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London Coffee Festival

The 2013 London Coffee Festival was the most attended yet having sold out with 11,170 attendees.

The main entrance which can only be described as “sauna like”, where attendees deviated off the Brick Lane’s culinary delights to enter into a world dominated by ‘Black Gold.’

Independent coffee shops alongside select roasters were the main go to stands, leaving Starbucks and Costa stands looking less attractive to the general public based on the popularity of their stands.

This year the show seemed to have gathered pace from last year hosting people from a wide range of jobs in the coffee industry from exporters in Indonesia to Baristas.

One of the main topics that the festival was focused around was quality and how direct trade will ensure that quality remains in volatile markets. This has positively resulted in consumers becoming increasingly aware of the depth of the coffee trade which is helping the industry progress.