The London Coffee Festival at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

We went to meet Jesse and Arya from Nuffnang UK and fellow bloggers, and experience The London Coffee Festival together. It was great to be able to walk straight passed the massive queues creeping round the corner, and into the VIP Press Guestlist entrance.

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Whilst we waited for the Kahlua Coffee House Lab session, we wandered about the aptly named London area zones of Hyde Park (including the Espresso Martini Bar, World Music Stage and Chocolate Factory), Soho (including the Kahlua Coffee House and the La Marzocco True Artisan Cafe), Shoreditch (including the Street Food Market), and The Showroom (including the UKBC stage and Coffee Art Project) areas.

Our pitstops included: Footprint Hand Roasted Coffee with her light and buttery chocolate and vanilla shortbreads shaped like little footprints in the sand; chatting to the couple behind gourmet Costa Rican coffee company Naturologistica, especially about their Coope Tarrazu coffee with its citrusy, fruity and deep chocolaty sweetness notes (they did though apologise for not bringing any samples to be able to experience the coffees whilst they were talking us through their range of products); refreshing coffee from La Marzocco and their coffee enthusiast partner The University of Warwick (student team were talkative and chilled out); speciality coffee roasters Mission Coffee Works with their cool coffee apparatus; Chocomosa (chocolate samosas)- with a new peanut butter and an intense coconut flavours; Eden pastries company (including chocolate croissants); and lovely cream cheese brownies and Eric Lanard’s recipe from SCAE stand (who were raising money for Project Waterfall).

It was very interesting listening to Richard Williams, head roaster from Nude Coffee Roasters, and Jody, from The Liquorists, telling us about the 100% Arabica coffee and the origins of Kahlua coffee liqueur from Vera Cruz in Mexico – made since 1936! Kahlua is perfect in coffee based cocktails like Espresso Martinis or a Mocha combination with tequila Olmeca Altos Reposado, or just neat as a nightcap.


Another session was a link up between Lindt and Starbucks, where their Master Chocolatier Stefan and the Starbucks Head Master Barista Ege explained about the matching flavour profiles of their respective chocolates and coffees we were able to sample.

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Loved the sweet, fruity and redberry fragrance from the Darwin coffee, 100% Arabica bean coffee, from Matthew Algie. It is a combination of coffee beans from Peru, Ethiopia and Honduras.

This went well with the coffee & walnut and chocolate brownies from Fresh Eric’s cakes and Cafe Renaissance – they had a fab range of tasty cakes (a few we got to sample – all in a day’s work!):

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Lovely pastis de natas (£2 each) from Nata Pura went well with the range of coffees we were trying during the day – and there is never a better time than to be munching on these gorgeous delights than at a coffee festival.

Cooling icecreams from Green & Black’s whilst sitting on the sofas near the music stage were a welcome respite from the warmth and the crowds.

Sipping the traditional and smooth blend Vietnamese coffees from Vietnam’s finest coffee specialist The Saigon Coffee Company brought back wonderful memories of travelling through mid to southern Vietnam.

It was fascinating chatting to very friendly Audrey Cadostin (Director) at Ganache Macaron about their haute couture macaron creations like the vintage wedding dress, and about the new flavour additions to their range – and who are proud to count Maison Blanc as one of their clients. Eye-catching, colourful macarons display immediately caught our eyes and drew us in. Enjoyed the banana and salted caramel macarons. It was lovely meeting you Audrey! We look forward to talk in more detail to you and your team.

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We grabbed raspberry & almond tarts to go from Fresh Eric’s Cakes for our tea in the evening! These had a perfect balance of fruit with the frangipane, and went well with our Cafe Direct tea whilst we chilled out on the sofa.

Unfortunately, we got hurriedly funnelled out via Milk & Sugar Lounge by some of the festival staff 15mins before the end of our session, and so did not get a chance to visit all the stands we had planned to.

Also, not impressed that 70% of the exhibitors we visited had not thought of/ did not have coffee and product samples, or had already run out during their morning session (even though it was the third day since the press launch event), which would have made us buy more products to take home.

Anyway, we felt that there was still tomorrow to chat to some more exhibitors and check them off our list – including Alpro UK and Green & Blacks – and how they pair with various coffees.

A coffee that we would love to have tried, but did not get a chance, was the Sitio Nossa Senhora Aparecida coffee from Mococam, Sao Paulo, Brazil (available from Notes Roastery) as it is meant to have peanut butter, sweet milk chocolate, caramel and citrusy lime notes that would complement the Vieux Comte cheese (from French Bubbles, Covent Garden) that I adore. Also, our uncle has a coffee farm in the similar region in Brazil, and it would be great to be able to compare coffee flavour profiles.

Thanks for organising a fun day out Jesse and Arya! We will be back tomorrow to see the finals of the UK Barista Championships!



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Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
E1 6QR



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With their next event: World of Coffee 2014 in Rimini  Fiera , Rimini, Italy  on 10th-12th June, 2014


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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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6 Responses to The London Coffee Festival at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

  1. Jesse Lili says:

    Wow! You guys got so much done 🙂 I’m impressed! Jesse c

    • goantolondon says:

      Hi Jesse, glad you liked the post. we had to be strict with ourselves in terms of time so that we could check off all the talks and companies we wanted to visit on our list. hope you had a nice weekend, settling into your new place, and look forward to catching up again soon.

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  3. Diana Otero says:

    Was really nice experience at London Coffee Festival

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