Can’t live without your morning coffee? Go to sleep dreaming about sweet, sweet caffeine? Have nightmares about International Roast? We’ve got the festival for you. Caffeine addicts rejoice, Brisbane is being blessed by the first ever Specialty Coffee Festival and it’s hosted by local champions Wolff Coffee Roasters right in their roasting warehouse this September 2nd.
As the host of Queensland’s AeroPress championship, the Wolff Pack have decided that specialty coffee is too important not to be celebrated properly – and thus the Specialty Coffee Festival was born.
Start your day off ethically and join the #waronwaste by purchasing a reusable keep cup from Frank Green, La Bontazza or Keep Cup, and then make your way over to the Specialty Laneway where you can get a free coffee.
Continue your charitable pursuits by meeting with Costa Rican coffee farmer, Alejo Castro. Travelling to Brisbane exclusively for the festival, Alejo will be providing festival goers with an authentic look into where their beans come from, as well as running free cupping workshops and roastery tours. For every coffee sold at the festival, 50c will be donated to Primary School of San Francisco de Grecia, Costa Rica – with a focus on providing books to the school children of Alejo’s hometown.
Not to be missed is the main event, the AeroPress championships. For $10 entry, enjoy a beer whilst you watch 40 budding baristas competing for the title of Qld Champion.
Beyond the lattes and long blacks, the Specialty Laneway will feature treats and items that hero coffee in equally delicious and unique ways. From raw treats by Nutri Hitt, cold brew and equipment from Toddy and even a coffee BBQ rub from Mr. Grister – this festival will prove that coffee is so much more than just a morning beverage.
The festival will also play host to Downey Park food trucks, with delicious fare from the likes of Wild Rissole, Mr Burger and That Greek Truck, as well as food trucks from Queen of Pops and Dandelion & Driftwood.
Between the specialty coffee, food and charity, The Specialty Coffee festival is one feel-good pick me up you can’t miss.
Words by Emma Callaghan