WHAT IS UK COFFEE WEEK?
UK Coffee Week is a celebration of all things coffee. Over seven special days, coffee industry experts get together and showcase different aspects of speciality coffee. This is the third UK Coffee Week and the most ambitious yet.
Run by the Allegra Foundation, the fundraising event ‘provides a unique opportunity for branded coffee chains, independent coffee shops and industry suppliers to collaborate and celebrate the success of the industry, while raising money for Project Waterfall.’
UK Coffee Week raises valuable funds for Project Waterfall, providing sustainable clean water projects in deprived African communities. This year, its aim is to give some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Tanzania (where only 54% of people have clean water) access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Last year, over £100,000 was raised through UK Coffee Week and this year the project aims to raise even more. Access to clean, safe water and good sanitation is a basic human right and together we can make this a reality for those in need. There are many different ways to get involved and help out. More information can be found here.
UK Coffee Week will take place from 22-28 April. The flagship event, London Coffee Festival, promises to be an unmissable event for all coffee lovers and industry folk alike. Held on the 25th-28 April at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, the festival will feature artisan coffee, gourmet food stalls, tasting sessions, lessons from world-class Baristas, and live entertainment and music.
The guys over at Allegra have planned a very exciting event, so make sure you buy tickets if you haven’t already! Over 15,000 coffee lovers and foodies, professional baristas, coffee roasters and coffee shop owners are expected to attend.
UK Coffee Week encompasses more than just London and coffee shops all around the UK will be getting involved and holding events at their stores, showcasing their coffee expertise and ethical credentials. Many coffee tasting events and cultural & art exhibitions are planned, so have a look for events going on in your area. If there aren’t any, why not create one yourself?