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Bath Coffee Festival, May 15th/16th

Posted on: April 28, 2010

It seems that we already have festivals for most of our favourite foods and drinks: cider, cheese, beer, chocolate, wine, and even chillis, to name but a few. A report from The Sun earlier this year claimed that around 20 million Brits pop out to a coffee shop each week, and stats from Mintel claim that the UK coffee market will be worth £976 millon by 2015. With such seemingly high levels of caffeine addiction, it was only a matter of time until the first UK coffee festival was announced.

Luckily for us South Westerners, this inaugural event is to be held in our neck of the woods, thanks to Linda Donaldson, organiser of the Bath Coffee Festival.

Taking place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of May, this free-to-attend event will take place at Bath Rugby Club’s Recreation Ground. According to Linda, “Bath seemed the natural location for the UK’s first coffee festival as café society is such an important part of the city’s life. Bath has a large number of independent retailers as well as the big brands, and with its many other attractions, Bath is an ideal location.”

The “big brands” that will be exhibiting at the festival include such household names as Cafédirect, Taylors of Harrogate, Whittard of Chelsea and Caffé Ritazza. However, there will also be the chance to visit the stalls of smaller, local, independent brands such as Bath-based Carpuccino and Gillards of Bath, the Cornish Origin Coffee, and Bristol’s own Wogan Coffee.

The event is not just about sampling multiple cups of the stuff, however. Other diversions include visiting the stall of Derek Stansfield, who uses coffee as a medium for his watercolours. There will also be companies selling everything you need to make your favourite cuppa, from coffee machines to flavoured syrups, and access to the Take it Easy tent, where you will be served free coffee while being able to relax with a newspaper and live music.

A demonstration tent will also be in action over the course of the weekend, with festival-goers able to learn how to cook with coffee, create amazing latte art and have a demonstration from the South West’s Champion Barista, Jose Melim. If you’re still left wanting more, there will also be cakes, chocolates and ice cream (coffee-flavoured, of course!) to keep you going throughout the day.

With so much packed into the weekend, it’s amazing to see that entry to this event is free of charge! As Linda says, “The festival will be an excellent way for visitors to get excited about coffee in a beautiful city famed for its café culture and high end coffee shops.”

For more details, go to the Bath Coffee Festival website, or follow the organisers on


2 Responses to "Bath Coffee Festival, May 15th/16th"

It sounds great doesn’t it! Don’t forget to drop by and say hello to the tea people! We’ll be sampling delicious teas to show all the coffee drinkers you can like tea too!

and not only willwe be there but sampling lots of flavours so please seek us out and try a flavour in your coffee-

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