When: 12th – 15th April 2018
Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
£: Admission costs from £14.50 for adults and from £4.50 for children. VIP tickets cost from £42
What is it?
The London Coffee Festival will be celebrating London’s vibrant coffee scene and its creative subcultures, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April.
Visitors will be able to rub shoulders with burgeoning start-ups, industry pioneers and long-established companies, to a soundtrack of live DJs and musicians. There’ll be everything coffee related, from specialty tastings and industry talks, to artisan workshops and showcases from world-class baristas.
Now in its eighth year, The London Coffee Festival is Europe’s largest gathering of coffee aficionados, and this year there’ll be more than 250 exhibitors joining the four-day celebration. For the first time, the festival will take over four floors of the Old Truman Brewery, to accommodate the best of the UK specialty coffee movement.
During the festival, more than 500 free coffees will be on offer, including small batch roasts from pioneering roasters like Caravan, Ozone, Square Mile and Assembly.
From coffee pros to average Joes, there’s something for everyone with a penchant for coffee, food, music and art. For an around the world coffee flight experience, book in to the La Cimbali sensory bar; a brand new feature showcasing three stand-out coffees, three ways.
Offering small artisan roasters and cafes the chance to showcase their high-end craft, La Marzocco’s True Artisan Café returns once more. Experience refined taste as you’re hosted by baristas and roasters at the forefront of the specialty coffee scene.
In The Tasting Room, the journey of taste comes into its own with a programme of tasting workshops; here, coffee is served in context, alongside the likes of wine and chocolate. It’s a forward-thinking flavour experience, where you can test and train your palette.
From the grind setting to latte art, brewing the perfect espresso is arguably one of the hardest techniques in coffee. La Marzocco are setting the record straight with their bookable five-minute espresso workshops; get all your burning questions answered.
Dreaming of pouring the perfect glossy rosetta? Or simply head over heels for milky coffee? Good news, Latte Art Live is back, bringing the world’s top latte art specialists along with it. You’ve seen them on Instagram, and now they are at work right in front of you; expect a series of throw downs, showcases and hands-on workshops. That and a lot of free coffee.
One of this year’s highlights will be The Espresso Martini Party, the festival’s annual knees-up on the Friday night. Dance and socialise to a live DJ set with a Classic Espresso Martini or Flat White Martini in hand, shaken up by Baileys and Sandows Cold Brew. Can’t make it on the Friday? The Espresso Martini Bar will be open all festival long, so you can make a pitstop at any time.
If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of coffee, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn about the industry, from bean to cup and everything in between. Book into a session at The Lab for a line-up of live interactive demonstrations, workshops, talks and artisan tastings. The Roastery by Union Hand-Roasted is set to draw in the coffee lovers; the small-batch roaster will be live-roasting beans throughout the weekend, discussing the process with inquisitive onlookers.
Crank up your coffee geek setting one more notch and take your seat for Coffee Masters. Returning for the fourth time, this prestigious competition takes coffee to the highest level. The UK’s top 20 baristas will go head-to-head over four days of competition for the coveted title of Coffee Master and a cheque for £5,000.
Away from the endless coffee, a Street Food Market will be serving up creative food from the likes of Arancini Brothers, Crabbieshack and SpiceBox.
The festival will kick off UK Coffee Week; a national celebration of the UK coffee scene, founded to give back to the communities that make our love for coffee possible.
More info: www.londoncoffeefestival.com