London Coffee Festival
15 Hanbury Street
Until Sun Apr 6
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Feb 6 2014
Returning for 2014, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London's vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. Visitors can learn about the various ways to make and brew coffee at home, taste signature drinks and explore the new Milk & Sugar area featuring fashion, design and food events.
After two industry days on April 3 and 4, The London Coffee Festival kicks off its public events on Friday April 4 with an evening session (5-8pm) and the ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’ (8-10pm), and continues on Saturday April 5 and Sunday April 6 when tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea time (4-7pm).
The festival is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week (April 7-13) and features fundraising events in aid of Project Waterfall, a charity that delivers clean water projects to coffee producing countries.
Features for 2014 include Cravendale's MILK Battle, with heats taking place on Thursday and Friday and a final on Sunday, at which top baristas will go head-to-head to see who can create the most elaborate latte art and win a trip to a coffee country of origin. The Science of Espresso, Deconstructed will see the team from La Cimbali getting geeky about grinding, temperature, pressure and milk. And Viennese speciality coffee roaster Julius Meinl is encouraging visitors to share their favourite piece of poetry at the Poetry Cafe.
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Saturday and Sunday you can also visit Plant & Plant Ltd for vintage coffee pots and cups, and other china and glass to style up your table. In The Tea Rooms, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, 1 6RU
I was very drawn to this event as I love coffee but what is the clinching factor for me is the fact that it is supporting the charity Project Waterfall. I've just emailed a bunch of my friends to come along and support it all! I haven't been so am really looking forward to going along, especially knowing my money is going to a worthy cause!
A friend of mine went last year and has been going on about how great it was - definitely not missing out this year!