In pictures: London Coffee Festival 2014

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Around 22,000 people were estimated to have attended the London Coffee Festival on Brick Lane last weekend (3-6 April), an over 25% rise in visitor numbers compared to the 2013 event.

At the four-day festival, which was organised by Allegra Events, more than 250 stalls showcased artisan coffee, gourmet food, tasting sessions and demonstrations. Industry giants Starbucks and Costa set up stalls alongside emerging companies and cafes such as Freestate Coffee and east London haunt Shoreditch Grind.

Highlights included La Cimbali’s demonstration on ‘the science of espresso’ and the ‘make decent coffee’ session, which showed guests how to recreate barista-style coffees at home.

The event was divided into two sessions – industry professionals attended on 3 and 4 April, leaving the weekend free for the public to enjoy the festival. Saturday night ended with a launch party for Espresso Martini.

Guests were entertained in between coffee drinking sessions by interactive workshops, art exhibitions, DJs and live music from the coffee bean-nations of Brazil and Columbia. Half of all ticket sales went to Project Waterfall, a charity that aims to deliver clean water to coffee-producing countries.

Ludovic Rossignol, festival organiser, said: "The exciting coffee journey London has been experiencing for the last decade is an indication that it is fast becoming one of the most advanced coffee cities on earth.

"More than an obsession, coffee is becoming a lifestyle, not just in London but across the UK. It is our vision to promote the diversity and excellence the UK coffee scene has to offer, and as part of that the culture it has created - spanning from food, design, art to music and fashion."

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