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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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@Matthew_Algie @KahluaUK #RichardWilliams @NudeEspresso @greenandblacks
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