15 April 2016 BY CMC PR
As Gaggia UK’s PR agency and ardent coffee lovers, we of course ventured out to the Truman Brewery for the rather buzzing London Coffee Festival. And below are five things that we liked a lot.
The festival marked the beginning of UK Coffee Week. From 11th until 17thApril coffee shops across the UK raised funds for Project Waterfall, a charity that brings clean water to coffee growing communities.
The Brewery makes for a great venue, aided all the more by the smell of delicious coffee - and food – as you arrive. The dream combination of great coffee, cakes, chocolate and ice cream were free to sample as you move from stand to stand on the two floors of the show, which were packed throughout the four days.
As you may have seen on our Twitter (link) we really enjoyed ourselves learning how to draw hearts on lattes, drinking cold coffee from an antique machine, discovering more about coffee from around the world and brewing techniques or just walking around sampling pastries.
So what were the five things that impressed us most?
- If your very, very, very serious about grinding you can’t fail to be impressed with Titus by Durra and Liepertz, each machine can be customised to the owners preference, are built by hand in titanium and nickel coatings the grinders have unheard of accuracy and take months to build – which goes some way to explaining why the top model will set you back a cool €6000!
- Still grinding but at the opposite end of the scale was the rather clever all-in-one pour over coffee maker: Cafflano. Incredibly well thought out and with high quality components throughout the Cafflano means freshly ground coffee can be had anywhere and anytime. We must admit that we were quite convinced as was the large crowd in front of the stand.
- We’ve also had the chance to talk to Professor Harris creator of the Steampunk an antique crazy looking machine that makes cold brew coffee. The materials come from car sales boot sales and the antique shop.
- One nice surprise was the presence of Hotel Chocolat. Everyone was reluctant to leave their stand due to the free availability of so many yummy things: from coffee flavoured chocolate chunks to real hot chocolate, chocolate ice-cream or even pieces of biltong coated in chocolate….of course!
- And finally we liked La Cimballi’s stand. A skilled barista was standing behind a real coffee bar and giant Cimballi machines and teaching the crowd the art of great coffee and techniques to finish it with a frothy drawing.
The London Coffee Festival is the biggest coffee festival worldwide and continues to grow, attracting almost twice as many people as last year. It seems like the UK coffee industry has its best days ahead.