London Coffee Festival, April 7th-10th 2016
Climpson's on tour
The 2016 London Coffee Festival took place over four big days from the 7th-10th of April. An abundance of coffee mad people made their way in and out of the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and we were there every step of the way! The festival broke attendance records with official numbers in at 30,488 visitors (including 13,843 trade visitors), up considerably from the 25k in 2015.
We couldn’t wait for the festival to kick off; with it being our first year exhibiting at the festival we had a lot in store! This year our stand that was all about the coffee and we wanted to showcase it in the best way possible. Serving espresso from a La Marzocco PB we also had a brew bar holding two Marco SP9’s making automated V60s which made it possible for us to show off a variety of coffee. We showcased our signature espresso the Climpson Estate and one of our newest single origins Musasa Mbilima from Rwanda. On the brew bar we had 3 exclusive and delicious coffees. First was Nyabihanga #57, Burundi, a very popular coffee of ours that made it to the Caffeine Mag top 5 this month! Second was Maraba Sovu Cup of Excellence #20 from Rwanda- Manuel chose this coffee as he competed in the finals of the Coffee Masters so we were excited to showcase it as he competed in the Masters only a mere couple of feet away! Last, but not least was the coffee highlight of the Festival. Las Margaritas from Colombia was used by Anthony and Simon as they competed in the finals of the UK Brewers Cup and it took Anthony all the way to 3rd place! This coffee is one of the most interesting and delicious coffees we have had the joy of drinking at Climpson’s with the price tag to match! This coffee is an experimental varietal called Sudan Rume, its origins are in Africa, but they are attempting to grow it in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. We were blown away by the positive response from people throughout the industry and we completely sold out of the coffee at the festival!
SCAE UK Brewers Cup
The competition game was strong this year at the festival and it was great to have The Climpsons representing across the board. Our roasters Simon and Anthony made it to the finals of the UK Brewers Cup and brewing the Las Margaritas, Colombia we knew they were both going to do well! Simon killed the judges with kindness sewing his routine up in 5min and a top 8 finish. Anthony smashed it out of the park charming the judges with his delivery and placing 3rd in the competition.
The highly anticipated Coffee Masters was back again at the heart of the festival drawing a huge over-caffeinated crowd at every round. We watched 16 of the top baristas from around the globe compete head to head for the title and £5,000 prize. The challenges the competitors faced included all the things we do on a daily basis from cupping, brewing, latte art, completing 10 coffees in 9 minutes and the signature drink. We couldn’t have been more proud to have our man Manuel up there competing for the first time for the title. He cruised through the first round of his cupping and brewing challenge and made it to the Quarter Finals. He got knocked out against Ben Morrow from Australia but a huge effort was put in by Manuel and he came out 5th overall! We also were super proud of Yuko from Timberyard who made it to the grand final with a very close second place finish. A big congratulations to Ben Morrow who took the Coffee Masters 2016 title! See you for a rematch in New York!
Official unofficial London Coffee Festival after party
The end of the festival, once again, was the (un)official after party at Climpson’s Arch! Crowds of caffeinated people from the festival made it to the Arch and celebrated what was once again another amazing year of the London Coffee Festival. L.C@Climpson’sArch put on a spread of Portuguese delights whilst whipping up cocktails by the dozen and pints of Fourpure Brewing Co. were washed down and the high levels of caffeine in everyone’s veins slowly started retreat.