This year I’ve managed to attend a few different coffee festivals, and its interesting to see how different places create and market these events. September saw the arrival of Bristol’s first coffee festival – the Coffee House Project, held in the Passenger shed.
I think this was definitely my favourite venue for a coffee festival so far, a large hall of a former train station, and very easy to get around. There was a packed programme of different events and experiences throughout the festival from the UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2019 competition, to the opportunity to screen print your own tea towel. As you can see from the map there was a great selection of coffee and coffee shop related businesses present.
At the London Coffee Festival I got to try coffee from Girls Who Grind Coffee, an all-female coffee roastery who roast some fantastic coffee from female producers around the world. After seeing the tasting notes of the Honduras coffee as mango and passionfruit pavlova, we had to try that one – definitely an interesting coffee to try.
I was also really pleased to see the Dog & Hat Coffee subscription business at the festival. We’ve been subscribers with Dog & Hat for a while and we’ve had a fantastic selection of coffee from a wide range of roasters from across the UK and beyond. It was also nice to meet Su, to put a face to the business I’ve been interacting with. If you’re interested in trying out different coffees but don’t know where to start, they are definitely a good option!
The reusable cup company, KeepCup had a stand, and they even had a really pretty Coffee House Project cup for sale. At the London Coffee Festival earlier in the year I picked up a Huskup, a reusable cup I hadn’t heard of before, and it was good to see they had a stand here too. Lots of people were walking around with reusable coffee cups, and many stands had biodegradable or recyclable cups, so hopefully there wasn’t too much coffee cup waste from the event.
Coffee festivals are great way to celebrate and showcase whats happening locally in the coffee industry, and a really nice addition in the Coffee House Project bag was the Best Coffee specialty coffee map of Bristol. Trying different coffee shops is a great way to explore a city. I’ll definitely be using this to try new places next time I’m in Bristol.
There were many more highlights to the festival than what’s included here, but this is all I have time to write about at the minute. The Coffee House Project has definitely been one of my favourite coffee festival so far, not only because of the venue, the great coffee, but because of the friendliness of everyone we met. Hopefully the Coffee House Project will be back next year.