Events and Testimonials
'I would recommend Espresso Allegro for any other events were we require such services. They were on time and offered a constant flow of quality coffees to the conference attendees. It was a big hit and hassle free.'
(Mark Katrakis, National Market Development Manager, Ricoh Australia Pty Ltd.)
From 1st January until the end of February Espresso Allegro will be donating 30 cents for every cup sold towards the Variety Mash event, that I am participating in at the end of February. Variety organisation helps disadvantaged kids in Tasmania. For further information please visit www.variety.org.au/TAS/events or you can donate directly by visiting https://give.everydayhero.com/au/mike
I am aiming to raise $2,000 - your help is much appreciated - Thank you!
Espresso Allegro at the Festival of Sustainable Living, Salamanca 2012
Serving free coffee on a very cold and wild Mt Wellington, July 2012
News item in Tasmania's Mercury 16th July 2012:
At 11.30am yesterday, Mt Wellington's summit was another world. And little cold comfort. Wind blew sleet, hail and snow horizontally, the temperature was 2C and the view was lost in cloud, yet loads of tourists kept arriving. Unlike on other days, at least for an hour or so, a coffee van was parked at the top, offering a free cuppa to anyone who could reach it without being blown over. Espresso Allegro was hired by a new lobby group, the Mt Wellington Task Force, to drive home the message that Tasmania needed to offer mountain visitors more.
Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said 300,000 people a year visited Mt Wellington, making it the state's second most popular attraction, after MONA. He said it had almost three times the number of visitors of Cradle Mountain, with far less to cater for their needs. "We don't want to wreck it, but we don't want to keep dishing out this sort of experience," said Ben Targett, chief executive of the new regional tourism group Destination Southern Tasmania. Another member of the task force, Hobart City Council Alderman Sue Hickey, said the council had built a basic shelter in 1988, and was about to open new public toilets but there should be more. "We've got hundreds of people up here braving the elements," she said.
The Wellington Trust Management Authority next month is due to finish its review of the management plan, which prohibits development at the summit. While the new task force does not back any specific development, it does want that ban lifted. It's a conversation we're not allowed to have," said Mr Targett, adding investors would not go to the trouble of developing plans while the ban was in place. He was not surprised that the one plan that had been approved for the mountain, at The Springs, had failed to secure investment. "If you want a half-cocked tourism development, build it half way up a mountain," he said. Cable car campaigner Adrian Bold said if the Wellington Trust Management Authority again did not allow for development ideas, it should be abolished.
COLD COMFORT: Espresso Allegro coffee van owners Sarah Dawson-Shepherd and Mike Smith, providing much-appreciated coffee on the Summit for about an hour.
Cartoon about our presence on Mt Wellington as it appearted in The Mercury 17/7/12
Bellerive Boardwalk, May 2012
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