Are you searching for the finest coffee? Expert baristas? An excellent café in your local area?

UK Coffee Week, the nation’s largest  celebration of coffee, will take place up and down the country from  22nd – 28th April 2013.

UK Coffee Week is a nationwide programme raising vital funds for the charity Project-Waterfall , which develops clean drinking water projects for marginalised communities in coffee-producing countries of the world.

The London Coffee Festival (25th – 28th April 2013) part of UK Coffee Week is a great event to visit. Whether you’re a latte lover, cappuccino crazy, ice coffee cool, straight black Americano, or looking for that espresso hit. Maybe you are fond of Fairtrade coffee produce, a budding coffee roasting connoisseur, a gourmet coffee guru or just want to develop your coffee brewing skills, to create a great tasting coffee you can enjoy at home.

It will be filled with some of the finest baristas and best tasting coffee London has to offer;  a great opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about the growing UK coffee scene. Visit the True Artisan Café and the Roastery in the Soho festival zone (part of the event mentioned above), meet top baristas and learn about great blends. Enjoy scents of caramel, nut and chocolate filling the air during craft coffee live roasting demonstrations.

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When there is this type of event there will always be a lot of visitors, whether with pre-booked tickets or alternatively bought on the door. Being mainly sheltered the outside temperature won’t actually matter to anyone!

Between Soho and Shoreditch, the London Festival Lab zone “offers live interactive demonstrations, workshops, talks, theatre and debates” as mentioned on the website. Witness cutting-edge coffee art and science, experience the latest brewing techniques or relax with a fresh brew from quality coffee beans in the Make Decent Coffee Lounge.

You could head over to the Hyde Park zone and enjoy some great live music from the band stand which is all part of the festival. There is also the MUMAC Museum Milan to visit, with various coffee machines and over 14,000 archive documents telling the production, cultural and design history of coffee equipment.

Check out the UK Barista Championships at the festival show room. Other competitions to look out for at The London Coffee Festival are: The Brewers Cup, Cup Tasting Competition, Coffee in Good Spirits, Ibrik Competition, and the Latte Art Competition.

Coffee giants such as Costa as well as smaller independent cafés will all be taking part in this great event to help raise money for such a good cause.  To find out if a coffee shop near you is taking part, or to get involved yourself as a café owner and register your venue, visit for more information.

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