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ill be rocking the grumpy mule stand thurs-sun come over for a brew and a chat. You cant miss me!

 

Was going to ask more but I guess if the photo is you then it should be easy enough. If I can successfully navigate my way around, I'll see you Friday!

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It dwarfs the MCF and once it gets busy, it's slower getting round plus so many people to talk with, so definitely go VIP. The first year that I went it was for a single session and it was no way long enough.
Thanks!

 

Don't suppose there are any promo codes that still work?

 

Cheers.

 

Tom.

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Thanks!

 

Don't suppose there are any promo codes that still work?

 

Cheers.

 

Tom.

 

There may be some on the Forum who has one - the early bird deal on VIP tickets has finished. If you can go on one of the industry days, then there are sometime tickets (and offered on here) - for example: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?43877&p=587415#post587415. Alternatively, someone may have a last minute ticket for Saturday at a lower price.

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I'll be there thursday and friday, probably helping out Raw Materials at cuppings on friday and milling about the place as usual on various stands


beans beans the musical fruit....

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2 more days and we will be heading to England, I adore England sooooo much and I only have good memories. I love the food, the breakfast, the British humor, proper coffee, people are friendly and able to stay in the cue without touching and pushing.

Well sure, you are complaining about the weather at any time, too hot, too rainy too foggy but thats all.

 

Looking forward to see as much forum members as possible. We have nothing to sell, it is just about coffee talk and coffee porn.

 

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I can hapilly recommend the Hasbean popup. Just outside Spitalfields church.

 

Inside the LCF.... Square Mile wins for me. Just fun for their 10th birthday. Cap-Man machine, guess how many beans in the hopper, tasting competition and party bags. *no cake though*

 

Coffee Masters area still good. Nice to see the UKBC back there, but again stuck in a silly place. Did see a couple of interesting things. Stagg pourover sets look lovely. Also the new Cafflano Kompresso looks cool. Not sure if I'd ever use it...

 

Layout of the event is still terrible, same areas are far too narrow and just grind to a halt. But some of that is dictated by the shape of the building. 4 floors helps, but not if they have doubled the number of tickets available.

 

Also. Take water! There's a couple of places where you can fill bottles up again which is good, and needed. I'd expect this weekend to be hot and noisy. Was bad enough today.

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If I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-into-sentences putting.

 

"Seriously, going to Starbucks for coffee is like going to prison for sex. You'll get it, but it's going to be rough" - Adam Hills

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Well, I am officially very excited just thinking about tomorrow... looking forward to meeting Brian Williams (of Brian's Coffee Spot), the mighty Frank aka @Terranova, the rocking scottomus, listening to Tim Wendelboe, getting along to the Niche and Peak Water stands, hopefully seeing Dave Stanton with his Crankhouse, lots of knock out coffee, and so much more....

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@Phil104 give a quick call and I give you an exhibitor pass.

Will try to get a 2nd one for Cleo.

 

send me an email and I send you my mobile number.

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Brilliant @Terranova - just emailed you...thank you...

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Was at LCF yesterday with the VIP pass. Just want to say the LM stand was really good - it was nice to finally have a play on a GS3, and the Leva looks amazing, really looking forward to seeing those out in cafes one day. And got some free LM merchandise too :) Had a good time at UCC too with the Aurelia Wave, and it's nice to see Rancilio too really breaking out into specaility with their new range. So many exciting things coming!


Desperate chain espresso bar manager waiting to break free!

 

Home gear includes Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux + Eureka Zenith Club E

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Decided not to go today. Saw everything I wanted to yesterday and it'll be busier today. Just not feeling the need.

 

Enjoy yourselves everyone.

 

Oh yeah... can no one beat my Cap-man score... thanks.

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If I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-into-sentences putting.

 

"Seriously, going to Starbucks for coffee is like going to prison for sex. You'll get it, but it's going to be rough" - Adam Hills

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Is it worth going to this as a consumer? I sadly missed it last year! Does anyone have any discount codes/spare tickets? :)

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Is it worth going to this as a consumer? I sadly missed it last year! Does anyone have any discount codes/spare tickets? :)

 

I don't have any tickets on hand but I know a load of voucher codes, or people offering tickets are floating around this forum.

 

I'd say you'd definitely enjoy it. Depending on where your heart lies there's a variety of things to do.

 

Loads of coffee roasters both independent and huge MNOs have stalls going offering free coffee samples with opportunity (but no pressure) to purchase. Examples I've seen are cupping/tasting sessions, and also just a chance to find out a little bit more about the coffee and its origin.

 

Also if you're a tech fanatic like me, there's a chance to play around with some nice new machines, some of them not even available to purchase yet. I had a nice go on machines from Rancilio Specialty, Nuova Simonelli, Sanremo and La Marzocco. UCC were offering 5 minute workshops ranging from new to pro level.


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Home gear includes Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux + Eureka Zenith Club E

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I just got free from job interviews. Thinking of going tomorrow. Any recommendations for must-visit stalls?

 

What are you the most interested in and I can narrow down a few for you? Coffee/tech/tea?


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Home gear includes Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux + Eureka Zenith Club E

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All three but preference is coffee and tech.

 

Tech-wise I have to suggest again UCC with Nuova Simonelli, La Marzocco, Rancilio, Sanremo, Astoria and Modbar

 

Coffee-wise my favourites were Union, Redemption Roasters, 12 Onzas, Caravan Coffee, Crankhouse and Ozone.


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Home gear includes Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux + Eureka Zenith Club E

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Best espresso: Ethiopia Guji natural by Bailies.

Best filter: Ethiopia Guji washed by Bailies.

 

Trust.


'it's all about the microbubbubbles'

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If you are going to the Festival, drop by Caravan on the ground floor. They are doing free tastings of one of the best beers I've ever tasted in my life. Camden Black Coffee Lager. It's stunning! Made my day.

 

Otherwise the standout decafs (just drink decaf) were Taylor St. Columbian and Union Rwanda Maraba. Stocked up on both.

 

Very busy Saturday at 10-1. Big queues, though they moved fast.


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If you are going to the Festival, drop by Caravan on the ground floor. They are doing free tastings of one of the best beers I've ever tasted in my life. Camden Black Coffee Lager. It's stunning! Made my day.
Did you find much decaf on offer?

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Did you find much decaf on offer?

 

No - remarkably little. Very few roaster brought any. The only one I'd recommend is Union Rwanda. Taylor St Columbian was delicious, but they didn't have any bags for sale on the stand. I scrounged some by goodwill. I was after single origins. There were four or five blends which I passed over. Union's bags were £5 but some roasters were charging as much as £10 for 250g.


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Does it end this weekend? If so I have no chance to go :(


Head down, boogying, in a mindless, no-nonsense sort of way...

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Did anyone go visit the Niche booth there? Was Martin there in person?


Fracino Ariete (Classico nowadays), Niche Zero, VST 15g; for work an Aeropress, but still seeking a hand grinder for it...

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Yes - there were a couple of Niche grinders. I don't know who Martin is, but there was a slim guy there about 40-50 who knew everything about it. Release remains "sometime this summer...." Very vague.


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