London Coffee Festival returns with a blend of ideas and innovation

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Returning for its sixth year, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event. Designed to showcase the industry’s finest artisan coffee roasters, independent coffee shops and talented baristas, this year’s event will feature two industry days at The Old Truman Brewery on April 7 and 8, followed by two days open to the general public on April 9 and 10.

With an increased capacity of 50,000 square feet accommodating 35,000 attendees for 2016, there are plenty of reasons to attend the event at the Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane.

Best coffee under one roof

The London Coffee Festival sees some of the world’s best roasters come together under one roof, meaning coffee aficionados can experience the very best that the industry has to offer. Caravan Coffee Roasters, Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Workshop Coffee, Ozone Coffee Roasters, The Roasting Party, Climpson & Sons, Allpress Espresso, Origin Coffee, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and UCC are just a few of the top-notch roasters presenting their seasonal single origin coffees and blends at the festival.

Attendees will have the chance to try their hand at making their own espresso blend at Assembly’s stand, as well as taste the nine blends that Caravan Coffee Roasters is creating especially for Coffee Masters – the fast-paced, multi-disciplinary barista competition that will be held at the event.

World of flavour

Global flavourings expert Monin is making its debut at the London Coffee Festival this year, showcasing its summer drinks offering. Star of the show will be the new, reduced-sugar Monin Cloudy Lemonade Concentrate, which dilutes with water to produce a refreshing 12oz beverage containing only 67 calories. It can be combined with a range of premium syrups and Le Fruit de Monin purees for unlimited flavour combinations. Also on offer will be a range of Monin Iced Teas, bottles of Monin-flavoured cold brew coffee, iced lattes and tasty fruit smoothies and frappés served from a slushy machine. Visitors can pick their favourite drink, take a #MONINMoment selfie at the stand and upload to Twitter for the chance to win a prize.

Bulleit Bourbon has partnered The Gentleman Baristas coffee shop to produce some barrel-aged coffee and whiskey cocktails that would be available at London Coffee Festival. Also exhibiting is Mr Black, the premium bitter, dark liqueur with an unadulterated coffee kick which is made entirely using a cold extraction process. It has also partnered bars in the area for cocktails that reinvent the classic Espresso Martini.

As a headline sponsor of the festival, Baileys is pairing up with flavour specialists Bompas & Parr to deliver a “highly engaging taste experience” and demonstrate the versatility and opportunity for the liqueur and coffee serves. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a Baileys and Illy coffee sample from the Baileys coffee van and attend a special “Lab Session” on how to create Baileys’ signature cocktail, the Flat White Martini.

Try the latest and greatest equipment and technology

From the launch of La Cimbali’s S30 new fully automatic machine, Bonavita’s brewing equipment to BRITA’s water filtration, this year’s festival will showcase the most advanced technology on the market. Witness a coffee revolution as Maxwell Colona-Dashwood – the 2015 UK Barista Champion – launches the world’s first range of speciality coffee machine pods. Try-out Mahlkonig’s new K30 PEAK grinder, see Faema’s E71 for the first time as it is unveiled at the festival, and discover undercounter espresso technology with Mavam making their first continental appearance straight from the West Coast.

Providing education

You can brush up on your knowledge by participating in the extensive Lab programme which is set to see the likes of Allegra Strategies deliver key findings from its latest Project Café UK report, and various sessions run by The Artisan Coffee School.

Visitors can take part in Alessandro Bonuzzi’s “Training – Why It Is So Vital and How to Deliver It” workshop, or perfect their latte art skills with Coffee Masters New York 2015 champion Ben Morrow at Rachel Organic’s Milk Bar.

Be entertained

The London Coffee Festival wouldn’t be a festival without a little party, so visitors can expect to be entertained by musicians such as Bloom Twins and Gypsy Hill while sipping on one of Baileys’ Flat White cocktails.

For those looking for a bite to eat, The House of Coffee & Co, LCF’s VIP Suite will play host to Scandinavian Embassy’s pop-up restaurant. Visitors keen to explore the unknown are invited to experience the combination of chilled espresso and oysters with Head Chef Rikard Andersson, who has created a three-course coffee and food pairing experience that will both challenge and delight taste buds.

Festival founder Ludovic Rossignol says: “Coffee is becoming a lifestyle – seductive and stylish, yet technical. The ‘fourth wave’ or the science of coffee is injecting a new dimension to how coffee is served in cafes, enjoyed at home, or in the office. The richness and breadth of coffee experiences offered at the festival, we hope, will stir your senses and elevate coffee standards across London and beyond.”


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