London Coffee Festival: from bean to cup

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by Cara Curtis

“The Grind” pop-up at the London Coffee Festival. Image: Cara Curtis


Last weekend marked the sixth annual year for the London Coffee Festival, with The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch becoming a weekend hotspot for all coffee lovers in London.

All coffee fanatics joined as one to celebrate London’s vibrant coffee culture, taking part in events such as latte art competitions, where visitors can learn how to craft a milky masterpieces in under 35 minutes, and the ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’, where people can take a coffee break and listen to set lists from DJ Norman Jay.

This four-day event didn’t just celebrate the art of coffee. It is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event featuring specialty tea, artisan food, and demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

This event, which embraces the importance of coffee, has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a new coffee shop in London or you’re keen to find new food including bites from Deliciously Ella and Cocoa Runners. But it wasn’t just for consumers in London; there are two dedicated days for traders who are looking to source new coffee beans, café snacks or single origin chocolate buttons for their hot chocolates.

Catherine Jenkins, who worked during the festival said, ‘It is such a great place to discover coffee. But, it’s not just having a cup of coffee. It’s more about getting to know about the bean and seeing how it all began with plantation to then learning how to make the perfect brew. Because who doesn’t love coffee – especially in Shoreditch?’

The Old Truman Brewery is a popular attraction for the Shoreditch crowd on weekend evenings. By day, it’s also home to over 200 independent start-up companies and a bar, and has meeting rooms for hire. At the London Coffee Festival weekend, there were over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings, demonstrations, interactive workshops, live music and educational corners.

With tickets being £16.50 each, it attracted 30,832 coffee lovers this year and this show will commence again in April 2018 for another weekend dedicated to all things coffee and artisan.






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