You all know how much I love my coffee. I live and breathe the stuff!
So when I was invited by the Union Hand Roasted Coffee to go along to the London Coffee Festival last week, I was definitely not going to say no.
The London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event with over 30,000 people attending this year. Held in the very trendy Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, this year featured over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls including Artisan Coffee School, Brewed By Hand, Caravan Coffee Roasters and Union Hand Roasted Coffee.
A celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture, there was so much to do here. Seb and I didn’t know where to start! We could have watched some of the world’s best baristas compete head-to-head for the prestigious Coffee Master title or attended a Latte Art workshop where we would learn to pour colourful hummingbirds into our lattes with flare. We could have tried a three-course coffee and food-pairing menu at a pop up restaurant hosted by the Scandinavian Embassy or an Espresso Martini party hosted by DJ Yoda? How about a lesson on all things chocolate at The School of Chocolate by Hotel Chocolat or a lesson in how to roast the perfect coffee from Union Hand Roasted Coffee’s head roaster, Jeremy Torz? There was just so much to do.
Seb and I made the most of it and ended up spending over 5 hours in this wonderful works of coffee. The VIP area also featured some of the best coffee based cocktails I have ever tried (courtesy of Volcano Coffee Works). Their concept Nitro Spro’tini was the bomb – the best espresso martini I have had in a very long time. We also left with an amazing goodie bag, filled to the brim with some great coffee and a few other goodies (more on that in my next blog post).
If you didn’t get a chance to go this year, I would definitely recommend blocking the 6th-9th April 2017 in your calendars. It’s a great experience, if you love your coffee as much as I do; you will come out loving those magic beans even more. Until next year.
London Coffee Festival
Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane, London