28-31 March 2019 |Old Truman Brewery,Brick Lane.
  • The Tasting Room

coffee. chocolate. wine. whiskey. beer.


From tea to cold brew, The Tasting Room is a place to discover flavour at its best.  
Coffee, chocolate, wine, whisky and beer; these are the key ingredients of The Tasting Room, an aptly named area dedicated to an exciting programme of tasting workshops. Launching in the Tasting Room this year is the Union Hand-Roasted Sensory Discovery: Taste masterclass. See below for the 2018 highlights...


Sensory Discovery: Taste, by Union Hand-Roasted 
Explore and challenge your perception of taste in this brand-new Tasting Room experience. Learn about the five basic tastes, how to identify them and how this can help your awareness of taste when it comes to coffee. Based on SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) sensory training, this is a dynamic and insightful expert led session to help you appreciate more when tasting food & drink. For a head start on this experience, stop by the Union Hand-Roasted stand first to try out their famous Flavour Challenge. 

The Chemistry of Coffee, by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Running every day of the London Coffee Festival, this coffee chemistry workshop is a cupping and tasting session focussing on the importance of water in coffee, water chemistry and the frozen grind.  Brought to the stage by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, a highly respected innovator in the UK specialty coffee industry, known for being a champion barista, author, café owner and roaster.

Coffee and Chocolate Pairing, by Rio Nuevo Chocolate and Origin Coffee
Antonio McFarlane, Origin’s resident chocolate sensory expert is teaming up with Rio Nuevo to co-deliver a new concept in the Tasting Room. Explore the parallels of coffee and chocolate, and embark on a journey through the flavour characteristics of both, discovering the contrasts that compliment each other, creating balance through difference, and get tasting.
Train with London School of Coffee
They are known as some of the best educators in the industry, catering to every level from the home enthusiast to the coffee professional. Enjoy one of two taster sessions during the festival. For trade, the London School of Coffee will be delivering The Specialty Coffee Barista session, and on the weekend, they’ll be running their beginner-focussed Home Coffee Skills workshop.

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