The Glasgow Coffee Festival is back! Now in its fifth year, the festival will again bring together some of the roasters in the UK for two days of coffee tastings, lectures, and one of the most exciting coffee competitions to spectate.
Taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th at The Briggait, The Glasgow Coffee Festival is the brainchild of Dear Green Coffee Roasters’ Lisa Lawson. For those who have attended the festival in the past, this year’s GCF will have a similar look and feel to previous years; why fix what isn’t broke, especially when what isn’t broken has a tendency to reach capacity? Along with the aforementioned Dear Green Coffee, attendees can taste coffee from roasters like HasBean, Allpress Espresso, Origin Coffee Roasters, Climpson & Sons, and so many more. This year’s festival also touts a total of 24 presentations taking place over the course of the weekend that is attendees can sit in on at no additional fee.
But perhaps the most exciting viewing spectacle at the Glasgow Coffee Festival will be First Heat of the UK Cup Tasters Championship. Folks will be able to watch as coffee professionals try to find the mismatched cup using only their taste buds, with the scoring coming in real time with all always-exciting dot-or-no-dot reveals. And for those looking to get in on the fun, there will be a “Cupping Lab where visitors can sniff, sip and scrutinize a variety of offerings from the world of coffee.”
Like with previous years, the Glasgow Coffee Festival has turned an eye toward the eco-conscious. Continuing the momentum from last year’s event, the GCF will be disposable cup free, instead requesting that all attendees bring their own reusable mug. And for those who forget or don’t have a mug at home, sponsor KeepCup will be on site to offer loaner cups for the day.
Tickets for the 2019 Glasgow Coffee Festival are currently on sale for £16.50 and £25.00 for single-day and weekend passes, respectively. They are available for purchase via the GCF Eventbrite page, with all profits going to World Coffee Research and Glasgow City Mission. Like with previous iterations, this year’s event is sure to sell out, so you’d be wise to buy tickets sooner rather than later. For more information, visit the Glasgow Coffee Festival’s official website.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.
Top image via the Glasgow Coffee Festival