Inaugural event proves big draw

Festival offers a tasty flavour for coffee fans

Martin DareCoffee lovers were out in force at an inaugural event for cafe owners and roasters. More than 1,700 visitors flocked to the Edinburgh Coffee Festival at Mansfield Traquair.

Organiser Martin Dare (above) said this was double the number anticipated and because some potential exhibitors had been turned away he may run a two-day event next year.

The Festival was designed to provide a platform for independents and followed a similarly successful event in Glasgow last year.

“We are bursting at the seams. It’s been fantastic,” said Martin, managing director of Ingliston-based Project R Events.

Cobolt and Roast CentralThirty cafe owners, roasters and specialist food retailers crammed into the historic hall.

“We looked at a lot of venues and this seems to have been a very popular choice,” said Martin. “We will assess feedback from the stallholders and see what we should do next time.”

He said there was a growing interest in speciality coffee generally and Edinburgh is one of the fastest growing “coffee cities” in the UK, so much so that some afionados are now doing coffee tours. An app giving a guide to coffee outlets has been developed by the Edinburgh coffee blogger Pru Whitwell.

“There must be around 40 independents,” said Martin. “I’m aiming to get around them all. It’s a bit like bagging munros.”

Among those exhibiting was Summerhall-based Pickering’s Gin, which is promoting a new fashion for gin and coffee cocktails.

Pickerings ginWorking with Stockbridge-based roaster Mr Eion, the distiller has launched a Monsoon High Ball cocktail comprising India gin, cold brew coffee and ice cream soda.

The day featured talks and demonstrations and the first Festival Barista Championship Final featuring Robi Lambie owner of Cairngorm Coffee, and Daniel Todd from Brodies of Linlithgow.

Photos: Edinburgh Coffee Festival (by Terry Murden)

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