Here at Moksha, we are unashamedly obsessed with the bean. From a first-thing espresso to a flat white with lunch, we can’t get enough. Which is why we’re super excited for this year’s London Coffee Festival! In its sixth year running now, the festival is set to be an enormous, fragrant celebration of coffee. And yes, it will be fraught with hipsters.
A brew to remember
It’s running from the 6th to the 9th April, meaning there’s plenty of chance to get up to the big smoke and get your hands on some freshly roasted beans. Each of the days promises as many tastings as you can consume, demos and workshops.
Naturally, the festival has invited world-renowned baristas who will be roasting, grinding, tamping, frothing, and pouring all weekend. Last year our favourite coffee was the Kenyan Gathango Ab from Matthew Algie, so we’re really looking forward to sampling some new ranges and brewing techniques.
We also can’t wait to sample some of the coffee cocktails on offer. We’ve heard rumour of a Baileys flat white, which we’re particularly excited to sup.
For the decaf brigade, last year we also enjoyed tasting real hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat, and fresh chai tea (that inspired our own home-made fresh chai), as well as all things matcha. So there’s still plenty to see and taste even if you’re off the coffee.
Getting hands-on at the coffee festival
If you want to get in with the nitty gritty, there’ll be tasting workshops on not just coffee, but also chocolate, tea, whisky, beer and wine. There are also flavour challenges, to see if you can spot the undertones in each cup.
You can watch some live latte art, and stock up on beans, coffee-related goodies, and even fashion (strictly varsity jackets and tiny pin-badges, of course). This year there’ll be an art exhibition, plus a pop-up restaurant serving brunch, and a three-course menu, pairing food with coffee. Bliss.
If you’re going on the Friday, there’s due to be a Coffee Martini Party, headlined by none other than DJ Norman Jay, MBE.
The need to know
The festival is expecting over 30,000 attendees, so if you’re looking to go, you’d best get your tickets sharpish! Tickets are £16 in advance, or £22 on the door. 50% of the ticket price goes to charity Project Waterfall, which brings clean water to coffee-growing communities – a worthy cause.
The London Coffee Festival is on the 6th – 9th April 2017, in the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.
Moksha gets involved
To celebrate the London Coffee Festival, and all things caffeine, we’ve decided to get involved. For the duration of the festival, we will be donating 5p per cup of coffee sold at Moksha Caffé to Project Waterfall.
We’ll also be serving a different origin coffee every day for our customers to try, and we’re going to be hosting a coffee-related event! Last year we hosted a coffee tasting in the café, so watch this space!
See you there!
Coffee tasting 2016 in Moksha
— Paul Macauley (@paul_macauley) April 15, 2016