They say money makes the world go round, but there is a good argument to be made that it is in fact coffee that does, or at least it does in our case. Good quality coffee has become a must for the masses. As anyone who lives in London will testify, it is awash with coffee shops. It is almost impossible to walk down a street in London without walking past a Pret, Café Nero, Starbucks or Costa which offer coffee of a consistent quality (that doesn’t mean it is any good). The real gems are often the independents; from the coffee kart by the tube station to the funky one off’s like the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs on Leather Lane, with its edgy bare brick walls and obvious love for a great coffee. To the down right bonkers, but lovely Bertie and Boo in Balham where you can enjoy a coffee and a cup cake on a deck chair and watch the world go by. Of course no self respecting article about coffee shop would be complete without a mention of Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market, which is now more of an institution now than a coffee shop.
So the London Coffee festival is back for a 2nd year and launches today (Friday 27th April) at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane with the promise of Espresso Martini’s and music. The rest of the weekend promises coffee and food samples galore, plus home brewing and roasting demonstrations. More live entertainment and Artisan & Street food market. So if coffee means more to you than simply keeping you going during the week, then get yourself to the London Coffee Festival. You might find a new favourite blend and throw that Nespresso machine in the bin.