The London Coffee Festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery

The London Coffee Festival, the flagship event of the UK Coffee Week, is back at East London’s the Old Truman Brewery from 3 – 6 April. The program this year includes two dedicated industry days, 3 – 4 April, designed to provide the latest in innovative ideas, market research and vocational skills. A stand out highlight of the event will be a Coffee Refraction 101 workshop with Lachlan Ward, the Australian Brewers’ champion. The Lab will run a number of free seminars for industry professionals including a Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) UK roasting and blending workshop. In addition to sharing their knowledge on transforming the coffee bean, the SCAE UK will hold a half hour tutorial titled Milk Chemistry, explaining the science behind the best way to texture milk. The SCAE UK will also run a brewing workshop, a water testing and filtration workshop and a Coffee Diploma Systems seminar. Guests of The London Coffee Festival industry days will also have the opportunity to hear Anya Marco, Project Café13, give her overview of the coffee shop market.
Marco will share her insight on the success of the coffee shop sector and her predictions for future trends. A number of big brands will exhibit at this year’s festival, with La Cimbali, Sanremo and Victoria Arduino launching their latest products. Victoria Arduino will showcase its new VA388, the Black Eagle, a machine designed with help from 2007 World Barista Champion James Hoffman. The Black Eagle includes both T3 and gravimetric technologies to help maintain thermal stability and control the volume of each extraction. In 2013 The London Coffee Festival attracted more than 16, 000 attendees and this year’s numbers are expected to well exceed that figure. Industry members can attend for free by registering at The Coffee Festival website.

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