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London Coffee Festival 2013

It’s rapidly coming to that time of year when the London Coffee Festival occurs.

A celebration of all things coffee – specialty and otherwise –  in the heart of Shoreditch, this annual four day festival is becoming a must-do for London coffee lovers.

At the heart of this long weekend lies the UK Barista Champs. The winner will represent the UK at the World Champs, in Melbourne this year. Last year’s UK champ, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood placed sixth in the world.

But this is not just about a competition. This is about trying new coffees and methods to prepare them. Of discovering why a latte is a latte and what makes a flat white flat. This is about copious cups of coffee and platefuls of glorious food to accompany the black gold.  And it’s about catching up with your friends to chat.

So grab your mates and some tickets and get yourselves down to The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for April’s London Coffee Festival.

What: The London Coffee Festival

When: 25-28 April, 2013

Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

Website: London Coffee Festival

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Coffee time – all weekend

Some of us would argue that it’s always coffee time.

But if there was ever time to focus on it, it’s this weekend in London.

The 2012 London Coffee Festival starts today with a Trade Show and Saturday and Sunday are open to the public – provided you’ve bought a ticket.

What’s on the boil? Think coffee and more coffee, with tea, chocolate, alcohol and food. Plus more coffee.

Each day there will be tastings, opportunities to try your hand as a barista or to test home coffee equipment. There will be educational presentations plus the big one – the final of the UK Barista Champs. The winner will soon head to the World Champs in Vienna.

This is a great festival. I attended last year and found that visitors weren’t swamped by crowds of people because safety regulations allow only a set number of people into the venue at any one time.

To accommodate large numbers, the weekend is divided into sessions and one ticket covers one session.

Held in the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, the London Coffee Festival is a deeply pleasurable experience regarding that Black Gold – coffee.





See you there!


Back to ozone

Just returned from another sitting at Ozone in Leonard St, London – this time with friends.

Stunning food a la NZ brunch. The eggs benedict uses bubble and squeak instead of a muffin base.


Coffee-wise, I opted for the soft brew option. African coffee tends to underwhelm me but I gave the Rwandan a go. Alas, underwhelming. The Ethiopian harrar was a step up but it too was missing a certain zing.

It’s not a roasting issue – it’s my palate. It gets excited by the Central and South American beans. Maybe I’ll grow into Africa…

Service was attentive even though Ozone was fairly packed on a Sunday afternoon – the only minor quibble was a glass of juice that never arrived. Not bad considering our party of five arrived over a half hour period.

So once again, a big thumbs up to Ozone.

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