The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London was taken over last week with the London Coffee Festival. It was a fascinating caffeine fuelled event, with representatives from a range of organisations from across the coffee industry, from the international coffee chains, coffee machine manufacturers, roasters and baristas, to a gourmet marshmallow company and cold brew coffee company. For anyone with even a remote interest in the coffee (or tea) industry, this really is a great event to attend.
I learnt a lot about the diversity of organisations involved in the coffee industry in general, but also about the vibrant independent cafe culture in London, and the growth of independent roasters in the UK too. It was fascinating to see the range of ways to make coffee (and the huge range of equipment that you can buy to do so), as well as the skills of the baristas in Coffee Masters. Of course, I also had the chance to sample a very wide range of coffees, teas and other beverages – and came away with a range of coffees (Vietnamese and Guatemalan), espresso syrups (from Poland) and a book about coffee. All in all a very productive morning. To see what the festival had to offer there are a few posts on my photography blog:
- London Coffee Festival – Part one
- London Coffee Festival – Part two
- London Coffee Festival – Part three
- London Coffee Festival – Part four
The festival provided a fascinating insight into the coffee culture in the UK. Armed with a copy of the 2015 London coffee guide I will endeavour to investigate what the capital has to offer in future visits.
The Festival highlights that 4th – 10th May is also UK Coffee Week:
“a nationwide fundraising initiative that supports coffee growing countries through the vibrancy of coffee culture. All funds raised during the week go directly towards Project Waterfall to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities.” UK Coffee Week
There are a whole host of events related to UK Coffee Week, with cafes across the country, celebrating coffee culture and raising money for Project Waterfall. It will be interesting to see some of the activities that take place. You can find out more about UK Coffee week here, and Project Waterfall here.