Even though London and the UK, in general, is a famous tea lover, the coffee passion gains momentum, and every year more and more coffee shops open in London.
And in 2022 The London Coffee Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary. It will be held from March 31 to April 3 at the Truman Brewery. It is expected to be attended by over 32,000 coffee lovers and will feature around 250 exhibitors, deli stalls, professional baristas, cafe owners, interactive workshops, coffee cocktails, live music, DJs, and much more. Thus, The London Coffee Festival is an unmissable event for all coffee lovers.
The festival presents many interesting things to taste, see and do in their cups for both professionals and coffee fans. Guests will get an opportunity to try their hand at latte art, see demonstrations from the world’s best baristas, and take part in coffee tastings.
So, here is our Complete Guide for The London Coffee Festival 2022 which will make you want to visit this unique four-day experience, where you will see the entire spectrum of the fascinating world of coffee. Get your London Coffee Festival ticket and let’s start our coffee journey!
Coffee Masters is a multi-discipline global barista tournament judged by the industry’s legendary names. The competition will be held in a knockout battle format and 16 contenders will have a chance to show their skills in 7 different disciplines and win a £5000 prize and the prestigious title of Coffee Master.
16 competitors who manage to make it to the semi-finals will compete in the following 7 disciplines: cupping, brewing, latte art, order, signature drink, espresso blend, and the origin.
16 contenders from the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Latvia, Germany, Romania, Spain, and Japan were chosen to compete in Coffee Masters 2022.
The figureheads of the world of coffee such as Freda Yuan (professional coffee taster and buyer, Head of Coffee in Origin Coffee Roasters), David Donde (founder of Truth Coffee and the owner of The Art of Duplicity), James Wise (Coffee Master Champion 2017 and one of the UK’s most talked-about coffee professionals), Diana Johnston Ledezma (the current UK Roasting Champion), James Hennebry (part Owner of Rosslyn Coffee) and the head judge Tim Sturk (Head of Coffee Training and Development for BaxterStorey and also a Head Judge for the UKBC).
The Lab will take place on all days of the event and will host industry figureheads who will discuss trends of the industry and give masterclasses on the most well-loved recipes. The event is supported by Lavazza. The engaging discussions on the key topics and trends will provide the guests with the latest industry knowledge and important insights. These educational, inspirational, and entertaining sessions will simply blow your mind.
The Roasters Village
Guests of the London Coffee Festival will have a chance to taste some extraordinary exclusive coffees at the Roasters Village. It had a huge success during London Coffee Festival 2021 and this year will be located on two floors just like in 2021. After trying an amazing mix of delicious coffee prepared by the best roaster, don’t forget to take home your favourite one to test your personal barista skills.
Sustainable Coffee Flight
KeepCup is the official partner of the London Coffee Festival this year. They opened in 2010 and introduced “the world’s first barista standard reusable cup”. Today, you can find KeepCup in over 75 countries. The cups are designed for drinking on the go and are aimed at reducing the waste from single-use cups.
At Sustainable Coffee Flight you will be able to get a sample of sustainable coffee and even get a chance to win some nice prizes. The only thing you have to do is to bring your reusable cup. You will get a Sustainable Coffee Flight Passport which will be stamped during your sustainable journey. And when your passport will be filled with all stamps that you will collect by trying sustainable drinks you can enter into a competition for a special prize. Your cup will also give you a fast-track entry to the festival. And don’t worry about mixing the coffees inside your cup, the exhibitors will rinse your cup for you whenever you need it.
Ludovic Rossignol, Director of the London Coffee Festival says “As we enter the post-pandemic era, sustainability has never been more important for hospitality operators and coffee roasters. Consumers now expect brands to positively impact the environment and their communities.”
If you meet KeepCup for the first time you can find out more about their mission and their products at their stand during the London coffee week.
Latte Art Live
Latte Art Live is an interactive zone hosted by Alpro. And as it is clear from the name, it is devoted to the art of creating beautiful lattes. Latte Art Live presents various masterclasses, Professional discussions, freestyles, and even challenges. The programme differs depending on the day of the festival. To see the full programme visit this link.
Taylors is not only an accessible supermarket coffee. And the Taylors Discovery will blow your mind with their 3 different stand-out coffees: Enzymatic Red Gesha, black Moon Gesha, and Silvio & Luz. At the micro-roastery designed especially for the coffee festival London, they deliver unique flavours.
This year they also present a brand-new coffee vodka created in partnership with distillery Harrogate Tipple. You will get an exclusive chance to try it first.
Check out London Coffee Festival curated guides:
Home Coffee Kit
If you visit the London Coffee Festival with your family you may also want to look at our The Perfect Family Day Out in London plan.