We came across this article in Marie Claire which details a few interesting findings from a survey on coffee consumption in Britain.
Did you know:
- The British spend an average of £450 a year on coffee.
- They consume 511 million cups of coffee each week.
- Their high street coffee bill is as much as the yearly electricity bill or annual gym membership.
- Coffee drinking is more popular in men drinking 8 cups daily whereas women drink 6 cups.
So how does your consumption measure up to with these stats?
The Wooden Spoon Café,Blackrock
If you have ever wondered what passion and enthusiasm in the food business might look like, then we suggest you drop in and meet Kate Dillon and her team at The Wooden Spoon Cafe in Blackrock! Kate always had a dream of opening her own coffee shop and did just that in March 2010. She has since went on to build a very successful and thriving business as well as somehow managing to find time for a hectic schedule of creating new recipes, cooking, and training and playing hockey. We thought it would be a nice idea to share a little inside information on Kate’s zeal and determination and hear how she manages to stir it up at The Wooden Spoon on a daily basis.
How did you get into this business?
Our family has a strong retail background and I have a degree in retail management. I also have a love of delicious fresh food so we combined the two to create The Wooden Spoon! We found a perfect location in Blackrock and felt we could offer something unique in the village for those who enjoy the best coffee and the freshest homemade food.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy being on the shop floor, meeting our customers, serving coffees but also love spending time in the kitchen, creating new recipe ideas.
Have there been any funny or not so funny experiences that stand out in your mind?
During the snow last year we had some interesting adventures in the car getting the deliveries out on the icy roads. But we also did a coffee promotion during the worst snow storm and The Wooden Spoon became a refuge for people trying to get home!
What are you most passionate about in your life?
Well apart from working to make The Wooden Spoon a successful business, I play hockey for Railway Union ladies firsts and last season we won the Leinster Cup and I won Irish Hockey Player of the Year. So between the shop and training there is minimal time left for sleeping, but I prefer to be kept busy.
What motivates you?
Positive feedback from customers provides great motivation and encouragement that we are really offering an excellent service in the Wooden Spoon. I also think that many people are still relatively new to the joys of great coffee and we’re serving plenty to try and change that!
Any exciting plans for the future?
We have recently extended our opening hours to 7am-5pm. We will have some new dishes on our Autumn hot food menu along with a new weekly ciabatta special. We let people know about these on twitter and facebook.