Hattie Lloyd 06/04/18
London Coffee Festival 2018
Something’s brewing at the Old Truman Brewery.
And surprisingly, it’s not beer.
Instead, it’s Europe’s most monumental festival dedicated to coffee culture, with 250 exhibitors pouring over all four floors, releasing the aromatic, heart-racing hints of workshops, tasting tables, cocktail bars, throw-downs and live roasting demonstrations dotted throughout the building.
The reasons for attending are, in fact, far too numerous to go into fully here. But, in the spirit of our barista brethren, we’ve attempted to condense them into the following espresso sized teasers of what you can expect…
There will be coffee. Free coffee. Or rather, over 500 free coffees from some of the most exciting, pioneering, artisanal roasters and baristas out there; including small-batch roasts from the likes of Ozone and Caravan; signature serves from 36 independents at La Marzocco’s True Artisan Café; and around-the-world flights (of coffee) at the La Cimbali sensory bar.
Powered on by your 423rd espresso, you’ll be able to hit the extra experiences where you can enter the Tasting Room and sample coffees paired with chocolate, tea, and wine; watch masters from around the world freestyle latte art (or have a crack yourself); head to The Lab for interactive demos, pro workshops on home brewing, and talks on everything from the history of coffee to leading trends today; aaand take part in the festival’s inaugural Latte Art Karaoke.
Thankfully there’s plenty caffeine about, because you’ll need it if you’re also going to cram in the Friday night party at the Espresso Martini bar (headlined by Youngr); grill the Union team as they hand-roast coffee throughout the festival; watch the experts at work in the grand Coffee Masters competition; and kick back with the DJs and musicians in the Street Food village, where the likes of the Arancini Brothers and vegan curry makers Spice Box will be touting their wares.
Trust us, it’s going to be excellent.
Then again, you’ll know once you’ve bean.
NOTE: The London Coffee Festival 2018 takes place at the Old Truman Brewery from 12th-15th April (the 12th and 13th daytime sessions are directed at industry).
Tickets usually cost £16.50, or £22.50 on the door… but since you’re a Nudge Reader, you’re getting two for £28 (which is quite literally the best deal out there. Just saying). Simply use the code NUDGE1 when you checkout HERE.
Please note that the experiences come with a small surcharge – you can also book into those HERE.
The London Coffee Festival 2018 | Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
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Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, East London, E1 6QR
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