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Edinburgh's first coffee festival certain to stimulate the senses

Caffeine lovers can get their buzz on at Edinburgh’s first ever coffee festival on Saturday 3 October.

Published: September 17, 2015
Picture: Edinburgh Coffee Festival

Picture: Edinburgh Coffee Festival

The one day event, to be held at Mansfield Traquair, will play host to demonstrations, live music and an extensive list of vendors, including Pinnies & Poppy Seeds, a small batch bakery based in Edinburgh, The Really Good Fudge Company and Edinburgh’s own coffee experts, Artisan Roast.

Welcoming novices and more experienced coffee lovers alike, guests at the festival will also have the opportunity to learn from the experts in a series of interactive workshops, tastings and demonstrations.

Festival organiser Martin Dare is excited about the event: "We look forward to welcoming 25 specially hand-picked suppliers to Mansfield Traquair in October. These roasters, brewers, baristas and coffee bar owners are enthusiastic and passionate about their products and so our visitors will gain a wealth of knowledge and insight in the world's coffee and tea industry as well as the industry closer to home in Scotland.

"Coffee roasting and tea farming is a rapidly growing market for Scotland and one which can enhance the country’s reputation for food and drink. The coffee and tea industry does not always come to mind when visitors think of Scotland and so the Edinburgh Coffee Festival will provide the perfect platform for these companies to promote their products to visitors and their local communities.

"Of course the festival isn't only about coffee. We will also welcome tea and chocolate merchants and other independent vendors, making for a fantastic all round day out for foodies."

The festival will also feature a stall from Mercy Corps, an emergency aid charity, who will share stories from coffee producers around the world.

Scotland Food & Drink are supporting the event and are excited for this addition to the Year of Food & Drink celebrations.

Fiona Richmond said: “Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to see the launch of Edinburgh’s very first coffee festival. A specialist coffee revolution is underway, with a rising number of Scottish companies taking up the craft, carefully sourcing and roasting beans and bringing the highest quality tasting experience to their customers. This festival will only add to this trend, and prove what an interesting and dynamic sector this is.”

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Emma lives in Fife, after graduating from the University of Sunderland in 2015, and works for The Scotsman. A self-confessed food addict, who is yet to turn down a drink, she loves exploring new restaurants – especially if they have good steak or BBQ on the menu. She likes to pretend she can bake – bookmarking hundreds of recipes - but has never really achieved anything other than a good chocolate orange cupcake.

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