We headed down to London last Saturday to visit the London Coffee Festival with Nuffnang UK. And of course, when I found out my friend Zoe was there with Google Local London team we had to head over for some silly photos, as you do.
The London Coffee Festival was held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch over a long weekend. It was a HUGE event that covered everything to do with coffee and more. From the ‘big boys’ in coffee (hello Costa and Starbucks) to the small artisan single estate coffee producers (hello Orang Utan – seen above). There were coffee pods, espresso machines, aeropress, whisky sprays, martinis and cocktails, artisan soft drinks, milk, tea, chocolate, biscuit spreads, liquid fudge and more. It was epic.
I can honestly say this was one of the most fun days I’ve had at a food and beverage festival.
And what made it special was not only the sheer size of the place, but the huge range of top quality stalls. You don’t have to like coffee to go to the London Coffee Festival. There were so many tea and chocolate stands, it was awesome!
I got to try the new flavours at the Green & Black’s stall – hello Lemon chocolate! That was so darn tasty.
And there were loads of proper hot chocolates stands. Yum!
Of course, the Kahlua stand was pretty popular for it’s cocktails, especially the espresso martini’s.
Highlights from the London Coffee Festival:
There was a stall where they made a whole espresso machine from scratch – wowzers!
We went to talk about women coffee farmer initiatives
We learnt that coffee tasting is called spooning
There was an awesome Colombian band providing the soundtrack to main arena
I tasted some delicious coffee concoctions
My favourite was at the Alpro stall where I had an almond macchiato
We went to a talk on whole leaf tea. It was fascinating.
We tried loads of fabulous whole leaf teas. My favourite was the Novus tea, particularly the Dragonwell Green variety
We went to a men’s style talk with Individualism which was awesome!
We ate a delicious Goan Pulled Pork Naan Wrap. Yum!
We chatted to LOADS of brands about their products, and they were all so passionate.
We tried Iced Vietnamese Coffee and it was amazing.
And the goodie bag was filled with really useful things like Caffeine magazine, the 2012 London Coffee Guide, some samples such as Fox’s Caffe Thins (which I recommend) and was useful for carrying around some more samples we picked up along the way.
I will definitely go again next year. I did go as press with Nuffnang for this trip but was under no obligation to blog about it. I genuinely loved our day there. If you enjoy chatting to people and enjoy caffeine related products you’ll love this festival too.
The festival weekend runs in 3 hour slots, which is interesting. And the place is huge! So you do need to get there as soon as your ticket session starts to get the most out of it. We were lucky that we had all day there, so we really made the most of it and talked to almost everyone. As with most things, you get what you put into it. So if you do head down there next year, talk to and engage with the stall holders, they are really passionate about what they do!