Shanghaied: Hotelex in Pictures, Words, and Mostly Pictures


Apr 04, 2014

Team Slayer just returned from Hotelex – one of the world’s largest hospitality trade shows – and, shoot, we have stories to tell! The Great Firewall kept us quiet while on the inside but now, back in the States, we’re slaphappy to share what we saw. Here’s the best of our week in China.

Our weekend began at Jascaffe, one of China’s most prominent specialty coffee roasters, equipment suppliers, and training tanks. Jason, Dylan, and Chris lent hands at their stellar sales summit.

Dylan from Slayer at Jascaffe

Jason and Slayer at Jascaffe

Jascaffe barista and Slayer

Slayer latte art

Starbucks Verismo sink

On our day off, we tried a different kind of extraction: tea. The ritual of drinking – even cupping – tea fascinated us, so we each came back with a massive haul of oolong, pu-erh, and all the supplies we never knew we didn’t need.

Tea ceremony with Jascaffe

Shanghai tea market

At the show, Slayer camped out at two separate booths: Jascaffe and ManLao River, the Chinese distributor of Ninety Plus Coffee.

Hotelex Shanghai Jascaffe booth

Slayer at Ninety Plus booth

Slayer with EK43 grinder and VST refractometer

Our evenings were a toss-up between events at local cafes and adventures in the city.

Slayer at Seesaw Cafe

Slayer at Staytion Coffee

Shanghai skyline

The people of Shanghai were, as they always have been, ridiculously kind to us. The baristas beamed with excitement, overflowed with curiosity. And our business partners at Jascaffe quickly became our friends. Needless to say, we won’t quickly pass the opportunity to return to Shanghai and Hotelex.

Neither should you.


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