The month of August in the Brighton calendar is filled with festival activity, endless days on the beach and celebrations galore. From the fun of Brighton Pride to the beaches packed with those tanning in the summer sun, to the tourist attractions buzzing with visitors looking to soak up the spirit of Brighton; the city is alive. However, 2019 will see the inclusion of another stimulating event in the diary as the first Brighton Coffee Festival takes place at The Open Market on Sunday 11th August.
The one-day event will bring together the very best roasters, speciality coffee shops, artisan food spots, machine manufacturers and industry leaders, along with DJ’s, competitions and much, much more for this coffee extravaganza.
How To Get Involved
The very first Brighton Coffee Festival is taking place this summer at Brighton’s Open Market on London Road, with three sessions taking place throughout the day, which runs from 10.30am-4.30pm.
You can buy tickets now from www.brightoncoffeefest.com with the option to choose your selected sessions or opt for the All Day pass if you feel two hours of coffee drinking just will not suffice.
What To Watch
Sussex is one of the most fruitful locations when it comes to high-end coffee roasters in the UK and luckily for us, many of them will be appearing at BCF 2019. From local giants Small Batch Coffee Roasters to the Hove-based speciality roasters (who open one day a week as a coffee shop) Pharmacie Coffee Roasters, to Henfield’s very own Craft House Coffee, the list is long and extremely exciting.
On the day you’ll be able to try coffees from all of these magnificent roasters and plenty more, as well as having the chance to chat to the team behind these amazing coffees and even buy a bag to take home.
You’ve seen the company names for years, but now it’s time to take a look behind the curtain and hear from those making Brighton’s coffee scene truly great.
Already announced to participate at BCF are Pharmacie’s Tash Murphy, as she discusses equality in hospitality, Sussex University’s Dr Jonathan Newsome, who’ll be delving into the details of the coffee industry and its long-term sustainability, and Laura Lumsden from Small Batch Coffee Roasters, who’ll be explaining how best to go from working as a barista to owning your own coffee shop.
With plenty of other informative talks still to be announced, keep your eyes peeled for the chance to sign up and ensure your place these limited-ticket talks.
Out of Towners
As well as the very best from Brighton and Sussex, there’ll be plenty of exhibitors from outside of the county walls looking to make an impression on Brighton’s renowned coffee scene.
These include the world famous Victoria Arduino, who are one of the planet’s finest manufacturers of coffee machines, while Origin Coffee Roasters will also be in attendance showing off their fantastic selection of responsibly sourced coffee. The middle of August will certainly require refreshing drinks and Lost Coast Food Co. will also be on hand to provide some of the best iced tea around.
Latte Art Championship
Taking place throughout the day on the BCF Main Stage, a champion will be crowned as Brighton’s best baristas battle it out in the Latte Art Champions Throwdown.
We’ve seen some incredible throwdowns taking place in the city already this year and with such a high level of expertise on show, this is bound to be a fascinating watch. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for who can hold their nerve throughout.
Whether or not coffee is your cup of… java(?) there’s plenty to keep everyone happy at this celebration of everything coffee and Brighton. With a DJ spinning tunes throughout the day there’ll be vibes galore, while the wide-ranging selection of artisan food traders will give everyone the option of dipping their toe in the world of high-end speciality food and drink.
Local tea specialists Bird & Blend will also be on hand showcasing their excellent selection of loose leaf teas so, if coffee doesn’t get your buzz going, there’s still plenty to be experienced throughout the day.
For more information or to book your tickets to the 2019 Brighton Coffee Festival today, just head to www.brightoncoffeefest.com