Added: 20th April 2015
More than 22,000 visitors are expected to attend, in search of the perfect bean making the perfect brew of coffee. This is the must-attend event for all coffee drinkers and anyone active in the coffee making and selling industry.
Held at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the London Coffee Festival is a celebration of the nation’s vibrant coffee drinking culture, from artisan food that is served with a steaming cuppa to gourmet coffee beans that cost an arm and a leg.
What can Coffee Fans look forward to?
There will be demonstrations from award-winning, world-class baristas – The Coffee Masters Competition, where the winner could walk away with £5,000 prize money. Live music will be wafting through the festival grounds and a “lab” seminar programme has been designed to educate and entertain even the most knowledgeable of coffee fans.
In the Milk & Sugar section of the event, visitors will be able to explore ways to make and brew different types of coffee at home, get a taste of some of the nation’s finest blends and discover fashion stalls, designer coffee machines and percolators.
The festival begins with two industry days, held on 30th April and 1st May, which are followed by public events staged in the evening of 1st May from 5.00 pm onwards until 8.00 pm, when the “Espresso Martini Launch Party” kicks up coffee dust from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available for 3-hour sessions:
- Brunch, held from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
- Lunch, held from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
- Tea, held from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Food will be served courtesy of Arancini Bros, St. John Bakery and Herman ze German; La Marzocco is returning to run the True Artisan Cafe pop-up coffee shop, this time raising money for Project Waterfall, the London Coffee Festival’s chosen charity, a project which delivers clean water to coffee-producing countries.
But the Festival is only the start of an entire glorious UK Coffee Week, which begins on 4th May and ends on 10th May. The week will feature numerous fundraising events in support of Project Waterfall.
Art lovers should make time to visit the Coffee Art Project competition, which will feature artistic endeavours by both established and emerging artists who were asked to submit an original artwork based on the concept of “coffee” or a “coffee shop experience”. The artwork can be in any medium to increase the fun factor. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of £1,500 and five runners-up will receive £250, plenty of money to buy cups of Cappuccino and Espresso with! London Coffee Festival visitors can vote for their favourite artwork at this event.