Scotland’s coffee connoisseurs will soon be descending on The Briggait for their biggest caffeine kick of the year as the Glasgow Coffee Festival returns to the city this May.

Set to be another sell out year – all of the early-bird tickets are already gone – the Glasgow Coffee Festival is organised by Dear Green Coffee Roasters, with the two-day event showcasing Scotland’s burgeoning speciality coffee scene.

Taking place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May, and running from 10am to 6pm on both days, at The Briggait, Glasgow, tickets start at £16.50 and include
admission to the event, a goody bag, one hot drink and entry into the prize draw.

A Spokesperson for the event described it as ‘a feast for the senses’, they said: “visitors can expect taste sensations from artisan roasters, top class cafés and brilliant baristas, and they can pick up a trick or two at the masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations.

“Plus, there’ll be plenty to inspire their creative side, from latte art to a film premiere.”

The organisers behind the event say they are thrilled to announce the best palates
in the business will be battling it out at the festival in the United Kingdom Cup Tasters Championship organised by the Speciality Coffee Association – UK Chapter.

Contestants will taste their way through eight sets of triangle tests (three “cups” of coffee where two are the same and one differs) to spot the odd one out.

The competition gets increasingly harder as the coffees in each set get increasingly similar. For those looking to get in on the action themselves, there’ll be a Cupping
Lab where visitors can sniff, sip and scrutinise a variety of offerings from the world of coffee.

Following the overwhelmingly positive response to the event organiser’s decision to move away from disposable cups last year, the Glasgow Coffee Festival team say they will continue to ‘pioneer a culture change’ and ’embrace reuse where and whenever possible’.

Visitors will be asked to bring their own reusable cup to the event to help combat the 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste produced in the UK each year. Event sponsors KeepCup will also be on hand to loan reusable cups to anyone who needs to borrow one for the day.

And, just as in previous years, all profits from the festival will be donated to two great causes. This year the organisers have chosen World Coffee Research and Glasgow City Mission as their charities of choice.

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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