Scottish Coffee Festival comes to Edinburgh

A poster for the festival
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SCOTLAND’S only coffee festival is hitting Edinburgh for the very first time this month – and it’s to be served up in one of the city’s most historic biscuit factories.

The world of lattes and espressos will unfold in Leith’s “quirky” new creative hub, once home to the Crawford Biscuit Factory in the late 1940s.

Organiser Chris Brown has said his festival goes hand in hand with the history of the building, which reopened in April after lying derelict for eight years.

The city-based 30-year-old is looking forward to offering coffee fanatics their tastiest day and is hoping for a large serving of visitors.

Chris, a freelance communications and public relations assistant, said: “I launched the festival in Glasgow for the first time last year.

“It took place at the Drygate Brewery Company and it was a massive success with over 800 people attending.

“I’ve always loved coffee and after doing a bit of travelling, I soon noticed there wasn’t a single coffee festival in Scotland.

“After visiting a coffee mill in Cuba, in particular, I just knew setting up a coffee festival was something I wanted to do.”

After returning from his trip, the caffeine lover, originally from Dunfermline, began contacting cafes and bars to seek advice on beginning his tasty festival.

To his surprise, they all supported his idea, and Chris has never looked back.

He said: “The festival invites people of all ages to come along – whether you love coffee or haven’t even tried it.

“People can drink and sample as many cups of coffee as they want, and there will be specialist baristas on hand demonstrating different drinks.

“Someone asked me last year if I could have the festival this year in Edinburgh so that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’m pleased it’s taking place during the Fringe Festival also.”

All the money made from the event, which will take place on Saturday, August 29, from 11am until 6pm in The Biscuit Factory, Anderson Place, will be donated to prostate cancer.

Chris added: “The fact the festival is taking place in an old biscuit factory is just great. It’s such a quirky venue and it lends a hand to the theme.”

Alan Forgie, creative director of The Biscuit Factory, which is still under renovation, said he was “delighted” Chris has decided to hold the Scottish Coffee Festival at the venue.

He said: “It’s wonderful we are holding a coffee festival in a biscuit factory.

“We were thinking of offering cookies and milk on the day, just to add to the effect.

“I have no doubt there will be a large turnout, and this is only the beginning of the large amount of food and drink events that will be held here.”

The newly refurbished biscuit factory is planning to house 20 studios over two floors and a 7500sq ft gallery space.

Last year, research found Scots coffee had more kick than cuppas in Italy and Spain with Glasgow’s the strongest.

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