Steering Committee

To ensure that Caffè Culture 2018 is focused and relevant, we are working with a select group of industry experts to steer the direction of the show and design a programme to educate and entertain our visitors.

Drawing on their own experiences, our experts will provide the key ingredients to build a successful business, whatever your scale.

Steve Penk
Steve Penk

Steve Penk is a successful business owner and has held some very prestigious positions within the coffee industry. A former Board Member and Vice President of the SCAE, a Board Member and Chairman of the WBC, Steve is also the exclusive UK distributor of Loring, Fetco, Puqpress, Mahlkönig, Ditting, Anfim and La Spaziale.

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

Maxwell is a 3-time winner of the UKBC, serial finalist of the WBC, author, academic, co-founder of Colonna Coffee and Coffee Roaster. Maxwell’s goal is to think big and achieve innovative ways in which we experience coffee. At the heart of it is a passion to find out how good coffee can be. Maxwell is also well known for collaborating with the scientific world and co-authoring published academic papers; exploring topics such as freezing coffee beans and the effect water has on the flavour of a cup of coffee.

John Richardson
John Richardson

John Richardson is an author, coach and consultant to the hospitality industry where he specialises in helping coffee shop owners increase profits and make their businesses run more efficiently. As well as authoring the UK’s top 3 books on running successful coffee shops, John regularly appears in the media sharing his industry expertise. He has advised the NHS, Gordon Ramsay and Simon Rimmer and writes a regular blog for Caffè Culture.

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