A big hello from a very sunny Glasgow! Hope you are well and had a wonderful weekend!
As promised, today is my recap of the London Coffee Festival last weekend – oh how I wish I could do it all over again!
London Coffee Festival – April 5th
David and I headed down to London last weekend to attend the London Coffee Festival – held in The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.
Both of us love our coffee and are growing to understand the flavours behind it a bit more. Coffee is like wine, different regions, different beans, different notes and flavours. We wanted and desired to know more! So the festival seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so!
We had tickets for the brunch slot (10am -1pm) and after a short, but pleasant in the sunshine, queue outside, we had our tickets stamped and were ready to go. A goodie bag was given on arrival and it was truly breathtaking when we walked inside the building. The smell of freshly brewed coffee spread throughout the space, the room was buzzing with smiles and chatter. We both knew we were in heaven!
In order to make my recap easier, I have decided to break the fest down in to 3 areas – the coffee, the food and ‘other’. As you can imagine, there was so much to see and see it all we did, but I will focus on my favourites!
So much coffee, so little time! As much as I wanted to try a coffee from every stand there, I just couldn’t! But I sampled quite a lot!
My favourite drink of the event
Favourite sampler has to be from New Row Coffee – I had an almond milk latte with fresh almond milk – oh my goodness it was perfection! And where can you find freshly made almond milk!?
Right here – http://newrowcoffee.co.uk/
My favourite Coffee of the event
Out of all the coffees we tried, our favourite was the blend from Urban Roast – lightly floral yet smooth and a lasting richness, it was the perfect all rounder coffee. So naturally we bought a bag to take home and will definitely be checking out their website for more!
My favourite ‘new’ Coffee
Hands down, Goodbeans Cold Brew. So many of the blogs I follow have raved about Cold Brew coffee but I had yet to find it in the UK – and so Goodbeans comes into our lives!
A new social enterprise, they are just getting on to their feet right now but definitely deserve our support and custom! I can’t wait until we can purchase online, I will be their first customer!
My favourite ‘Well Known’ Coffee
Oh Starbucks I love you. When I need a very good coffee, you are there and never disappoint. And you know what else I love, you never act like the ‘big corporate chain’ instead blending in with everyone else at the festival, big or small, embracing what we are all there to talk and smile about – good coffee.
Oh and best tip that I picked up from one of the producers – when making a mojito, also make an espresso. Take a sip of the espresso, swirl it around your mouth, swallow and then drink a sip of your mojito – a taste sensation! Neigh, explosion!
There were quite a few food and snack stands at the festival. There was even a pop up street food area that was fun to walk around! (Good smells!!). From chocolate to cakes, biscuits to ice cream, all were there to show their fantastic pairing with coffee. Again here are some of my favourites.
I really didn’t like chocolate until a few months ago, honestly! I think with adopting a paleo lifestyle my taste buds totally changed and from eating real food I found flavour! Now I just love rich dark chocolate. This Lindt stand was heaven. Mostly sampling dark chocolate, you could pick from their entire range. I can’t remember how many types I tried! We also chatted to one of the Lindt Chefs who gave me some great tips on using chocolate in our chilli (which David and I love to do) and also pairing their chilli chocolate with a rich full bodied red wine – can’t wait to try it out!
Yes we did purchase a couple of bars – dark chocolate with chilli, dark chocolate and blueberry and my favourite dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt…amazing!
I have been a fan of nakd bars for quite a few years now – I often recommend them when I blog posts about snacking. Minimal, clean ingredients and a great snack bar for when on the move or just with a coffee! Even though I have tried the whole range, it didn’t stop me sampling one or two (or more) of my favourites!
Green and Blacks Chocolate
Another favourite chocolate producer! They didn’t have that many dark chocolate options but it was great to sample a few new ones and chat to the staff at the stand about the product. I was surprised but my favourite of theirs was actually the dark chocolate with lemon oil – and I dont really like lemon! Would always recommend the Maya Gold and Ginger though!
There were so many other factors to the festival – a great art exhibition that centred around coffee…
Various DJ’s playing some killer tunes throughout the fest…
We also enjoyed music from a live salsa band – couldn’t help but dance!
There were also some other drink producers there that we loved.
A great British company focusing on great tasting juices and smoothies from fab ingredients, with no cooking. Therefore retaining all their nutrients.
Cawston are a company that David and I already love – we swear by a glass of their beet juice before we head off to CrossFit. So it was lovely to see them, chat with them and see what new products they are revealing. I am so happy to have found their new product – a fizzy cloudy apple juice with no sugar! Just apple juice and sparkling water! Once I can find them in the shops I know it will be a summer favourite!
And that’s all folks! I hope you like my recap of the festival, showing you some of my highlights! I included the websites in case you wanted to find out more.
The best highlight of the day though was simply talking – talking to all the friendly faces there that were happy to be celebrating this one very traditional drink that we all love – COFFEE!
Oh and we will be back – hurry up 2015!