The London Coffee Festival 2016

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

London coffee festival 2016  London coffee festival 2016

The London coffee festival 2016

 

I have never been to The London Coffee festival at the Old Truman Brewery before, but I was curious to see what was on offer this year. As a coffee enthusiast, I can't seem to resist coffee-related activities, and one of my favourite is coffee cupping.

Since I wanted to avoid crowds in the weekend, I intentionally visited the festival on one of the trade days, which to my surprise, turned out to be extremely packed too (don't people need to go to work?).

 

London coffee festival 2016  London coffee festival 2016

London coffee festival 2016

The London coffee festival 2016  London coffee festival 2016

 

At the festival, I was genuinely stunned by the number of coffee-related brands available in the market today. Judging from the event, the coffee craze is definitely here to stay. According to a report from The International Business Times, the UK coffee market is worth more than £1bn, whilst the tea market has been shrinking over the last few years.

Aside from famous international brands like DeLonghi, Illy, Lavazza, Baileys and UCC (from Japan) etc, there were also many new independent start-ups at the festival, which was encouraging.

 

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Union coffee's stand

 

Many of the well-known London-based coffee roasteries took part at the event, including Caravan, Ozone, Clifton Coffee, Climpson & Sons, Workshop and Union. I was particularly impressed by Union's stand, not only because they had a tasting area, but they also had coffee cupping sessions with detailed explanations of the origins of their beans and farms.  

 

The London coffee festival 2016  The London coffee festival 2016

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Top row: Teaforia's matcha, Bottom left: leaves for chai at Prana Chai; Bottom right: Karma Cola

 

Coffee aside, there were also many tea, food and other beverage companies at the festival. After tasting various coffee – and was feeling slightly lightheaded – I decided to go for beverage with lower caffeine levels. I tried Karma Cola, a fairtrade and organic beverage company that produces fizzy drinks. The graphics of this company is cool, and even though I am not a fizzy drinks fan, I liked the taste of their drinks, especially Gingerella.

Another interesting brand is the new green tea company called Teaforia. I would rarely buy green tea or matcha from non-Japanese beverage companies, but I was impressed by the tea I tasted at their stand, hence I bought some to try at home.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the festival, and it was fascinating to see how much this predominantly tea-drinking nation has changed over the years. I think the Brits will always have a soft-spot for tea, but at least they are taking their coffee more seriously now, and that can't be a bad sign.


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