For me it’s all about the vibe, I guess I am lucky to call it work. It’s certainly an event I prioritise in my iCal as it gives me a chance to take some time out with my team, catch up on some industry trends and innovations as well as to network with other coffee houses and suppliers. There are rumours of product launches that are announced exclusively at the festival which always keeps you guessing. We are part of a fast moving industry and the UK indie market is really taking control of the direction of that growth.
The atmosphere is always exciting and you are guaranteed a great coffee! I am personally looking forward to the food pairing by GRIND as well as trying some of the coffee’s that Caravan Roastery have chosen as part of The Nines selection. The festival runs from Thursday through until Sunday with the primary focus being for trade on Thursday and Friday.
Craig Bunting is co-founder at BEAR, a speciality coffee, kitchen and bar in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England, with two more sites planned to open before Christmas. London Coffee Festival takes place from April 6-9, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.