At the weekend I checked out the Birmingham Coffee Festival 2018 – not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon! The event took place in one of my favourite parts of the city – Digbeth – which is basically the hub of Birmingham’s creative scene and, with a blog name like mine, you can imagine how excited I was to attend!
The festival brought together forty independent coffee specialists from across the UK, complete with exposed lightbulbs; bearded, tattooed baristas; obnoxiously loud milk frothing machines (not a complaint, just an observation) and Instagram-ready latte art. It was everything I didn’t realise I needed.
But there wasn’t just coffee from all over the country.
The room was filled with the sound of live music throughout the afternoon, with performances from various talented, emerging artists. It was such a luxury to be able to drink as much coffee as we wanted (that’s right – unlimited samples my friends!) whilst listening to artists perform their own incredible, as-of-yet-undiscovered music.
As you can imagine, drinking up to forty coffee samples isn’t great on an empty stomach (unfortunately I didn’t manage that many but if you were there and tried coffee at every stall, my respect for you is sky high). Thankfully, there were plenty of local businesses offering absolutely irresistible sweet treats, from brownies to donuts and everything in between.
There were communal benches across the centre of the room which were adorned with coffee shop promo flyers, board games and a group of chatting strangers who reflected the fact that the Birmingham Coffee Festival managed to form a cosy, relaxed (despite the volume of caffeine available) and welcoming coffee loving community. The atmosphere was warm and friendly throughout, with definite overtones of caffeine infused excitement!
I’m so glad I found out about the festival and it was definitely what I needed that afternoon after getting up at 6AM to catch a train!
Thank you to Birmingham Coffee Festival for organising such a lovely event.
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photos: my own