Last week saw the London Coffee Festival officially launch UK Coffee Week (7-13 April). Located at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane and with over 20,000 visitors expected, it was sure to be another great event for the coffee world.
The London Coffee Festival is the ideal event for both coffee lovers and those working in the trade. With numerous companies displaying their latest and greatest products, gourmet food stalls, tastings, and demonstrations the place was buzzing, and not just from the copious amount of caffeine.
At the Rainforest Alliance, we were delighted to see so many companies there who source their coffee beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Through our certification programme coffee farmers are safeguarding the health of more than 2.3 million acres (945,000 hectares) of land.
Walking through the festival, it was clear to see the emerging theme that consumers not only want to know more details about where their coffee is grown, but also who is growing it. In an ever expanding market consumers are able to make more informed choices about their purchase and the effect this has on the land, the farmer, and their families.
Here at the Rainforest Alliance we couldn’t agree more. Coffee farmers face many challenges including poverty, commodity price fluctuations and increasingly erratic rainfall patterns caused by climate change. The Rainforest Alliance is proud to be working with 160,000 coffee farmers in 26 countries around the world. Here you can meet one of them, Wilson Sucaticona, a coffee farmer in Sandia, Peru.
This year UK Coffee Week is raising money for Project Waterfall, an initiative aiming to provide safe water to the remote community of Mbulu in Tanzania. The London Coffee Festival was not only the perfect event launch the exciting week ahead, but also to celebrate London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene.