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Affogato al caffe: London Coffee Festival, 2017

By Anjida Sripongworakul

Wednesday 5 April 2017 Food

In need of some caffeine to power through your morning? Come to the London Coffee Festival for coffee, tea, food, and shopping!

With an expected attendance of over 35,000 coffee professionals and enthusiasts, traders, owners and baristas inclusive, the Festival is promises to enrich your coffee-drinking experience, as the center of artisan, workshops, street food, and live entertainment in themed zones named after London districts.

A ticket also grants you access to Milk & Sugar, a fashion area displaying brands inspired by fashion to food.

La Marzocco, a UK leader in coffee sales and training, operates an artisan café exclusive to the Festival, offering 36 European coffee shops’ signature drinks, from Stir’s Fika Flat White, Chapter 72’s Netflicks and Chill, GAIL’s Artisan Bakery’s Raw Deal, to WIRED Co.’s The Wiretini.

In addition to the stalls and demonstrations for your exploration, the Festival boasts a range of exclusive activities you may be interested to try out. But hurry, because tickets for these experiences, exhibitions, and workshops have been immensely popular and may sell out!

There is, of course, a barista competition, to complete the Festival. 20 entrants compete in 7 disciplines for the best display of creativity, passion, skill, knowledge and personality to win the Coffee Master Title, a global barista honour awarded annually in London’s and New York’s respective Coffee Festivals.

The Festival also offers Latte Art Live, an interactive zone for those interested in beautifying their coffee through 35-minute practical workshops by Ozone Coffee Roasters and a Live Latte Art on stage line-up including World Latte Art Champion Shinsaku Fukayama, UK Latte Art Champion Dhan Tamang, and Australian Latte Art Finalist Luke Shilling.

Alongside Latte Art Live is barista workshops, half an hour sessions for visitors donating £5 each, to master barista skills inclusive of perfecting the best possible espresso.

Grind, the famous local café brand, hosts a three-course Coffee and Food pair designed by its Head of Coffee Sam Trevethyen, and Head Roaster Chef Kyle Boyce. The menu includes, according to the website:

  • Heritage beetroot with whipped labneh and toasted pistachios (Ethiopian coffee)

  • Grind coffee butter sirloin with braised beans and red vein sorrel (Rwanda Buliza coffee)

  • Chocolate parfait, grind espresso streusel and candied hazelnuts (Kenyan coffee)

On Friday, the Festival launches with an Espresso Martini Launch Party, where you can sip Bailey’s coffee-infused cocktails from 8-10pm. This year’s music line-up is Kiss FM’s Co-Founder Norman Jay.

So do not miss this unique chance to immerse yourself in London’s vibrant coffee (and tea) scene.

London Coffee Festival runs from 7-9 April, 2017 at 15 Hanbury Street, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR. 2 Tickets can be bought for £25 using code TUBE17.


Anjida Sri

I'm a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master's candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I'm as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker's James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken's poetry. I've written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo's Iron Warrior. I'm also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE's Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I'm committed to representing students' reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS' platform for student voices.