Drink it, shoot it, eat it, snort it... The UK's largest coffee and artisan food festival is rolling back into town this year. Gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music, a 'lab' seminar project... you name it, they've got it at the London Coffee Festival - a celebration of the city's booming coffee culture.
The London Coffee Festival
Too often I've been told to quit coffee, but just like Lorelai Gilmore, if 'I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting-into-sentence doing'. Plus I love it! That is why this festival is one of my favourite events of the year and if you like sipping on something heavenly, you can't miss out on this experience. Learn about the various ways to make and brew coffee at home, taste signature drinks, explore the new Milk & Sugar area featuring fashion, design and food events, and graze your way through the Artisan and Street Food Markets, the Tea Garden and Chocolate Factory.
As soon as I entered the venue last year, I was given a bag with numerous gifts including a book with London's top coffee shops, so you immediately get your money's worth.
As you walk by the stalls, you soon realise the London Coffee Festival is like Disneyland for coffee lovers. Each kiosk offers different treats - such as coffee drinks, frozen yoghurt and pastries - and fun activities including free-of-charge photo booths. Live music, computer games, contests and other forms of entertainment make the experience that much more unique.
After two industry days on April 3 and 4, The London Coffee Festival opens its public events on Friday April 4th with an evening session (5-8pm) and the 'Expresso Martini Launch Party' (8-10pm), and continues on Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th when tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea time (4-7pm).
The festival is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week (April 7-13) which hosts fundraising events in aid of Project Waterfall, a charity that delivers clean water projects to coffee-producing countries.
The festival is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week™ which will take place nationwide between April 22-28 2013 and features fundraising events in aid of Project Waterfall, a charity that delivers clean water projects to coffee-producing countries. This year the London Coffee Festival features Cravendale's MILK Battle - heats take place on Thursday and Friday and a final on Sunday with top baristas competing to create the most elaborate latte art. The Science of Espresso, Deconstructed will see the team from La Cimbali pulling an Einstein about grinding, temperature, pressure and milk. The event concludes with Viennese speciality coffee roaster Julius Meinl encouraging visitors to share their favourite piece of poetry at the Poetry Cafe.
The Cause: 50% of all tickets sales are donated to provide clear drinking water in Africa
Ticket Price: Standard Ticket Price:
On Door £14.50