The London Coffee Festival is a highlight in the Rochstar calendar and after a great event in 2012 our expectations were even higher this year.
We were slightly miffed to find ourselves at the back of one of the longest queues we have ever seen (considering the British love of queuing this is no mean feat), luckily it didn’t move too slowly and we got into the Old Truman Brewery within 30 minutes. We still feel this is something that needs to be sorted out for 2014 though.
On arrival we immediately saw some differences from last year’s event. For one coffee giant Starbucks was back, bigger and bolder than before and in direct competition with Costa’s photobooth idea. It also definitely felt like there were less stands this year than last. However, we immediately dived into the throng of tea, coffee and snack stands to see what was on offer this year, here are some of the highlights:
- Discovering the Saigon coffee company which has just launched in the UK, reminding Rochstar Emma of the amazing coffee culture in Vietnam
- Tasting the new coconut and papaya flavour from our favourite New Zealand yoghurt company The Collective Dairy
- Saying hi to our old friends Lavazza at their A Modo Mio stand
- Sampling the new apple and peach flavour MOMA! Breakfast pot and having a great chat with their guys on the stand
- Sipping Tea Pigs Matcha Green Tea mixed with apple juice – absolutely delicious and a wonderful, healthy green colour!
- Grasshopper instant meals – changed our opinion of ‘just add water’ meals, utterly scrummy and good for you!
After a few hours of wandering, eating and tasting we were ushered out by some harassed looking security guards. While not as busy as last year and with some notable companies absent, it was still a great event and we look forward to next year (minus the queues)!