Round up your fellow coffee fiends, throw together some hipster threads and pack an unquenchable thirst for exceptional brews. Bristol’s first speciality coffee festival is gearing up for a two-day caffeinated blow-out this September
With the flat white gone mainstream and locally roasted beans becoming the
benchmark, the South West’s interest in speciality coffee has reached fever pitch.
And to celebrate the region’s rock star coffee roasters, badass baristas and glorious
local grub, the good folk at The Coffee House Project are bringing together
the industry’s best at The Passenger Shed from September 7-8 for two days
of espresso pulling, competitions, live music and late night shenanigans.
You’ve got two days to try as many coffees, scoff as much street food and tick off as many of the following as possible. Good luck and remember: espresso responsibly.
1. Roast off
Reckon you’ve got the skills to roast speciality standard coffee? Compete against other home-hobbyists to perfectly bronze green beans into gorgeous nuggets of caffeinated goodness – then see where you rank on the cupping table. In collaboration with Tate Collective, money raised from the casual competition goes towards the Partnership for Gender Equality and Equal Origins.
2. Get stuck in
You’ll need to be speedy if you want to bag a spot at latte art champion Dhan Tamang’s milky masterclasses. More bartender than barista? Shake up an espresso at the Tia Maria workshops.
3. Swot up
Whether you’re an aspiring barista or part-time coffee follower, you’ll find something to get your brain buzzing in the busy timetable of informal talks. Featuring industry bods and speciality pioneers, topics range from gender equality and sustainability to coffee cocktails and barista basics.
4. Become BFF with your bean baker
Roasters from across the South West and South Wales will be exhibiting at the festival. Swing by Bristol faves such as Extract and Clifton, and Cornish stalwarts Origin to chat brewing gear, sample ‘spros and buy beans to brew at home.
5. Get in the spirit
Watch all of the cocktail action live from the Speciality Coffee Association’s ‘Coffee in Good Spirits’ competition.
Find more information about the event and tickets at
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Ever wondered what it's like to roast speciality coffee? We got the low-down from Ashlee Eastwood-Quinn, head of coffee at Bristol's Extract Coffee Roasters