received since inception. COFE App was recently awarded the Top 50 Tech Companies in Asia Award by InterCon and has also been listed by Forbes Middle East as one of the 50 start-ups to watch in the Arab World.
COFE App was among the most promising 100 start-ups by The Arab Youth Centre in Dubai, UAE in 2017. Ali Al Ebrahim was the recipient of the Arabian Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work with COFE App.
The Coffee Shop Expo continues to play a significant role in the industry and provides exhibitors a platform to network and grow their business. The show attracted trade industry professionals, comprising of large corporations, independent coffee shops owners and buyers from popular high street chains, all of which are showcased their innovative ways to extend their offerings and increase their footprint within the industry.
Officially launched in November 2018, COFE App was created to serve the coffee
community worldwide. The App offers concierge services that enable customers to customise, order and pay for their coffee online, which can then be collected at the counter, office, car, hospital, airport departure gates as well as delivery to preferred location. The App serves all kinds of coffee needs from ready-to-drink beverages, machines and beans.
The Coffee Shop Innovation Expo ran over two days – Tuesday19th November – Wednesday 20th November 2019 – and hosted some of the biggest names in the culinary world.