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Caffeine fixation: the London Coffee Festival is brewing

Red7 , March 25, 2014

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Ever wondered how to make the perfect cup of coffee? Have you been served by the best baristas in London? Or seen intricate latte art created before your very eyes? Well then, you were probably lucky to have bean (sorry) to The London Coffee Festival last year.

Next week the London Coffee Festival returns to the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for three days of all things coffee. Coffee lovers and coffee industry workers alike will descend on one of East London’s coolest venues to enjoy steamy demonstrations from the world’s best baristas, sip coffee cocktails at The Kahlua Coffee House and enjoy tasting over 250 stalls of artisan and gourmet coffee, craft beer and some of London’s best street food.

The London Coffee Festival will be accompanied by the soundtrack of some of the coolest music from the ‘Coffee Belt’ – some of the world’s best coffee-producers like Brazil, Columbia and Africa – spinning Latin, tropical, samba and even an urban twist on traditional African music by London-based Kasai Masai.

Event feature, Milk and Sugar, will also be attendance at the London Coffee Festival, showcasing some seriously exciting brands to the coffee festival-goers. Pall Mall Barbers are putting on a pop-up barbers, St. Ali are treating the festival to the best brunch in Melborne, Eden by Wonder Bars are creating herb-infused cocktails and The Gentleman’s Craft Beer Bar will be selling some of the best brews by Brewers and Union.

If that’s not enough, coffee revellers can show their appreciation for the beautiful bean well into Friday night at the Espresso Martini Launch Party, or visit the London Coffee Festival’s sponsors, Cravendale, at The Milk Bar, where guests can wine a coffee machine and a lifetime supply of Cravendale in the ‘Beat the Barista’ competition, or have their mind’s stimulated by more than caffeine at The Lab, with a series of workshops, demonstrations and debates on everything from coffee ethics to coffee science and some jaw-dropping coffee art.

The London Coffee Festival takes place from April 3-6, with the first two days reserved for the coffee industry. The doors open for the public at 5pm on Friday.

Tickets start at £11.50 for a session (brunch, lunch or tea time) from www.londoncoffeefestival.com

In celebration of the biggest coffee festival in the UK, we want to know… where can you get the best coffee in London?

 

And if you prefer a traditional English cuppa, click here for great hen activity ideas

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