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Scottish Coffee Festival

Scottish Coffee Festival

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Scottish Coffee Festival. Saturday November 29, 11am-6pm.

Drygate Brewery, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT. Map »

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Tickets £8 (+ booking fee) direct
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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 Scottish Coffee Festival – featured below – is taking place at Drygate on Saturday November 29; a week later, the Glasgow Coffee Festival is going to be held at the Briggait – click here to find out more about that event.

When a coffee festival sets up camp in a bar for the day, it’s only naturally that coffee beer will be on the menu.

And so it’ll be when the Scottish Coffee Festival comes to Drygate at the end of November.

Drygate’s beer experts have been working with the master roasters at Gordon Street Coffee to brew up something very special.

I’ll look forward to sampling that – the last time I bought an espresso beer it certainly had a kick. And if that isn’t to your taste, we’re being promised a range of coffee-inspired cocktails.

The guys from Gordon Street are going to be among the exhibitors at the festival, which is also set to feature demos from baristas, samples and tastings, as well as live music and entertainment.

Chris Brown, one of those who’s organising the event, told me: “It’s for everybody – whether you know absolutely nothing or everything about coffee we want you to come along and enjoy yourself. We want to create a really fun atmosphere We’ve tried to put something together that people will love.”

Chris worked on a coffee plantation in Cuba during a charity trek, then visited the London Coffee Festival, which inspired him to put on an event north of the border. “We have wine, beer and chocolate festivals in Scotland, but nothing for coffee, so I thought, let’s give this a go,” he said.

Other exhibitors announced so far are Cardross-based coffee roasters Home Ground Coffee, experts from UCC Coffee, and – for those who fancy a different drink – Tempo Tea Bar.

I’m looking forward to heading done to sample what these guys have put together. And I don’t just mean the beer.

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