London Coffee Festival 30 April - 3 May 201520.04.2015 / 00:06
You still doubt LCF one of the best ways to start your May? Here are 10 reasons to pop in:
1. Coffee Masters
One of the most anticipated events at this year’s London Coffee Festival is the new Coffee Masters competition that celebrates the vital role of the barista in today’s coffee-focused society – twenty international baristas battling against each other in a series of knockout rounds designed to test their coffee-making skills to the limit.
2. Experience how coffee reacts under pressure with L’Accademia di Cimbali
Unleash your inner coffee geek and discover the true science of espresso at L’Accademia di Cimbali.
La Cimbali will present an interactive coffee experience that explores how coffee reacts under pressure to affect the often forgotten sweetness of coffee. La Cimbali M100 HD coffee machines will be programmed to deliver several pressure profiles so that visitors can compare how this changes coffee sweetness. Visitors will be provided with a coffee tasting score sheet to record their notes as they experience the effect pressure has on the taste of coffee
3. Party on down at La Marzocco’s True Artisan Café
Bringing artisan cafes and roasters together, The True Artisan Café is La Marzocco’s pop-up coffee shop party at The London Coffee Festival.
Some of the best baristas from Europe’s leading coffee shops and roasters, including Notes, Horsham Coffee Roaster, Dear Green and Shoreditch Grind, will be taking over the three espresso bars of this pop-up café where you can explore the rich, vibrant and diverse coffee scene.
While the baristas mix up their signature drinks for you to try, live DJs will be spinning House music all the way – so grab a cocktail and shake some moves.
4. Relax and sip a cocktail in the VIP Hospitality Suite
A subtle parity between craftsmanship and sophistication, the exclusive lounge area at The House of Coffee & Co. offers the festival’s VIP guests a calm environment in which to relax.
VIPs will be welcomed into the Scandinavian-inspired lounge with a complimentary cocktail and a premium tote bag, filled with everything for the coffee enthusiast – including the latest London Coffee Guide.
Guests will be offered a selection of fine single origin coffees, teas and cocktails from a skilfully crafted bespoke menu – exclusive to the VIP lounge – and can enjoy the smooth sounds of some of London’s best acoustic artists.
5. Get hands-on with the festival’s Lab programme
Be inspired by world-class baristas, learn how to make your own cold brew and find out how to match your favourite coffee to its ideal chocolate partner. The festival’s Lab programme is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of coffee and its culture. Take part in a variety of brewing and tasting workshops, talks and seminars to discover more about coffee’s journey from crop to cup.
6. Create your own espresso blend with Assembly
New brand Assembly, in partnership with Volcano Coffee Works, is a collaboration of coffee experts from across London eager to shake up the coffee scene and do things a bit differently.
Through this collaboration Assembly members, including Embassy East, Noble Espresso and Esters, are working together to create a new collective espresso blend that not only considers the needs of the industry, but also what the all-important customer wants from their coffee.
Assembly are inviting you to replicate the collaboration’s own experience and create your own espresso blend by wet blending a selection of nine single origin coffees.
7. Tantalise your taste buds with the White Label Kitchen
To accompany the huge variety of artisan coffee, this year’s festival food will be brought to visitors in the form of a new restaurant idea that provides a blank slate for some of London’s hottest food concepts including Arancini Brothers, Herman ze German and And Union.
These resident chefs will create bespoke menus exclusively for the event, with the full line-up being revealed at the festival. Prepare yourself for some unique dishes that will perfectly complement the range of coffees at the festival.
8. Learn how to make decent coffee with ThreeSixty° Coffee
Struggling to perfect your favourite espresso at home?
Fear not, the team at ThreeSixty° Coffee are on hand in the Make Decent Coffee Lounge to answer your questions and help you conquer the cafetiere, ace the aeropress and brave the V60.
Choose your preferred piece of equipment and watch the masters at work as they show you that decent coffee is not just for the experts.
9. Immerse yourself in the sounds of international artists
All festivals need music and this year we’ll be featuring bands from around the world. Celebrate the weekend with the sounds of coffee-growing regions: join Ethiopian group Krar Collective for an espresso martini at Friday evening’s launch party, fiesta with South American Lokandes on Saturday and move and groove to Jamaican music on Sunday with The Big Steal.
If you’re still raring to go, enjoy our eclectic DJs hitting the decks on the main stage and at the True Artisan Café throughout the festival – so get ready to party.
10. Discover new innovative brands at Milk & Sugar
The fashion and design district of The London Coffee Festival, Milk & Sugar showcases unique, inspirational brands and innovative products that celebrate culture and creativity.
Experience multiple botanicals at the vintage Monkey 47 Gin Parlour or taste refinement at the Four Roses Bourbon Bar, before popping to the Pall Mall Barbers pop-up shop for a beard trim while listening to the dynamic sounds of DJ Dee Scott. With a variety of exclusive products and concepts, Milk & Sugar is the epitome of good taste.
11. Myself, I'll be there, documenting the great coffee-making tradition. Yum!
The London Coffee Festival takes place at the Old Truman Brewery from 30 April – 03 May. To book tickets, simply check out the link!