Last week we installed a commercial coffee machine at Flavour Vapour in Bolton, the town’s first e-cigarette cafe, and one of the first vaping cafes in the country.
The popularity of e-cigarettes has been phenomenal over the last few years, with more and more smokers opting for vapour alternatives to improve health and save money. As such, the number of dedicated e-cigarette shops has risen dramatically in the UK. This has now been taken further with the introduction of vaping cafes, where people can go to purchase e-cigarettes and replacement liquids, but also now socialise, enjoying a coffee and a slice of cake alongside their e-cigarette.
The first vaping cafe was opened in the trendy London district of Shoreditch last month and Flavour Vapour is thought to be the first of its kind in the North West. Owner Ian Hopkinson wanted to extend his e-cigarette business further by creating an environment where people could freely enjoy e-cigarettes alongside a coffee and a slice of cake.
Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi attended the launch day 0n Thursday 15th May. She told the Bolton News: “I think the e-business is great because smoking causes so many illnesses, these products are also cheaper but the main benefits are for health — I know someone who was a chain smoker and switched to e-cigarettes and it really worked. “The cafe is a great idea. It’s nice for people to be able to sit here comfortably and socialise — I think we could see more of them in Bolton.”
Our very own Shaun Gibbs went along to the grand opening to show our support and gather feedback from attendees regarding the coffee. He was greeted with excellent comments including; “the best coffee I’ve ever had”, “much better than large high street coffee chains” and “I only ever buy one brand of coffee, but this by far surpasses it, excellent”. We were incredibly pleased with the response and happy the grand opening went well for Ian and his team. We wish them all the best for the future and look forward to a great working relationship for many years to come.