Wake Up and Smell the Coffee…
Here at Bulletproof, not only do we work on the packaging design for coffee brands, we’re also nearly 100% fueled by coffee ourselves, so when we heard about the London Coffee Festival, we knew we just had to check it out.
A small group of Bulletproofers headed over to The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch to attend the trade day of the festival and get hopped up on caffeine, all in the name of research. It was a Hipster’s dream with live music, art competitions, and stalls as far as the eye could see. Nestled between the established coffee brands were a whole raft of upcoming independent roasteries, all offering little tasters. And we tried them all!
Here are our top 5 highlights of the festival…
1. Food Pairings
One of the stand out experiences from the day was the coffee tasting lunch hosted by Grind. Here they showcased some unusual flavour combinations in the dishes, such as coffee butter sirloin steak with braised beans and red vein sorrel, paired with Rwanda Buliza coffee. Coffee, butter, and steak? Could you imagine a more perfect lunch after fifteen cups of coffee?
2. DIY Barista
When you gather together a group of people passionate about coffee, something stands out – and it’s not the number of beards in the room. It’s the dedication to the ritual of coffee. Grinding the beans, boiling the water (sometimes to different temperatures), and then all the different methods of brewing. There’s a surge in bean-to-cup barista machines, both for cafes and now for households too. Perfect for those wanting a quick pulled espresso in the morning.
3. Cold Brew
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s cold brew coffee, where you wait literally hours for the perfect cup, trying to get the best out of the beans and reduce any bitter notes. We don’t think the guys who like a spoonful of granules and some hot water will be jumping on the cold brew coffee bandwagon any time soon.
One trend that most of us are well familiar with by now is the non-dairy milk cappuccino and latte. Some of the ‘mylks’ used actually foam up pretty nicely with even Starbucks offering a range including almond, soy and coconut. And don’t be surprised to see oat milk and hemp milk making an appearance at your local Roastery.
5. Mixing it up
Nowadays it doesn’t just stop at your morning fix… you’ll find coffee on nearly any cocktail menu at your after-work drinks too. Something a little more niche on the other hand is Nitro coffee, which is poured from the tap like Guinness and is sure to keep you pepped all evening.
That’s not to mention the worrying sounding ‘Turbo G&T’, which is an unholy combination of gin, tonic and coffee.
We’ll stick to our Espresso Martinis, thank you very much!
Blog written by Phoebe.