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EssentialReview: Bath Coffee Festival FESTIVAL SUCCESS

The Bath Coffee Festival will

return next year

The UK's first coffee festival, which took place in Bath on May 15-16, has been hailed as a runaway success that exceeded all the expectations of the organisers, exhibitors and sponsors

Cooking with coffee featured in the demonstrations by Michelin starred celebrity chef Martin Blunos

An abundance of coffee sourced from at least 13 countries around the world was enjoyed by the 7,350 visitors who attended the Bath Coffee Festival, and the organisers have already confirmed the event will return next year - May 21-22. Coffee fans enjoyed tastings, latte art demonstrations and workshops from some of the UK's most experienced baristas and coffee experts, including celebrity chef Martin Blunos and Mike Riley, head coffee buyer at Taylors of Harrogate. Said festival organiser Linda Donaldson: "We knew that a

coffee festival would be popular in Bath and are delighted that so many people came to enjoy the event and to support us. It was great to see our demonstration tent packed out over the whole weekend and people having great conversations with both big coffee brands and local independent companies. Clearly there is an appetite for coffee fans to find out more about what is arguably the nation's most popular drink.

"The support of the industry was absolutely crucial in putting the festival on and the suppliers that attended should be commended for their enthusiasm at the event. We have had very good feedback from exhibitors and sponsors with a significant number re-booking for next year. Other countries have very large and successful coffee festivals and we are looking forward to making the event an annual one and to grow it as they have done in countries such as Australia and New Zealand." The Bath Coffee Festival featured big name coffee companies

including Taylors of Harrogate, Martin Carwardine & Co, illy caffé, Whittard of Chelsea, Lavazza, plus an array of local producers. SSP owned coffee retailers Caffè Ritazza and Pumpkin were among those who took part in the event. Heather Cooper, head of marketing development at SSP UK, said: "The Bath Coffee Festival was a huge success. It was an opportunity to share our

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passion for coffee in a relaxed environment with everyone from coffee enthusiasts to everyday filter drinkers who hold a genuine interest in what we do. As we operate in rail stations and airports throughout the UK and worldwide, the weekend event allowed us to communicate and reaffirm to customers where they could find us in their own region." SSP UK's National Barista Champion Matthew Roberts, from the Huddersfield Station Caffè Ritazza, showcased his Chilli Mocha signature drink exclusively at the Bath Coffee Festival (see our Question Time with Matthew on page 48). Alongside Taylors of Harrogate, Malmesbury Syrups and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe were headline sponsors. Cravendale kept exhibitors stocked with milk over the weekend, while other exhibitors included coffee roaster Origin, Wogan Coffee and Roy Ireland Espresso Services.

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SSP UK's Graziano Moroni (left) was supported at the festival by Caffè Ritazza baristas Matthew Roberts, Philip Hamilton and Jurate Skarzauskate

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