Event Details

When: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm, 20th May 2024

Where: The Coffee Commune, 82 Abbotsford Rd Bowen Hills QLD

What: Exhibition & networking, light nibbles included

Cost: Complimentary (registration is essential)



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When: 2.30 – 6.30pm (3pm sharp start), Monday 20th May 2024
Where: The Coffee Commune, 82 Abbotsford Rd Bowen Hills QLD
What: Exhibition & networking, light nibbles included
Cost: Complimentary – registration is essential

Our Accelerator Expos in 2023 were a huge success so we are doing it again on 20 May 2024, from 2.30pm-6.30pm.

This expo will focus on live demonstrations where you can discover new ideas and sample new and existing products and services for your kitchen, back of house, and customer experiences.


  • Get up close and personal with over a dozen exhibitors of boutique coffee, food, drinks, ingredients, and barista equipment.
  • Presentation featuring Gillian Hirst on “Boosting Profitability – a live case study.
  • Q&A with Phillip Di Bella & Brett Bolwell from Barista Equipment Technology on “Automation and technology in business.
  • Live demonstrations of the latest in coffee equipment technology.
  • Networking opportunity with our partners and your fellow members.

Why attend:

  • Increase bums on seats in your venue.
  • Get a competitive advantage by exploring new ideas, products, and services.
  • Explore products and services to help you reach and attract new customers.
  • Increase your revenue and owner earnings.
  • Discover new and tested ways to reduce the time that owners spend running their café.
  • This must-attend event of the year for everyone working in the coffee, food, and hospitality industry.

Key takeaways:

  • Operations including managing resources and cost control
  • Differentiation, creating an identity in a competitive market
  • Marketing, attracting customers and developing their loyalty
  • Trends and Innovation
  • Networking opportunities

Expo Schedule:

15:00 – Welcome speech by Phillip Di Bella and introduction to exhibitors
15:30 – Exhibitor Stations Open
16:30 – Q&A with Phillip Di Bella and Brett Bolwell from Barista Technology about “Automation and Technology in Business”
16:45 – Keynote Speaker: Gillian Hirst and Kelly Maniatis, “Boosting Profitability – A Live Case Study”
17:15 – Mingle & Networking
18:30 – Event Concludes

Take a look at the recap from our last Expo in August 2023 – https://youtu.be/YuNvf1s_Ano​

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts, expand your network, and gain practical insights to help you and your business. Register now to secure your spot at the Accelerator Expo – Sip, Savour, & Save!

This Expo is a ‘must’ for all hospitality industry people.


Gillian Hirst

Executive Chef, Hospitality Business Coach, and Keynote Speaker at GILLIAN HIRST

Gillian Hirst is an accomplished executive chef with a stellar career spanning four decades, has left an indelible mark on the Queensland dining scene . Her culinary prowess has garnered her numerous accolades, establishing her as a multi-award-winning chef of international renown.

Kelly Maniatis

Co-owner at Superior Fruit Kitchen

From a small farming village in the middle of the Peloponnese in Greece, the Maniatis family migrated to Australia in 1953 and shortly after acquired a banana farm in Murwillumbah in northern NSW from 1956-1970. Sons, Peter and Tass upheld family tradition and both worked full-time in the shop and just like their parents strove for excellence and growth. Both had a hand in introducing new lines and concepts to Superior Fruit and believe education is the key. Both Peter and Tass are very passionate about food!

Today at Superior Fruit, the experience has evolved with the introduction of a merchant liquor licence, e-commerce site and café licence. 30 years on from its humble beginnings, it is exciting to now see the 3rd generation of Maniatis’ rugrats “working” in the shop and playing “out the back”. Superior Fruit hold friends and family in high regard and this is how they see their customers. The shop is seen as central to the community and the lifeblood of Graceville.

Brett Bolwell

CEO at BaristaEquip Australia

Brett Bolwell is a proven professional in the coffee technology sector, with over 23 years dedicated to advancing the craft of coffee brewing. As the CEO of BaristaEquip, he has played a pivotal role in transforming café systems with innovative solutions that are now implemented in over 100,000 cafés worldwide. Bolwell’s expertise lies in his comprehensive knowledge of coffee brewing techniques, machinery, and industry trends, which has enabled him to develop strategic partnerships and revolutionise traditional coffee production methods. His initiatives not only enhance production capabilities and coffee quality for businesses but also incorporate sustainability practices, aligning with the demand for environmentally conscious production. Bolwell’s passion extends to experimenting with various brewing methods and exploring the nuances of coffee beans globally. His contributions have positioned him as a respected authority and trusted expert in the coffee technology field globally.

BaristaEquip Australia, founded by Bolwell in 2013 following his success with Espresso Essential, has established itself as a market leader in providing innovative café products. The company’s flagship product, the “Puqpress,” revolutionised the tamping process with its consistency and efficiency, significantly benefiting specialty coffee outlets, coffee roasters, and franchise chains. Through collaborations with companies like Schuilenburg, BaristaEquip also introduced the “Perfect Moose Automatic Milk Steamer,” further evidencing their commitment to innovation and efficiency in the coffee industry.


The Coffee Commune

The Coffee Commune, 82 Abbotsford Rd Bowen Hills QLD

If you have any questions please contact The Coffee Commune