Climpson & Sons got all up in the face of the London Coffee Festival last weekend. Bigger and better than ever before (40% up on last year) with more than 22,000 people in attendance over the four days.... and we felt it.
The festival was packed with coffee-loving punters from dawn until dusk. It was hot. Like sweaty hot. But it didn’t stop us having a good time.
We made coffee on the Project Waterfall stand and flitted between stalls chatting coffee to other roasteries and we saw some inspirational baristas take the stage at the UKBC. The highlight for us was teaming up with La Marzocco to host the mother of all parties – the unofficial ‘official’ after party at Climpson’s Arch. Our La Marzocco Linea Barbeque took centre stage – the chefs outdoing themselves with pork ribs with lashings of espresso barbeque sauce. Our two great loves combined – coffee and barbeques. Win.
The grand finale of the London Coffee Festival featured us on La Marzocco’s True Artisan Cafe whereby four roasteries had a slot to show off their signature drinks. This happened across the weekend with DJs fuelling the coffee buzz. On Sunday (just post party. We launched our new espresso blend The Fields. Our baristas Nicky, Tom and Adam smashed out some stunning espresso’s on the Strada EP. Whilst Nicole just caused trouble encouraging bystanders to try our espresso barbeque sauce and rebuking looks of indignation at the fact we didn’t have sugar!
The highlights package: La Marzocco’s True Artisan Cafe was a hit with everyone. It may have had something to do with the DJs but maybe also because they even brought along their engineers from Florence to piece together La Marzocco machines from scratch. Speaking of innovation, the Steampunk was quite the discovery – a siphon type contraption where steam is the game changer and experimentation is the name of the game. Project Waterfall raised over £77,000 from the event – providing much needed funds for to provide safe drinking water in Tanzania. And it’s not over yet.
Best London Coffee Festival yet? Hell yes. What is not to love about hanging out with new and old friends, drinking copious amounts of coffee and letting the hair down to celebrate our profession. The coffee scene has come a long way in the space of a year. It was obvious that appreciation for specialty coffee is on the rise; with roasteries showcasing some very exciting and lovingly crafted coffees across a range of methods. We were thrilled to see so many members of the public taking an interest and asking questions about coffee.
See you there next year!