Did you make it to the London Coffee Festival 2019 on Brick Lane? Kyle and Dan headed up to the opening industry and press day to explore what the world of speciality coffee had to showcase. Tasting coffee from world-class roasters, testing some of the latest brewing equipment as well as sampling some fantastic and innovative new drinks are all things you can expect from your day at the festival.
If you’ve ever been to a coffee festival like London Coffee Festival then you know it’s a good idea to plan out some of the talks, stalls and roasters you’d particularly like to see before you arrive. Right from the start, the caffeinated hustle and bustle can distract you from what you really want to see. Make sure you have something to eat before you get started on the coffee and plan yourself a halfway break to prevent going into any kind of caffeine overdrive. We’re also excited to tell you that the use of KeepCups and other reusable cups was actively encouraged at the festival this year, preventing single-use coffee cup waste, so don’t forget yours! Here’s a map of all of the stalls that exhibited at London Coffee Festival this year.
The real draw of this show for most people is the opportunity to try and buy coffee from some of the world’s finest coffee roasters. We’ve put together a list of our top roasters not to miss at this year’s Festival:
- Girls Who Grind – This all-female coffee roasters celebrates women in coffee, we first met them at Camp Bestival in 2018 and they’ve been wowing us with their coffee ever since
- Five Elephant – These Berlin-based roasters are one of the best in the world. They’ve brought an exceptional selection of single origins for you to enjoy over the weekend, don’t miss out.
- Hasbean – Long-standing UK expert coffee roasters need no introduction, catch them in the roasters village on the top floor.
- Allpress – Another giant of the coffee world, not to be missed for a delicious coffee taster to get your day started.
- Plot – Woolwich based newcomers with some fantastic single origin options on offer.
One of the latest things to take the coffee industry by storm in the bast few years is kombucha, a fermented tea drink with some serious health benefits. There’a big range to choose from at this year’s London Coffee Festival but our favourites had to be London based Jarr Kombucha as well as LA Brewery Kombucha so be sure to give them a try.
Cold brew coffee, an already well established cold drink in the coffee industry has some new exciting variations on offer at LCF this year; be sure to try Union’s Sparkling Black Cold Brew Coffee as well as our Southbourne friends Conker Spirits‘ Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur.
We hope you have an amazing time at the Festival, be sure to let us know if you discover any of your own favourite roasters or products during your trip.
Photography: Kyle Grainger