Day 2 at The London Coffee Festival at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane & UKBC Finals 2014!

We wanted to visit some of the exhibitors and talks that we had not had a chance on our previous day, as well as ensuring we did not miss the theatre and showmanship of the UK Barista Championships on the main stage.

Enjoyed watching Don Altizo from Baxter Storey competing in the UKBC Finals.

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Also, popped back during the morning to see the other UKBC finalists demonstrating their skills.

We came across Igor’s stand and who is the creator of Bekaert’s Biscuit Butter. It is a Belgian biscuit spread made from traditional speculoos biscuits and has a wonderful cinnamon and nutmeg taste.


Whilst chatting to him, the idea popped into my head that it would be perfect in our Meu Bem Querido recipe to add another dimension to it. Both the spread and the biscuits are much better in terms of flavour and texture than some of the other standard caramel spreads and biscuits available.

( For our recipe, follow this link: )


It was a lovely surprise to find out that Alpro have a new addition to their range – coconut milk. When I tasted it, it brought back memories of holidays abroad lying on warm, sunny beaches. Love Alpro and am always keen to see what new products they are developing.

We stopped to listen to the bands playing on the World Music Stage whilst we gave our feet a rest, and picked up a quick coffee from Costa which was right next to us – and decorated with lovely coffee art; plus munched on lovely, energy boosting Apple & Peach Bircher Muesli from MOMA Foods whilst chatting to the pleasant Alex Battle (Sales Manager) and his colleagues.


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Notes Roastery was so busy during this morning session that we again did not get a chance to chat to them. Maybe another time we can visit!

I was fascinated by the old coffee equipment at The Roasting Party stand whilst sampling their coffee.

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We stopped by LavAzza coffee stand to try their new Ethiopian Kafa Forest Coffee, which had a great floral aroma and flavours of cherries, dates and honey.

St Ali provided us with our fabulous coffee and foodie mementos of the festival (still sparingly savouring the coffee) – with their huge range of sweet & savoury products and coffees. Go check them out!

We left the festival on a high note after visiting the Auchentoshan stand in the Milk & Sugar Lounge. They carefully create their unique products in bourbon and sherry oak casks. The helpful Kylie and colleagues talked me through their range with each of their individual aromas and flavour profiles, like the Classic which had a tropical coconut character with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg notes. I particularly enjoyed the Three Wood whisky with its toffee flavour which reminded me of dulce de leche and would go well with a cinnamon sponge cake with clotted cream. But my ultimate favourite was the Virgin Oak, reserved for serious whisky drinkers, which has vibrant flavours of chocolate caramel, candied oranges and spiced fruits that bounced around on my palate and it was wonderfully smooth. It would go perfectly with a summery ginger and vanilla mousse cheesecake, or a decedent Louis XV chocolate praline dessert.

Today was a better experience as there were more coffee and product samples, and did not get rushed out at end part of our morning session so was able to chat to more people.

Overall, it was fun learning about coffee, the different varieties from around the world and also coffee pairings with other products.

For more photos and video clips to see what we got up to on both days at The London Coffee Festival, please visit our Facebook page:


For more on the UKBC Finalists visit:

The Finalists were –

1. 10:15 John GordonSquare Mile Coffee Roasters, London @JohnGordon09 @squaremile

2. 11:00 Estelle BrightCaravan Coffee, London @Estelle_Coffee @caravanexmouth

3. 11:45 Don AltizoBaxter Storey, London @donaltizo @Baxter_Storey

4. 12:45  Dale HarrisHas Bean, Midlands @acousticcoffee

5. 1:45 Maxwell Colonna DashwoodColonna & Small’s, Bath @Colonna_Smalls

6. 2:30 Joe MeagherFlat Caps Coffee, Newcastle @FlatCapJoe



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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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1 Response to Day 2 at The London Coffee Festival at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane & UKBC Finals 2014!

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