As you all probably know, although we are awesome at providing the public with an online space to buy high quality, low cost and a wide variety of teas and coffees (while being exceptionally humble about it) we also stock cafes, hotels and shops with our products, with this we took a trip to the London Coffee Festival.

London Coffee Festival

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So, with the rise in artisan coffee bars and trendy tea shops popping up all over the place, Sharon our production manager and Alicia our Tea Sommelier attended the London Coffee Festival 2016 to see what this new and vast world of coffee had to offer us.

What we did at the London Coffee Festival

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Over a period of four days, the London Coffee Festival was held at the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, a maze of endless coffee producers, tea companies and cake stalls (a pairing made in heaven!), even coffee flavoured Ice Cream and a coffee flavour lip balm stall! We were very impressed, one may actually suggest that we were overwhelmed- this is not an event for the caffeine sensitive!

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Upon arrival, we were handed a latte by UCC and swiftly moved towards the maddening crowds. We were offered espressos from every direction, new ways to roast coffee- double roasts, light roasts, slow roasts- you name it, we drank it and we didn't pass the opportunity for some free Turkish delight samples or some almond croissant samples either- all in the name of work, we had to line our stomachs, right?

We soon arrived at the tea section, this is the part we had most anticipated, we were excited for new flavours, ideas, suppliers.  Sadly, there wasn't as many independent tea companies as I would have liked or as much loose leaf tea but lots of new and exciting ideas for blends and flavours.

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I can assure you that the new big thing is Matcha Tea, every company was selling it in one way or another; milkshakes, hot tea, cold tea, mixed with tea, tea bag and loose tea!

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In terms of coffee, we sampled some cold brews, a 'new' way of roasting coffee from the Aussie's and some rather interesting coffee adaptations of cocktails.... which were all in the name of work, we promise.

We also spoke to some smaller coffee roasters and are looking forward to see how they grow and what kind of interesting things they come up with in terms of brewing and roasting coffee.

On a whole, the event was very enjoyable and definitely worth the trip, for any coffee lover. Just one tip: go easy on the coffee... although it is very tempting to try something at every stall, the caffeine crash at 4pm just wasn't worth it even though the coffee ice cream did its best to pick us up!

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