Everything you need to know about the Edinburgh Coffee Festival

This Saturday will see Mansfield Traquair host the first ever Edinburgh Coffee Festival, here is everything you need to know about the festival

Published 30th Sep 2015
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

What is the Edinburgh Coffee Festival?

Edinburgh’s first ever Coffee Festival, which features a range of coffees, teas, tasty treats, talks, experiments, workshops and demonstrations.

The Festival, on Saturday the 3rd of October, will celebrate Scotland’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene, and promises to be a must-see occasion for coffee enthusiasts from across the country.

With 30 exhibitors, including handpicked artisan coffee roasters, speciality tea stalls, cafés and coffee equipment suppliers, visitors will not only get the chance to experience all the products on offer, but also to learn from experts in interactive workshops, tastings and demonstrations.

Where and when will the Edinburgh Coffee Festival be held?

The Edinburgh Coffee Festival will be held on Saturday the 3rd October, in Mansfield Traquair (15 Mansfield Place, EH3 6BB) located at the bottom of Broughton St and on the corner of East London Street.

Mansfield Traquair. Picture: Contributed

Mansfield Traquair. Picture: Contributed

When does it start and finish?

The festival opens at 10am and closes at 6pm.

Where can I buy tickets and how much are they?

Tickets can be bought on the Edinburgh Coffee Festival Website under the “Buy Tickets” heading or there will be tickets available at the door on the day of the event.

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Ticket prices are £10. Student tickets can be purchased for £8 online or at the door with a valid Student ID card.

All advanced ticket holders should bring their e-tickets, sent to them by Eventbrite, to the event.

There will not be the option to pay for tickets by card, payment will be by cash only.

Do children go free?
Children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I get there?

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By Tram: The Edinburgh Tram terminates on York Place which is at the top of Broughton Street and only a short 5 minute walk to Mansfield Traquair

By Train: Disembark at Waverley Station and Mansfield Traquair is only a 10 minute walk. Leave the station towards Waverley Steps, continue onto Waterloo Place, turn left onto Leith Street and at the roundabout take the first exit onto Broughton Street. Remain right on Broughton Street until you arrive at 15 Mansfield Place. Trains are regular to Edinburgh Waverly Station and you can check times by visiting the Trainline website or by calling 08457 484950.

By Bus: Bus route numbers 8, 23, 27 stop right outside Mansfield Traquair.

By Car: Parking is limited to on street parking, around the venue. Please find more information on available parking here

10 things to look out for at the Edinburgh Coffee Festival

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• 30 exhibitors, including handpicked artisan coffee roasters, specialty tea stalls, cafes and coffee equipment suppliers.

• Pickering's Gin will be selling their Indian Cold Brew Cocktail, working in collaboration with Mr Eion, an Edinburgh based coffee roaster and exhibitor at the festival. Mr Eion will also be roasting a unique coffee blend especially for the day!

Picture: Mr Eion

Picture: Mr Eion

• Who’s behind your cup of coffee? Join Mercy Corps, Edinburgh’s International Charity, when one of their Senior Programme Officers will describe the lives of small holder farmers benefitting from Mercy Corps projects as they build better business and healthier lives in places such as Guatemala and Colombia. Bring your coffee and join the conversation!

• Ever fancied mastering the art of the AeroPress? Join one of Scotland’s AeroPress Championship finalists for a masterclass, and find out what his award winning recipe is.

• If you love trying new coffees and spending time with other coffee geeks then attend Artisan Roasts open cupping session! The session will involve a selection of coffees from 10 different farms. An open panel discussion will follow. One not to miss!

Picture: Artisan Roast

Picture: Artisan Roast

• The Lever Barista Championship Final! Watch our two finalists battle it out to find out who will become the first ever Edinburgh Coffee Festival Lever Barista Champion. Our two finalists are Robi Lambie owner of Cairngorm Coffee, and Daniel Todd from Brodies of Linlithgow.

• One of Edinburgh’s speciality coffee houses Brew Lab will be teaching visitors how to pour the perfect espresso shot at their state-of-the-art Training Lab. Brew Lab will be bringing their Slayer Espresso Machine to the Edinburgh Coffee Festival and offering hands-on demonstrations, as well as serving cold brew from their popup cold brew bar. Brew Lab will also be joined by 12 Triangles who will be serving their outstanding doughnuts and brownies. Cannot wait – 12 triangles peanut butter and cream cheese filled doughnut is to die for!

Picture: Brew Lab

Picture: Brew Lab

• Roast Central from Falkirk will be conducting and experiment to try and discover if it is possible to influence the taste of coffee with different music. Visitors will be given the choice of two coffees with different flavour profiles and will be asked to choose between different tracks to listen to, while sampling the coffee. Could it be possible for the choice of music played in coffee shops to have an effect on how visitors perceive the taste and flavour of their coffee? Come along and find out!

• Need a sweet fix? The Chocolate Tree will have their bean to bar range with them, and The Really Good Fudge Company will be whipping up a gourmet tablet storm. While Pinnies & Poppy Seeds, a small batch bakery based in Edinburgh will have their speciality shortbread, their Ballentyne Toffee is to die for!

• A trio of DJ’s from Edinburgh will be playing music for us all day long. DJ Calum Russell who runs a club night at The Mash House will bring a mix or Funk, Soul, Rhythm and Blues to the festival. Ikaraki a member of the Edinburgh based DJ group the Frequent Flyers will transport you into a world of weird and wonderful sounds. But, kicking off our day will be James Campbell, who give us a wide selection of music encompassing South American pop, African rhythms, funk, jazz and electronic oddities from across the globe!

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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