Record numbers of coffee lovers gathered in Glasgow earlier this month to celebrate their favorite brew, as Scotland’s biggest coffee festival returned to the city.
Around 2,400 people attended the seventh Glasgow Coffee Festival in historic Briggait from May 7-8, nearly double the number of 2019.
The indoor event was part of a two-week coffee celebration, in which the city’s favorite coffee companies hosted a series of events, offers and discounts.
There was an indoor element to the festival for the first time in over two years, with more than 40 exhibitors sharing their knowledge, passion and products with aficionados eager to sample the city’s bustling coffee scene.
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The event, organized by Glasgow B-Corp Dear Green Coffee Roasters, maintained its commitment not to use single-use cups, with organizers partnering with keep the cup to save an estimated 35,332 cups from landfill over the weekend.
At the coffee party, which ended on Monday, ticket holders were encouraged to show their support for those caught up in the conflict in Ukraine. And over £10,000 has been raised to support the humanitarian effort in the war-torn country.
Glasgow Coffee Festival founder and Dear Green owner Lisa Lawson hailed it a ‘huge success’ and believes it has cemented the city’s status as having one of the most exciting coffee scenes in the world. world.
She said: “This year’s Coffee Festival was by far the best yet. We were absolutely blown away by the number of people who traveled from all over the UK and beyond to share their love of coffee with us. After being held outdoors in 2020, the festival’s return to the Briggait felt like a return to normality for the industry as a whole.
“Over the years I have seen Glasgow’s coffee community grow and grow, with an ever-growing number of roasters and baristas setting standards in the city. The festival really showed how the industry has grown not just in Glasgow, but across Scotland. It was a huge success and the perfect way to bring our industry together. The event was charged with positive energy from everyone and highlighted just how exciting and diverse our coffee scene is. We can be justly proud that our coffee community is a global player!”
Originally organized and hosted by Lisa and the team at Dear Green, this year a team of event organizers contributed to the success of the sold-out festival.
Ticket holders were treated to a range of exclusive offers and discounts at over 100 local businesses that supply specialty coffee during the fortnight around the festival.
Sponsors of this year’s event included coffee equipment companies La Marzocco, Compak and Bunn, Us V Them, Dear Green Coffee Roasters and Story Shop, a Glasgow-based marketing agency.