Want to sample exciting new coffee beans, meet roasting royalty and watch hero baristas battle it out? Add these indie coffee festivals to your calendar
Glasgow Coffee Festival
7-8 May 2022
Glasgow Coffee Festival returns to The Briggait for more coffee thrills and spills. The two-day fest will see coffee lovers, industry bods, baristas, roasters and cafe owners getting stuck into tastings, talks, presentations and film screenings. Festival founder and Dear Green owner Lisa Lawson started the event as a platform to showcase the city’s flourishing coffee scene and to encourage coffee drinkers to swap the big chains for local indie coffee shops. In 2018, Glasgow Coffee Festival became the first in the world to ban disposable cups so, if you’re planning on attending, make sure you pack a reusable.
Tickets: £12 per session. Find out more here.
Sheffield Coffee Festival
28-29 May 2022
Sheffield’s city-wide speciality shindig takes place over two days and is spread across multiple venues. Plan your route to get stuck into brewing and latte-art workshops, bean-related discussions and sampling sessions. You’ll also have the opportunity to watch brewers battle it out in the Northern Filter Championships which take place during the festival.
Tickets: day £10 / weekend £19.50. Find out more here.
Manchester Coffee Festival
5 Block out this November weekend in the diary and head to Manchester Coffee Festival. The city’s coffee community congregates for this excellent annual celebration which brings together tastings, workshops, brewing masterclasses and competitions. In addition to taking part in activities from the packed programme, festivalgoers will be able to peruse coffee-related stalls and pick up speciality tea, artisan chocolate, freshly prepped food and loads more.
Tickets: available to purchase in summer. Find out more here.
Brighton Coffee Festival
Broaden your coffee knowledge and sample some incredible sips at Brighton Coffee Festival. It’ll be caffeine galore at One Church on Gloucester Place, which will see its multiple floors filled with independent coffee traders. The popular festival is a great opportunity to glean brewing tips from roasters, taste top-notch beans, chew the fat with other coffee fans and listen to talks. There’ll also be an outdoor food court offering a delicious array of street food.
Tickets: from £7.50. Find out more here.