As anyone who loves caffeinated beverages knows, not all cuppas are created equal. Indeed, there's a reason there is an entire type of beans called speciality coffee, which are grown in microclimates to create full flavours and unique tastes. And whether you can always tell the difference or your brew-loving tastebuds are now salivating at the thought of better coffee, Brisbane's newest festival is dedicated to them.
Hosted by Wolff Coffee Roasters, aka a bean-loving roaster and supplier focused on providing specialty coffee to everyday coffee drinkers, the Speciality Coffee Festival promises an entire day of celebrating the very best beans and brews. Taking place at Wolff's Hendra warehouse on September 2, the free fest will showcase everything from cupping to roasting, offer up tours of the facilities, and serve up coffee in various forms.
Highlights include classes and chats with Costa Rican coffee producer Alejo Castro of Volcán Azul, plenty of caffeinated goodness at the fest's specialty laneway, and food trucks galore, including That Greek Truck, Mr Burger, Wild Rissole and the coffee ice cream selling Queen of Pops. Anyone eager to get roasting themselves can pay for a two-hour roasting experience (although at $295 per person, it isn't cheap), while those keen on watching coffee experts do their best can check out the AeroPress Championships for $10, which includes free beverages and a dance off.
More details are set to be announced; however it's shaping up to be the coffee fiend's equivalent of Christmas in September. The Specialty Coffee Festival also helps cap off what's proving to be a great time for firsts in Brisbane, and an ace time for devouring deliciousness as well, coming hot on the heels of Brisbane's maiden espresso martini festival and Japanese festival.