London Coffee Festival Starts Today 12 April 2018: 3 Highlights

Doors to Europe’s biggest coffee festival open TODAY, and it’s set to be epic. Sessions are now almost sold out and we can’t wait to get our coffee geek on. Here are our 3 faves:

Coffee Masters

Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters will see 24 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines. With a prize of £5000 on the bar, and the prestigious title of Coffee Master, the stakes are high.

Espresso Martini Party

The Party 
Each year we kick off with a celebration, in the form of the Espresso Martini Launch Party. From coffee cocktails by Baileys, to live DJ sets and dancing, it’s always a highlight. Following on from last year’s hit set by Norman Jay, we’ve got emerging international star, one-man-band Youngr, taking to the stage.

Get your ticket for Friday evening to ensure your launch party invite. Can’t make it? Don’t worry; the bar will be open all festival long.

The Booze 
The Baileys Espresso Martini Bar is returning, along with a twist: the Flat White Martini. Stop by to try this luxurious reworking of the classic espresso martini at the Espresso Martini Party on Friday night, or at any point in the weekend.  Mixing it up this year are Sandows Cold Brew, who’ll be joining the party with their espresso martini made with Ketel One Vodka and Mr Black.

School of Chocolate

The Tasting Adventure  
An interactive chocolate tasting experience curated especially for chocolate lovers, where you’ll taste approximately 13 chocolates. Hosted by a Hotel Chocolat expert chocolatier, you’ll get the insider lowdown on the world of chocolate and different variations of cocoa. Discover the best way to experience chocolate, how to taste it, and what to look out for.

Coffee and Chocolate Pairing  
It’s an established truth among master coffee blenders that a adding little chocolate always helps. Learn how to pair Hotel Chocolat’s own-blend coffee (a balance of Brazilian Yellow Bourbon, Ethiopian Sidamo, Colombian Excelso and Sumatran Mandheling – all separately roasted top-quality Arabica beans), with chocolates specifically selected to compliment.

Rare and Vintage Masterclass 
Good chocolate reflects the flavours of the region where the cocoa beans are grown, and how they are dried and fermented. In this class, taste chocolate from six distinct cocoa-growing regions: Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Vietnam and Saint Lucia, where Hotel Chocolat have their own plantation. It’s a show-stopping showcase of the vast breadth of flavours of high-quality cocoa, treated with care.

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