From the top Carly Hacon · 13 April 2018
London Coffee Festival reveals Britain’s best coffee connoisseurs
Calling all coffee lovers, the annual London Coffee Festival (LCF) has returned and will be on until Sunday 15th April. Despite many of the UK’s high street stores closing, the coffee shop industry is booming. So it is no surprise that LCF expects to see over 35, 000 guests over the four-day period. Business Advice reporter Carly Hacon checked out day one of the festivities and met up with some of the UK’s best coffee connoisseurs at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London. Festival highlights include the Latte Art Live workshops where you can learn how to craft your own milky masterpiece, barista workshops and the Espresso MartinI Party. And, LOTS of free coffee. In an interview the founder of LCF, Jeffrey Young, comments: It is exciting to see the continued flurry of innovation and, of course, so many new artisan coffee shop openings throughout London and the result of the UK each year. london is now recognised as a true centre of excellence for the high quality, craft coffee industry and why the festival attracts thousands of trade visitors and coffee tourists from all over the world. it’s not just about a cup of coffee it’s about its creative subculture and supporting independent businesses. The festival features over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music comprehensive lab? seminar programme that will educate even the deepest of coffee fans. Flat Brew founder, Nicholas Basden, debuted his business specialising in coffee spread at LCF 2017. Since then Basden has supplied his espresso spread to Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason and Harvey Nichols. Basden said: Were back this year with our new flavour caramel macchiato. Were looking forward to introducing the new flavour to people who saw us before. We have already seen a lot of customers from last year. were looking forward to seeing a lot of new independent retailers, we want to see a lot of people with independent chains. Another independent business featured there is Soho-based, nitro coffee? specialist, New North. Founder of New North, Christopher Beach, was excited to meet the thousands of coffee fanatics.
ABOUT THE EXPERTCarly Hacon
Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.