Marking the start of UK Coffee Week, the 2019 edition of the London Coffee Festival is set to run from the 28th to 31st March at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. To celebrate, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the event - just head over to our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages to enter. Winners announced Friday 22nd March - good luck!
London Coffee Festival: What Not to Miss
With over 250 exhibitors set to descend on the London Coffee Festival halls, it can be a daunting decision to work out who to visit and what to see. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you navigate the festival and find the good stuff.
Samples and Home-Brewing Tips
With all the big names in coffee in attendance at the London Coffee Festival, expect lots of samples as you work your way around the zones. If you’re looking for home-brewing tips, track down smaller roasters or baristas serving up coffee on the equipment stands - they have a wealth of knowledge and info, and generally have more time to give tips on preparing a great cup of coffee at home.
If you’re looking to be impressed by the UK’s top baristas, grab yourself a seat at the coveted Coffee Masters championship. Going head-to-head over the four days of the festival, 16 contenders will showcase their skills in a knockout battle. Last year, Poland's Agnieszka Rojewska blew away judges with her barista skills and was crowned Coffee Master, making her the first ever female to take the title in London. Check out the application videos for this year’s contenders here.
Once you’re ready for a cocktail, seek out the Tia Maria stand who’ll be armed with Espresso Martinis, Tia Negronis and Flat White Russians. They’ll be giving tips on how to create the perfect coffee cocktail, with recipes such as this Tia Cold Fashioned. We tried a very similar version with our Chimney Fire Cold Brew last summer and can confirm it was a hit.
We love a bit of coffee-inspired art and The Coffee Art Project has done a great job of curating coffee art for the London Coffee Festival in previous years. Check out art from previous winners here and save some time to visit the Coffee Art Project area on your visit to the Festival. The Coffee Art Project will also be supporting UK Coffee Week’s Project Waterfall by donating 50% of every artwork purchased to the charity.
Food at the Festival
East London has a wealth of culinary options for post-festival feasting, however if you’re peckish during the show, you won’t need to step outside of the Festival halls to get your hands on some great food. From East London’s Arancini Brothers who’ve created a bespoke London Coffee Festival burger for the event, to crispy battered soft-shell crab at Crabbieshack, London Coffee Festival’s White Label Kitchen has no shortage of great options to soak up the coffee excesses.
We’ll be at the London Coffee Festival on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March this year with Faema on stand G31. Visit us to get one of our sampling packs for a special London Coffee Festival price and find out about some of our exciting upcoming initiatives. For more information about the festival or to buy tickets, visit londoncoffeefestival.com. Use the code ‘LONDON’ to get your hands on two tickets for £30.