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The London Coffee Festival 2013

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Coffee brewers and baristas in an old beer brewery
With Christmas fast approaching you may feel like nothing more than a gingerbread latte just now, but I'm hoping that your thoughts will turn to something colder and more refreshing by the time the London Coffee Festival opens its doors at the end of April. If you book your tickets before Christmas you will be able to buy two of them for a discounted £22, to include the latest edition of the London Coffee Guide. So if you're stuck for a present for a coffee lover, this could be just the ticket, and if you ask nicely they might take you along with them. So hop along to the Old Truman Brewery where the event takes place.

London Coffee Festival
London Coffee Festival (Image courtesy of the website)


Almost 12,000 people visited the festival in 2012. You could follow in their footsteps and visit the True Artisan Café and watch the baristas from eighteen different coffee shops as they dedicate themselves to brewing the best of beans. And if you feel a need to soak up all of that caffeine, there will be vendors from the world of food at the Street Food and Artisan Markets.

London Coffee Festival
London Coffee Festival (Image courtesy of the website)


For your further delectation there will be several competitions: The UK Barista Championship, UK Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits, Ibrik and Cupping. So fortify yourselves with a cup of coffee and cheer on your favourites. A visit to the Lab will provide a chance to learn more about the scientific side of the drink, taste, discuss and debate, learn about the latest brewing techniques, the history of the drink, and how to set up your own coffee shop. In the' Roastery on Tour' you will be able to watch the experts as they concoct the perfect blends and then you could taste them in situ, or take some beans home with you. Book for the event now and pencil in the dates in next year's diary.
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Why? To immerse yourself in coffee
When: Further information is on the website
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Cost: Details on the website
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