Walking around the Trade Show Floor, I saw a company that advertises at times on CoffeeGeek, so I figured I should say hello and introduce myself. The company is Visions Espresso Service, and their head office is located in Seattle.
I got to meet Klif Borja, their Sales Manager, and discuss some of their products, the CoffeeGeek website, and a lot more. Visions serves both the professional commercial community of coffee houses and cafes, and the consumer community, with many products that appeal to the home Barista.
I know that Mark recently got a new steaming pitcher from Espro, and I was surprised to see it also on the display shelf at Visions. In the booth, there were a wide assortment of things that would suit any new cafe opening up, including syrup stands, steaming pitchers, portafilters, filter baskets, signage, and many of the obscure things you may not know where to buy if you were opening up a cafe.
There was also a wide assortment of tampers and very colourful cups, which would stand out on in many cafes. When I go into cafes, oftentimes the espresso machine looks boring and it seems like there are paper cups everywhere, stacked here and there. A machine with a nice clean rows of colourful porcelain cups is something that would really appeal to me as a customer walking in; I don't know why more cafes don't do this.
Visions also just had their 20th anniversary last fall and has grown to become one of the the largest espresso service firms in the United States. Check out their website if you're looking for anything espresso or coffee related - they seem to have everything, even those famous "naked" portafilters!