Coffee lovers can kick off October in style with a toast to everyone’s favourite go-to wake-up call at The Edinburgh Coffee Festival. On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, the historic venue of Summerhall will host the ultimate caffeine-infused extravaganza. From dynamite demonstrations to riveting talks, live music, terrific food, and the Roundsquare Sanremo Show Room, expect to be bouncing off the walls.
This year’s demonstration room brings coffee lovers exclusive insight into all things joe-related, with an impressive list of demos in store. Ali McFarlane is set to start the day with a discussion of his Mr. Eion bespoke beans and a presentation of how he makes such great espresso-based beverages. An encore session will also take place. Swedish roaster Johan & Nystrom’s Eskil Ingvarsson will conjure up dream-like latte art using a new milk alternative. Once again, the magic behind Union Hand Roasted Coffee plan to talk about their beans, what makes them tick, and how to get that perfect cup by using high-tech settings on a machine. Additionally, participants can taste the day away with brews from the best coffee beans and learn some new tricks of the trade from the industry’s top professionals.
Coffee connoisseurs can expect a jam-packed day sipping a substantial amount of coffee from the 30 hand-picked suppliers. To top it off, a series of talks will tempt the tastebuds and inevitably answer any coffee questions. Join Ian Steel from J. Atkinson & Co. as he addresses what it feels like to be a small coffee roaster in a big coffee world. So they will not feel left out, those with more of a penchant for tea can rejoice over the talk from Jon Cooper of PekoeTea, as he tackles some popular tea-related myths. Most importantly, Community and Engagement Officer for Mercy Corps Victoria Telford will explain how the farmers responsible for this widely celebrated drink can receive much-needed support.
If the perfectly pungent aromas of artisanal coffee beans are not enough to stimulate the senses, then perhaps the live music from local indie bands will satisfy. Plenty of top-notch food and drink will also be on hand. The coffee, however, will undoubtedly, be the star of the show.
📅 Saturday, 1st October
Tickets: £8.50 – £10