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Phew, what a busy few days we’ve just had at The London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London. The days were long and hard but the result made all the hard work more than worthwhile.

You might recall that we’d worked at the LCF Xmas party back in December 2013, we thought it had given us a nice introduction into what to expect at the main show – pah, how wrong were we?

So this is a big show, a trade show and a public show with over 20,000 visitors over the four days it’s open. 20,000 people, that’s mad! The festival is so busy that they run three sessions a day, each session lasts for three hours and each session was sold out in advance. The building was bursting at the seams with exhibitors and visitors.

This is the type of show you’d expect to see at the NEC or Earls Court but holding it at the Old Truman is an inspired decision – the place lends itself to a laid back informal event, as far removed from the corporate world as can be. Everyone, exhibitors and visitors alike were very chilled and having fun, sound systems in the various rooms gave the event a real party vibe, just like a music festival but with coffee.

The smell every morning was divine, coffee roasters and coffee grinders kicking out smells that made the mouth water. Freshly roasted coffee has to be one of the best smells in the world and there were at least six roasting machines on various stands.

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Who exhibited? The list is many and varied, Starbucks and Costa had big brassy stands, Cravendale the milk people had a massive stand as did Britta Water Filters. But is was the smaller stands that held my interest – UNION Coffee Roasters, Faema, La Marzocco, Origin and many more – they love what they do and it showed, the passion and enthusiasm for their product was evident, the pride with which they presented you with an espresso – real proper passion.

Here is a full list of exhibitors from The London Coffee Festival website: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/WhosThere.aspx

There were some many different things on offer to visitors, The Lab where you could learn how to make decent coffee, the UK Barista Championships, Cocktails, music, an art gallery and so much more. Put the date in your diary for 2015, you’ll be amazed at how much can be had at The London Coffee Festival.

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So, what did we do for The London Coffee Festival? We provided the stand walls, we did stand signage, stand lighting and a load of carpet.

650 9ft white painted panels – these had to be carried up two flights of stairs, hard back breaking work for my team of stand fitters. It took nearly four hours to load all of the panels into the venue one panel at a time.

400 spot lights, 10 rolls of carpet (at 400sqm per roll) and just over 100 stand names in cut vinyl.

It was a big job, one of the biggest we have done and in a venue that has very special challenges. Eight days on site, eight long days but worth every minute, it was great fun, we met some great people and had a great laugh.

At times we question why we do this job, its hard graft, long long hours on your feet. But when a job comes together like this one did it makes all of the effort, planning and stress worthwhile.

Role on the next one – lets make it bigger and better in 2015.

Thanks guys for all of your support and confidence in WPB Events Ltd.

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