We caught up with Scottish Coffee Festival organiser Christian Brown to get the run-down
What is the Scottish Coffee Festival? in a nutshell
A family-friendly, chilled out event in Leith's Biscuit Factory where you can enjoy a range of coffee-related demonstrations and goodies from a variety of roasters as well as tea, hot chocolate, baked items, ice-cream and live music.
Where, when & how much?
- The Biscuit Factory - 4-6 Anderson Place, Leith, EH6 5NP
- 11am-6pm - Saturday 29 August 2015
- Tickets £8
Christian explained that the event promises something for everyone from experienced baristas through to people who like coffee and are looking for a nice day out. He specifically searched for a venue that sets a relaxed but upbeat tone. He wants people to hang out, or come and go throughout the day, just like they would their favourite coffee shop.
With Leith's coffee and restaurant scene becoming more and more vibrant, and the festival feeling across the city, Christian settled on the old Crawford's Biscuit Factory, that has more recently been turned into an arts and fashion hub, as the perfect venue.
He's also keen that the festival forms a platform to support Scotland's coffee industry. So companies can raise their profile and like-minded baristas, roasters and enthusiasts can mingle and share ideas.
What will you see?
Coffee companies feature heavily, as you'd expect, and they'll be showing off their wares, talking about how they roast, providing tastings and giving demonstrations of brew methods and latte art including:
- Glasgow's Gordon Street Coffee
- Ayr's Roundsquare Roastery
- Lanarkshire's Ovenbird Coffee
- Berwick upon Tweed's Luckie Beans
- Venetian influenced VQuality
- Huddersfield's Coopers Coffee
- East Kilbride's Roast Den
- Mancini's Italian ice-cream
- Edinburgh's Brotique
- Hidden Stag Design
- Tempo Tea Bar
- Daniel's Swiss Bakery
- Live music
- Other things we're sure!
Christian was inspired by the love of coffee he gained while living in Florida. He then went to Cuba where his interest was consolidated after visiting coffee mills and meeting the passionate people behind the beans. When he returned to Scotland he felt there was a gap in Scotland's coffee scene. After talking to cafe and roaster owners, he decided to launch Scotland's first ever coffee festival last year in Glasgow. He's looking to make it a more enjoyable experience every year.
Is there more than one coffee festival?
Yes, which is great for us!
This Saturday 29 August is run by the Scottish Coffee Festival and will be held in Edinburgh for the first time, following a successful inaugural event last year in Glasgow. The Scottish Coffee Festival will also hold an event in Glasgow on 28 and 29 November this year.
Separately, we can also look forward to the Edinburgh Coffee Festival, which will take place on 3 October 2015 and is a completely separate event - more here.
So we can get a double shot of coffee love in Edinburgh. What's not to love about that!