It’s no secret that I love a cup of coffee.
I’m one of those happy addicts who sees no reason to change the status quo and living in Manchester, we’re really luck in the sheer number of opportunities to indulge in a brew. From roasters such as Heart & Graft, Mancoco, Passionfruit and Ancoats Coffee Company, to perfectly geeky coffee shops Grindsmiths, Foundation Coffee House, Federal Coffee Bar and North Tea Power – to name but a few.
I’ve even heard from an Italian colleague that we have more opportunities to drink coffee in Manchester than there are in Italy.
So it’s not really surprising that we have our own coffee festival, Cup North. In fact, if I think about it, I might have actually contributed to their original Kickstarter.
Now in its second year, it promises to be bigger and better, with a larger venue (Victoria Warehouse) and more baristas, coffees, cupping opportunities and latte art than you can, er, throw a spoon at.
Talks from well known names in coffee across the UK in Temper Tantrum, a Women in Coffee event, vintage coffee cinema and a host of people who put my own limited coffee geekery to shame. I’m going in as a noob.
Admittedly I may be going in with boozy cake (I’ve had a request) so hunt me down and if I have a sample it’s yours, but there’ll be the amazing Cakesmiths on hand with a coffee and cake pairing session, should you miss me or feel the need for something non-booze related.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the coffee throwing championships and learning in the Sensory Through Cupping Triangulation and visiting The Cupping Lab to get my geek on.
I’ll also be taking my poor overworked credit card to grab some coffee bargains while I’m there.
If you like coffee, want to learn more, or just fancy popping by to sample some new brews from renowned UK roasters, then tickets are £10 for one day, or £18 for the weekend – or treat yourself to a single day and a Northern Indy Coffee Guide for £16.
Just watch out for the jittery redhead with an overloaded tote bag full of beans.