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Get your caffeine kick at the biscuit factory for Scottish Coffee Festival

Get your caffeine kick at the biscuit factory for Scottish Coffee Festival

There’s always room for one more festival in Edinburgh during August, especially if it's at the end of the month and involves caffeine.

The Scottish Coffee Festival will open its doors in Leith for a day on August 29, making its debut in the capital.

Launched last year in Glasgow, the festival was set up by coffee lover Chris Brown who was inspired by the American coffee scene while living across the pond and decided to test the water to see if the Scots shared this enthusiasm.

“When we ran Scotland's first coffee festival last year in Glasgow, over 800 people attended and it was a big success," Chris said.

“We had a lot of people asking if we would do it in Edinburgh. And we wanted to do it during the festival."

From espressos to vanilla lattes and macchiatos, Chris said the coffee roasters at the first festival were adventurous with their coffee creations, a trait he suspects will continue again this August. There is even talk of a new coffee brew for beer fans to try out.

“We have local coffee roasters taking part and cafes taking part," he said.

“The coffee scene in Edinburgh has become so big lately but when people go to a cafe, they don't always know who is behind the coffee, what coffee roasters are making or even the coffee they are tasting.

“We wanted to give a platform to coffee roasters, especially local ones.

“It there are special requests on the day, the cafe and roasters taking part are always happy to accommodate.”

VQuality, Luckie Beans, Round Square Coffee Roastery and Ovenbird Artisan Coffee Roasters will be among those at the event.

And although it is mostly about the coffee, there will also be food, art and entertainment on the day, with bubble tea by Tempo Tea Bar and popcorn makers Poporopo also on the list.

"The idea is to grow it and make it bigger and better each time," Chris said.

"I want the event to be inclusive to everyone. Even if you don't know anything about coffee at all but you want to learn more then you can come along on the day."

The Scottish Coffee Festival will take place at The Biscuit Factory on August 29 between 11am and 6pm.

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It will also be making a return to Glasgow on November 28 and 29.

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