London Coffee Festival @ Spitalfields

I am very sorry for abandoning blogging for a long time. As the days passed and my blog unlogged, I felt extremely guilty but couldn’t summon enough willpower due to the sciatica attack I was suffering from since two weeks ago. The niggling pain was so uncomfortable and disturbed my life to no end. It stopped meĀ fromĀ sitting down or standing up, let alone blogging.
It has got much better now thanks to gentle exercise and physiotherapy I have been prescribed for the past few days. How nice not to have tingly numbness in my foot!

One pre-sciatica attack Sunday, Hubbie and I were hailing a cab on City Road. Our destination was London Coffee Festival in Spitalfields.
We alighted from the cab by the Tesco Metro on Commercial Street and walked towards Hanbury Street…

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We followed the sign and soon found ourselves being absorbed into a queue formed by the side of Old Truman Brewery.
Once inside the venue, we were awestruck by the heady mixture of coffee aroma & a large crowd…

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The festival seemed to be a huge success, reflecting thriving coffee cultures in London. Queues for sampling the concoctions of the exhibitors were forming everywhere…

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The air inside was humid due to all those hissing coffee machines amassed under one roof.
Weaving through the lively crowd, who most of them with a cup of hot coffee in their hands, was a daunting task but Hubbie chaperoned me and we managed to reach a concession occupied by UNION, hand-roasted coffee…

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UNION not only prides themselves on their exquisitely roasted coffee but also their sourcing principle. Their beans are produced by small-scale farmers who cultivate them in a sustainable manner…

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A cup of tasty flat white, lovingly made by UNION’s staff…

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The coffee had aromatic, rich and rounded body without being too overpowering. I must admit the brew was one of the best I tasted in months.
In spite of being insanely busy, Matthew the manager cracked a smile for me…

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Another exhibitor I was impressed with was Beanworks Coffee from Derby…

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Darren from Beanworks explained to us that they were a small independent company aiming to bring high quality coffee beans from all over the world. Their attitude towards their pride & joy was also reflected on a beautifully designed presentation…

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I loved their packaging which was executed in a modern and stylish manner…

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The venue was extremely vibrant not only because of overflowing caffeine but also great live music in the main chilling-out area…

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A band playing Latin-American tunes…

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An outright success of the festival was a clear reflection of London’s thriving coffee culture. The town had been teeming with independent coffee shops with seriously able baristas in recent years but it seemed that we the Londoners couldn’t get enough of this dark aromatic liquid…

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I do love tea because tea-drinking is deeply ingrained in daily life in Britain. However, coffee gives us such a kick which tea can never reciprocate.
Don’t you agree that a swig of good coffee is the elixir of life even if it is potent for a very short while?…

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