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  • The first-ever London Coffee Festival is now in full swing!

    The festival takes over the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1, from today until Sunday evening. Tonight, join the festivities at the festival’s official Public Launch and Espresso Martini Party from 5pm, following on from a very successful trade session today.



    A special feature of this evening’s launch is the first live public performance of ‘Coffee’, the official UK Coffee Week song, performed by incredibly talented young artist Sam Smith. John Adeleye, MOBO award-winner and X-Factor finalist, spearheads the music line-up accompanied by a range of live acoustic acts. The music programme continues for the duration of the festival.



    History in the making

    Tomorrow evening, Saturday 9 April at 5:30pm, the bell will ring to signal the start of the official Guinness World Record Attempt for the most espressos made in an hour. Don’t miss your chance to witness this live! The current record is 3,386 espressos in one hour, by 86 baristas on 20 machines in Poland. This is being challenged by a team of Australian baristas who made 5,016 in under an hour. The London Belle Barista team is ready and focussed to smash this record tomorrow.



    Who’s who at the festival

    The festival boasts over 70 of the UK’s biggest and best coffee, food and beverage companies, from artisan coffee roasters Union Hand-Roasted and Allpress Espresso Roastery to branded chains Costa Coffee and Starbucks, cocktail makers Krave, industry suppliers United Coffee and Alpro Soya, complemented by a wide range of gourmet food including Italian delicatessen, venison burgers, hog roast, crepes Grand Marnier and cakes and baked treats.



    Visitors will be entertained by barista demonstrations, artisan coffee roasting and cupping sessions and the opportunity to master the best techniques on the newest espresso machines. All are invited to participate in ‘The Lab’ seminar and educational programme, including talks from leading experts about a variety of topics such as ethical coffee, the latest brewing methods and sustainable initiatives.



    The London Coffee Festival is proud to be an integral part of the inaugural UK Coffee Week programme. 100% of ticket sales go directly to support the Project Waterfall charitable initiative, to deliver clean and safe water projects to communities in coffee-producing African countries.



    FESTIVAL INFO

    Opening hours

    Public Launch: TONIGHT 5:00pm – 10:00pm



    Sat 9 and Sun 10 April: 3 daily sessions

    Brunch: 10am - 1pm

    Lunch: 1pm - 4pm

    Teatime: 4pm - 7pm



    100% of ticket sales go directly to support the Project Waterfall charitable initiative.

    Tickets cost £8.50. Several sessions are almost sold out so advance bookings are strongly recommended at http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/buytickets.aspx



    For further information

    Visit the websites www.londoncoffeefestival.com and www.ukcoffeeweek.com or contact Christine Shanahan (Communications Manager) on [email protected] or +44(0)7765 927 895.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Glenn's Avatar
      Glenn -
      I'll be there tomorrow 1000-1300 and all day Sunday. Who else is going?
    1. funinacup's Avatar
      funinacup -
      Unfortunately I cant make it down this weekend. Have a great time those who are going, and please take pictures and post your experiences/purchases!

    1. sopran12's Avatar
      sopran12 -
      Sounds like fun.
      Too bad I didn't make it, maybe next time!
      I guess I can find Musical Tickets at eventim.
      Has anyone purchased tickets from that site?
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