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Glasgow Coffee Festival

Glasgow Coffee Festival

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Glasgow Coffee Festival. Saturday December 6, 10am-7pm.

1873 Courtyard, The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ. Map »

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Tickets £9 (+ booking fee) via EventBrite

Coffee festivals, it would appear, have more in common with buses than you’d think. No, not the smell. Where Glasgow’s concerned, two are coming along at once. The Glasgow Coffee Festival – featured below – is taking place at the Briggait on Saturday December 6; a week earlier, the Scottish Coffee Festival is going to be held at Drygate – click here to find out more about that event.

Ever wondered what makes the very best barista?

Scotland’s leaders in the field will be showing off their skills at the Glasgow Coffee Festival on December 6, as they compete in the Scottish heat of the UK Barista Championship.

They’ll be joined by some of Glasgow’s best-known names in coffee at the event, which is being put together by Dear Green Coffee Roasters.

The exhibitors reads like a who’s who of coffee in Glasgow – cafes including Artisan Roast, Avenue G, Glad Cafe, Papercup and Riverhill will be showing off their skills. Fun in a Cup – barista trainers extraordinaire – will also be set up at the event.

The all-important coffee itself is going to be provided by the #GI Coffee group – for those of you who don’t spend quite as much time trekking between coffee shops as I do, this saw some of Glasgow’s best independent coffee shops band together to offer the world’s best “disloyalty” card. Alongside the names above, McCune Smith, Siempre Cafe, Laboratorio Espresso and Veldt Deli will be brewing up a storm.

If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at cupping – that’s the art of identifying the tastes and aromas in coffee – you’ll have a chance to give that a whirl. There’ll also be masterclasses on latte art and brewing.

On the artier side of things, the festival will include the Scottish premiere of A Film About Coffee, which makes the journey from bean to cup, starting on farms in Honduras and Rwanda. The event will also feature an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Wil Freeborn.

Phew! That should be plenty to keep us going. Oh, your ticket gets you a free coffee (naturally) as well as a chance to win some top-notch coffee equipment, a year’s supply of coffee and a barista training session. Maybe next year you could be taking part in the championships yourself.

  • All profits from the festival are going to be split between two great causes – Coffee Kids and Social Bite.

Comments: 1 (Add)

Brian's Coffee Spot on November 29 2014 at 22:07

I would love to go, but sadly I can't make it! Hope you have a great time.


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