What better way to start my coffee blog with a little review of the second day of London Coffee Festival?! I was fortunate enough to be invited by my friend, which meant I only had to scrounge enough money from my piggy bank for the train fare. Long story short, I’m pretty broke and didn’t think I’d be able to go.
It was an early start, a busy train ride and then I got lost coming out of Aldgate East – walked in every direction for a good 20 minutes before finally meeting Barista Buddy, Marco, on Brick Lane.
We started the day by collecting our tote bags of goodies, and rummaging through them whilst sipping Espresso Martinis on the makeshift grass, scanning the stalls and deciding where to go first.
From the DripApp stand full of stickers and a prize gumball machine (Where I won a tshirt!) to the amazingly delicious Moju juices, whose marketing was spot on and staff were lovely.
I managed to see some friends from Coffee Mongers Roastery, based in Lymington, and tried another two of their blends. They are some seriously talented people, and really friendly! Illy coffee was as expected, totally fantastic! And I loved their beautifully designed cups. I met some extremely interesting, talented and awesome people who introduced me to new blends, companies and options.
My favourite blend from the day was definitely the UCC Grand Crü, which was full of fruitiness and hints of chocolate and I met one of their lovely baristas called Rebecca. I was super excited to meet Giacomo Vannelli, Italian Barista Champion 2014 and 2015 AND see Dhan Tamang in action, showing off his unreal latte art skills.
I came away with a bag full of stickers, flyers, business cards, a keepcup, a tshirt and a tote bag! Plus new friends and a tonne of information about my favourite hobby.