David Rio is gathering its team and hitting the streets to beautify the city of San Francisco by carrying out a neighborhood clean-up on Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year. This cleanup event was an idea suggested by our Marketing Manager of 4 years, Michele Thorne, who is sadly leaving David Rio this month. Prior to this position, she was the Wellness & Outreach Director at our affiliated company, Soma Beverage Company for 3 years. The David Rio team will be showing our thanks and appreciation at this event to Michele, who has contributed to the brand with her creative marketing initiatives, including website content and YouTube video series, and maintaining a solid relationship with our philanthropic partners at IFAW. Good luck and best wishes,Michele!
Each year, the entire David Rio team gathers to bake batches of delicious chai goods for our selected customers, courtesy of recipes created by our Director of Operations, Kiyoe. On November 20th, we will be baking the David Rio Marble Chai Bread with Maple Moose Chai, the newest member of our chai family. The David Rio team will mix, bake, and taste the flavor-packed chai delights at the La Cocina Community Kitchen so we can send a special thank you chai gift to our customers and enjoy this annual activity as a group. Stay tuned to our facebook page for recipes and photos, and join the David Rio Chai Bake-a-thon from your home!
We are thrilled to announce that starting this month, all 8 David Rio Endangered Species Chai varieties, including its signature variety Tiger Spice Chai®, will be launched in 18 Sobeys stores weekly in the Canadian Market! Sobeys is one of the leading supermarket chains in all of Canada; the second largest with over 1,500 supermarkets operating under a variety of banners. David Rio will be included in 225 of those top Sobeys stores as one of their newest brands for specialty tea offerings. Among the many Sobeys stores that will be bringing in David Rio Chai, some of the first to offer all 9 varieties will include the locations in Toronto, Stratord, Whitby and Woodchester. David Rio is very excited about this new opportunity and thrilled to be sharing our specialty products with such a growing market such as Canada. We look forward to hearing about the excitement from Canadian customers in the months to come. Stay tuned.
We are honored to be attending this year’s Coffee Fest Chicago at Navy Pier, in support of our distributor, Upper Midwest Gourmet. Since 1992, Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries. Viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea, and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends. We will be handing out samples of hot chai latte, made with our signature Tiger Spice Chai® , as well as ice blended Tortoise Green Tea Chai and Toucan Mango Chai, perfect for the warm summer weather approaching. Stop by Upper Midwest Gourmet’s Booths 200 & 202 for a taste of one or all…we’ll see you in Chicago!
For the fourth consecutive year, David Rio is delighted to attend and exhibit at the 2013 Caffe Culture Show in Olympia, London! Once again, we will proudly attend in support of our UK Distribution Partner, Coffee Creations. This show is the UK's leading café bar trade event that provides a first-class business resource to cafés looking to expand and improve their specialty tea and coffee offering. If you will be at the show this year, please stop by our Booth #H10, give a jolly hello, and enjoy a sample of our signature Tiger Spice Chai® latte and our Iced Tortoise Green Tea Smoothie! We look forward to seeing you there.
David Rio is proud to once again participate in the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) Expo in Boston, Massachusetts! This event marks the nation's largest coffee industry gathering of the year, and is the perfect place to connect with new businesses to share new products and ideas. Attendees also gain access to complimentary skill building sessions and seminars from leading industry professionals. We would love for you to stop by our Booth #785 and sample our hot, signature Tiger Spice Chai®. Be sure to also check out our promotional deal we are offering with Elmeco granita machines, a wonderfully easy way to make and serve delicious Elephant Vanilla and mouthwatering Tortoise Green Tea chai frappĂ©s on demand at your cafĂ©. Exhibitors as well as attendees can register on the SCAA website. We look forward to seeing you there!
Do you work in the foodservice or hospitality industry in the Midwest? If so, David Rio would love to see you at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo in Milwaukee! Once again, we will proudly be attending in support of our distribution partner, Upper Midwest Gourmet. The Expo provides an exciting opportunity for those in the foodservice and restaurant field to come together to discuss business solutions and new ideas. If you are participating in the show, please visit us at Upper Midwest Gourmet's Booth #748 from Monday, March 11th-Wednesday, March 13th and sample our signature Tiger Spice Chai®. To register as an attendee, please visit www.wirestaurant.org/expo/index.php. See you there!
For the fourth consecutive year, David Rio will be exhibiting at the Gulfood trade show, held in the amazing city of Dubai. David Rio will be offering samples of our signature Tiger Spice Chai® in support of our UAE distribution partner, Al Rifai. Gulfood is identified as one of the most important food, drink, and hospitality trade shows in the Middle East and worldwide, and more than 150 countries from around the world participate each year. If you happen to be in the UAE, please stop by to visit and sample hot chai at our stand #A2-51.We look forward to meeting you!
So far, this year is proving to be the year of the baby! On January 4th, our Director of Operations, Kiyoe, delivered her first baby, Hiroki. He is a happy, handsome, and healthy baby boy, weighing in at 7lbs 3oz. To boot, Matthias Paskowsky, our long-time friend and David Rio's importer for the European Union (IFBI), ALSO welcomed a new baby boy named Friedrich Anton ("Fritz") on New Year's Day. We send our congratulations, or 'omedetou' (in Japanese), to both Kiyoe and Matthias and their families! Once we get pictures, you can check out these cuties on our Facebook page. Stay connected...
David Rio is proud to host the 2nd Annual Barista Nation San Francisco event on January 19th at the Women's Building in San Francisco's Mission District. This event is a collaborative educational event for the development and community of baristas, cafĂ© owners, roasters, and other coffee and tea professionals. This year's theme is The Good CafĂ©, with speaker topics focusing on what makes a responsible, sustainable, and trustworthy cafĂ©. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be one of the premier cafĂ© education events this year. For more information, go to the Barista Nation website or email email@example.com.
Each year, the David Rio team comes together in the spirit of the holidays to bake special David Rio chai treats for our wonderful customers around the world. This season, we have strayed from our Power Chai® Banana Bread with walnuts and decided to test the versatility of David Rio chai. To celebrate a California grown crop - almonds - we made a Power Chai® Almond Brittle at a local commercial kitchen, La Cocina! Our very own, and soon-to-be-mom, Director of Operations, Kiyoe Nakazawa, created and refined this new recipe and we want to share it with you! The crunchy, delicious chai brittle makes a great stocking stuffer and homemade gift, crafted with love and chai that you can share with friends and family this holiday. Check our our photos on Facebook.
For the second year in a row, David Rio is sponsoring the 6th Annual U.S. Regional Barista Championships. The events are in partnership with the SCAA, the governing body of the United States Barista Championship. The United States Barista Championship, with its focus on excellence, encourages and recognizes professional achievement in the art and skill of espresso beverage preparation and service. Like the SCAA, we too believe that a barista is a coffee professional who has the experience and training to deliver coffee and espresso-based beverages to customers that demonstrate craftsmanship and quality, creating a culinary experience for the customer and with David Rio chai, too! That's why in 2013, David Rio is proud to support baristas from all over the U.S. at this amazing and fun competition! Registration is still open - we hope to see you there!
As fellow San Franciscans, the entire David Rio staff is thrilled to celebrate the San Francisco Giants baseball team as this year's World Series Champions! That's right. Besides the fact that we share the same, amazing city, as well as the same festive logo color, we are excited to welcome our baseball champions home after their second World Series title win. As loyal fans, we have been attending games, showing our team spirit and even drive around town with the Giants flags atop our orange Chaimobile. Needless to say, we are proud, very proud of the entire San Francisco Giants baseball team and management. Woohoo!
For two weeks straight, Rio and our Sales Manager Adam Green served over 4,200 David Rio chai sample cups to the shoppers of Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens flagship store in Toronto, Canada. Rio and Adam snapped many great pictures with wonderful customers, which you can find posted on our Facebook fan page. David Rio products, which include our signature Tiger Spice Chai®, Orca Spice and Tortoise Green Tea are now available at this hockey stadium turned flagship store and we will keep you posted as our chai becomes available in other Loblaws locations real soon. To find out more about Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens please visit their website today!
David Rio is pleased to sponsor the MANE Coffee Conference, October 12-14, in Providence, RI. Hosted by the good people at New Harvest Coffee Roasters, this is one of David Rio's favorite industry related events, and this year promises to be as amazing as last year. Keynote speaker, James Hoffman, the 2007 World Barista Champion will be on hand to welcome regional baristas as they spend a fun-filled weekend sharpening their skills, networking, and sharing knowledge. To register or to find out more about the Mid-Atlantic-Northeast (MANE) Coffee Conference, visit www.manecoffee.com.
David Rio is proud to be a Council Sponsor for Barista Nation Los Angeles, this coming Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Beyond the Grind, in Anaheim, California. Beyond the Grind is the leading specialty coffee support distribution company in Southern California and is a David Rio distributor servicing Orange and Los Angeles Counties. This event promises to be one of the great barista and coffee events of the year, with top Los Angeles roasters, such as Sol Salzer from City Bean, and top baristas, such as Heather Perry and Michael Phillips, presenting relevant and forward thinking ideas to the Southern California barista community. And of course, our very own National Sales Manager, Brian Cornelsen, will be there too! With a keynote address from Peter Guiliano, founder of Counter Culture, and a peek at the Stella di Caffe, from UNIC Espresso machines, this event is expected to be one of the best educational opportunities for the Southern California coffee community in years. To register, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Rio is thrilled to attend the upcoming Canadian Coffee & Tea Show at the International Centre in Toronto, Canada. Alongside two of our newest Canadian distribution partners, Stillcreek Distributing Ltd., and Morala Trading, David Rio will be offering samples of hot David Rio Tiger Spice Chai® Latte. The show is designed to meet the needs of independent coffee & tea retailers, restauranteurs, foodservice operators, chain operators, and buyers. The Show offers an extensive educational program geared for new entrepreneurs, independents, and chain operators alike. So, if you are in the Toronto area, stop by Booth #341, meet Rio, David Rio's founder, and Adam Green, David Rio's Canadian Sales Manager, and enjoy a warm cup of David Rio chai! See you there.