From beautiful cups to delicious cold brews, from groundbreaking coffee machines to the latest in beauty, take a look to discover some of the best innovations you can expect to see at London Coffee Festival this year.
2018 was all about the launch of the beautiful Leva avant-la-lettre espresso machine for La Marzocco. Always looking to outdo themselves, this year guests can test drive the brand-new La Marzocco KB90. This beautiful new powerhouse features two key innovations: the group head with Straight-In portafilter and the Steam Flush self-cleaning system. Bellissimo! Check it out in action inside The True Artisan Café.
Union Hand-Roasted Coffee is launching an evolution of their cold brew: Sparkling Black. It’s a seriously refreshing sparkling coffee drink that helps to keep you naturally sharp. Made from single origin coffee from Guatemala, it’s steeped for 24 hours before blending and carbonation. The result? A sophisticated, stimulating and delicately fizzy soda with a hint of citrus, a complex finish and plenty of natural caffeine. Visit the Union stand to get a taste.
Tostabar K1 & K3
A giant leap forward in the micro-roastery world, Tostabar Genius K1 is the only machine able to realise a completely automatic and constant coffee roasting. Tostabar Genius K1 is electrically powered, needs only 3.5 kW and doesn’t use gas. It’s also equipped with an electronic control system, which allows the elimination of thermal inertia, automatically adjusting the amount of heat required to roast the coffee following your desired profile. Look out for the launch of the K3 model, as well.
German trailblazers Mahlkönig are bringing the newest member of the family to LCF, the Mahlkönig E65S. The E65S has a multifunctional rotary and push button, an innovative menu with symbols and six preset recipes. The advanced design is available in different colours, and is not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the ear: the grinder produces the softest sound ever.
For cafés, home users and on-the-go sippers, HuskeeCup is an innovative cup made from repurposed coffee husks. The Australian company are on a crusade to curb the 50 billion takeaway cups that pile up in landfill every year with their elegant and functional cup - one that can easily withstand the demands of a café environment. HuskeeCups are BPA-free, comfortable to hold, dishwasher safe and keep your precious morning cuppa just-boiled hot.
Minor Figures Nitro and Cold Brew Coffee
Purveyors of canned cool, Minor Figures, are bringing their specialty nitro brews to LCF. The London-based startup are on a mission to make cold brew more accessible while still upholding the quality of specialty coffee. All their beverages are dairy-free, and added sugar isn’t allowed to the party, either. Look out for their Nitro Cold Brew in Black, Latte and Mocha - they’ll be the ones in the eye-catching cans.
Faema Brew Bar
Bringing a slice of London’s vibrant café culture to LCF, Coffee Masters proud sponsors Faema will present delicious coffees from several European roasters at their Faema Brew Bar, helmed by internationally renowned baristas. Alongside the E71E, the Italian espresso machine whizzes will also unveil their new Teorema T° model - equipped with a new manual adjustable temperature control system - in bronze and wooden finish.
UpCircle Brand Relaunch
Having skyrocketed to success on Dragon’s Den, sustainable skin-care startup Optiat are rebranding as UpCircle, but still retain their commitment to making pioneering products that are regenerative by design. They’re launching their new look at LCF - come test out their range of circular skincare products, made from rescued coffee grounds and other planet-happy ingredients.
Loveramics Cupping Bowls
The most convenient heads for cupping come without a doubt from Loveramics. That’s because the company integrates a nifty feature into their products: the cup comes out of the package black, but as soon as you pour boiling water into it, it changes to white. As the temperature drops, the head turns to black again. The optimal time to begin cupping is when the head is light gray, as the coffee is at 70°C. In addition to the handy colouring feature, the heads also have the ideal cup size of 220 ml.
To make the best coffee, BRITA makes water filter systems for espresso machines. Their latest showpiece is the PROGUARD coffee system, which has been specially-developed for areas with more complex tap water. The PROGUARD not only protects the machine, but also optimises the water for better extraction by filtering it through a reverse osmosis membrane. The filtered water then receives a dosed amount of minerals when it’s syphoned back through an adjustable pre-filter and a mineralisation cartridge. It also allows you to adjust the mineralisation and hardness between 2 and 6 degrees carbonate hardness, so you can get the taste you want.
Family-owned health brand, Rude Health, are bringing their new hot bevs to the festival - but leaving the lactose behind. Saddle up to their stand to taste their new dairy-free Hot Chocolate drink, a first in food service, made to steam and serve. They’ll also be exhibiting their full range of delicious snack bars and serving an exclusive coffee blend from DT Roastery’s Dhan Tamang, who will also be at the stand.