Coffees lovers in London can rejoice as an entire festival dedicated to the good stuff is coming up next weekend.

The London Coffee Festival is returning for its eight year from April 12 to 15 at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

More than 250 exhibitors and 35,000 coffee fans are expected to join the festival over four days.

Start-ups, industry pioneers, and long-established companies will be attending, as well as DJs and musicians to provide a soundtrack for the festival.

There will be speciality tastings, industry talks, artisan workshops and showcases from world-class baristas.

Returning for the fourth time is Coffee Masters, a competition during which the UK’s top 20 baristas will go head-to-head for the title of Coffee Master and a cheque for £5,000

If visitors are interested in opening their own café, Thursday and Friday are dedicated industry days and will cover all aspects of trade, from the latest equipment innovations to the best new products.

Five things not to miss:

• The Espresso Martini Party on Friday

• Coffee Masters competition

• Roastery by Union Hand-Roasted- the small-batch roaster will be live-roasting beans throughout the weekend, discussing the process with onlookers

• Latte Art Live- watch specialists and learn how to pour the perfect glossy rosetta with throw-downs, workshops and showcases (expect lots of free coffee)

• Book into any of the industry speakers- guaranteed to inspire aspiring café owners

Jeffrey Young, founder of The London Coffee Festival, says: “After nearly a decade of growth in the London specialty coffee scene, it is exciting to see the continued flurry of innovation and, of course, so many new artisan coffee shop openings throughout London and the rest of the UK each year.

“London is now recognised as a true centre of excellence for the high quality, craft coffee industry and why The London Coffee Festival attracts thousands of trade visitors and ‘coffee tourists’ from all over the world.”

The London Festival kicks off UK Coffee Week.

Both the festival and UK Coffee Week support Project Waterfall, a charity initiative where 100 per cent of proceeds go towards providing clean drinking water and sanitation to the world’s coffee growing communities.

Last year, more than £100,000 was raised at The London Coffee Festival.

Early bird tickets are available online now from £14.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.

On the door, prices start from £22.50 for adults and £5.50 for children.

Thursday and Friday sessions are reserved for trade only.

On Saturday and Sunday, there are brunch, lunch, teatime and VIP full day sessions.

To buy tickets visit