The London Coffee Festival will kick-off its eighth specialty coffee festival in London from 12 to 15 April 2018.
The Allegra Events annual Festival will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.
Last year, the festival attracted 30,832 industry professionals and coffee lovers, and event organisers are hoping for another successful year.
For those making the trip to London, here’s what you can expect to see:
Coffee Masters: A fast-paced knockout battle format that will see 24 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines. Australia’s newly-crowned Australian Latte Art Champion Shinsaku Fukayama of St Ali will be flying the flag for Australia in the contest.
The True Artisan Cafe: Meet the artisans one-on-one at La Marzocco’s original pop-up, where top specialty cafes will take over the machines to create signature drinks.
The Factory: Explore the roasting and cupping process and delve into the life of a Q Grader with Loring.
Latte Art Live: The world’s top baristas are set to pour the unimaginable on a Modbar. Expect throw downs and a lot of coffee.
The Tasting Room: From The Chemistry of Coffee by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood to Coffee and Chocolate Pairing by Rio Nuevo Chocolate and Origin Coffee, The Tasting Room is a place to discover flavour at its best.
Coffee: From the Cimbali UK Sensory Trilogy, to Caravan’s new Niners Bar and the La Marzocco Roasters Village, The London Coffee Festival has a stellar line-up of complimentary coffees to try, compare, and buy.
Meet the faces of coffee: See Tim Wendelboe, Anne Lunell, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Professor Jonathan Morris and James Hoffman when they take to the Festival stage for presentations on industry topics. This is a rare chance to catch them all in one place.
The Royal Treatment: VIPs are in for a treat, with access to the La Marzocco VIP suite, The La Marzocco Secret Garden, The Cupping and Roasting Factory and the teapigs Matcha Bar, plus a special goodie bag.
Innovation: Check out the Faema E71, the Modbar, the launch of the Rancilio Specialty, and Hario’s new limited edition ceramic V60 range.
Chocolate: Hotel Chocolat’s School of Chocolate will return to the festival and educate visitors on the bean to bar philosophy via three bookable experiences: The Tasting Adventure, Coffee and Chocolate Pairing, and the Rare and Vintage Masterclass.
For more information and tickets, visit www.londoncoffeefestival.com/Home