An unmissable event for coffee lovers, Cup North, the first major coffee festival to take place outside of London, is coming to ArtWork in the Greengate area of Salford on 1st-2nd November. The new two day festival will see participation from a broad range of businesses like Square Mile and La Marzocco, with coffee companies showcasing their products alongside tea merchants, chocolate suppliers, brewers and food traders.
A whole host of activities will run over the course of the event, including a latte art competition with La Marzocco, tastings, coffee cuppings from roasters such as Grumpy Mule, Extract and Atkinsons, live music, food and drink pairing, coffee book corner and history talks with coffee fiction writer Piers Alexander, workshops and demonstrations, live coffee roasting from Square Mile, and an art exhibition by the Makers Dozen.
Cup North is also hosting Tamper Tantrum, the brain child of Steve Leighton of Has Bean and Colin Harmon of 3fE, who aim to produce a catalogue of videoed coffee talks, similar to TED Talks, where speakers are invited to speak on a chosen topic for 20 minutes before answering the audience’s questions. Tamper Tantrum only happens a couple of times a year and often in other countries, which makes it a huge draw for coffee fans. The money to host Tamper Tantrum was raised through Kickstarter in July – the team raised £900 more than their target of £5,000.
Cup North is curated by Hannah Davies, an experienced barista trainer and industry expert, and her team of Manchester coffee professionals, including Ricardo Gandara, a coffee fanatic and solid member of Manchester’s foodie scene. Hannah says, “I was inspired to create a coffee event in Manchester after a recent influx of speciality coffee shops, such as Takk, Grindsmiths, Caffeine & Co. The current foodie buzz surrounding the city was also a motivation.”
Cup North’s food and bar area will be hosted by GRUB, a new organisation headed up by experience street food trader Jason Bailey. Grub’s aim is to bring grassroots and innovative street food to Manchester whilst supporting and promoting new traders.
Tickets are available to purchase through the Cup North website and at a number of Manchester coffee shops, including Caffeine & Co, North Tea Power and Coffee Fix. During October, a special Cup North Espresso Blend will be available to try as a guest coffee in the same coffee shops. The collaboration between Manchester coffee roasters, Passionfruit Coffee, Coffee Circle, Ancoats Coffee and ManCoCo, is an unusual project which demonstrates the close-knit community of the Manchester coffee scene.
For further information on Cup North or to arrange an interview please contact Hannah@cupnorth.co.uk
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