Raise a mug, coffee lovers – after resounding praise for the first ever event in 2018, we’re celebrating the return of The Coffee House Project. The best of Bristol and the South West’s coffee industry will come together under one roof once again at The Passenger Shed on 7-8 September.

Festival organisers Louisa and Sofia have brewed up a programme that both committed coffee aficionados and anyone looking for a food and drink-themed day out will love. Here are their top 5 tips to help you get the most out of The Coffee House Project 2019.

The Coffee House Project in Bristol at The Passenger Shed

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Read all about it

The Coffee House Project was not only created from our love of coffee, but also our desire to bring people together to shout about all the great coffee-related things going on in this incredible city and across the South West.

With up to 45 exhibitors, free coffees and treats, complimentary workshops and talks, plus gourmet street food and DJs, no other event captures Bristol’s vibrant coffee scene in quite the same way.

Coffee lovers will be treated to a day-time session on Saturday, before festivities get underway with The Coffee House Project’s official CHP party. Espresso martinis, craft beers and local spirits will be the order of the night. The festival continues through Sunday from 10am - 5pm.

To try and give you the best summary of what’s in store, we have created the CHP Festival Journal. Sit back, grab a coffee and read it here.

RE-USE – RINSE – RETURN with KeepCup

Pack your re-usable and #ChooseToReuse at The Coffee House Project this year, as we are going disposable-cup-free. All other mugs, cups and forms of vessels are welcome! Don’t have one? Fear not as KeepCup will be operating a loan scheme where you can borrow a cup for the day for £5 or you can purchase your limited edition CHP KeepCup from www.thecoffeehouseproject.co.uk

There’ll also be washing stations around the festival so you can swill out your reusable between tastings. Keep hold of your cup from morning to night and sample everything from coffee to espresso martinis, testing some of the best specialty coffee and local drinks around, without the waste…clever hey!

KeepCup sign about reducing waste

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Baristas vs Bartenders

If you’re heading to The Coffee House Project on Saturday, make sure you stick around for the launch party in the evening. The festivities will kick off with CHP's inaugural Baristas vs Bartenders competition from 4.30pm. See the city's coffee-smiths go head to head with its master mixologists in an epic caffeinated cocktail shaking showdown.

After a conversation on stage in 2018, the challenge was set between Matt Beynon of Wogan Coffee Roasters and Danny Walker of Psychopomp Micro-Distillery, who will each lead a team to battle on Saturday 7th September. The official CHP party will follow, kicking off from 7pm until late. The competition has all been made possible by our amazing competition partners La Marzocco UK, Conker Spirit, Caleno and Mr Black.

Barista smelling coffee at The Coffee House Project

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Espresso responsibly

Seasoned festival goers know to skip their morning brew so they don’t reach peak their caffeine limit too early, as free flowing coffee from the UK’s finest roasteries is included in the ticket. Check out the website for the full list of exhibitors and find there is much more than coffee in-store too including teas, chai and refreshing drinks to sample. Elasticated waists are also recommended as baked goods and independent food traders will be keeping you fuelled with food to accompany your caffeine fix.

Bags of Extract Coffee at The Coffee House Project

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Get hands on

This year we have expanded our workshop area to give more festival goers the opportunity to get hands on and learn something new, for both coffee and non-coffee lovers. From coffee cocktail masterclasses to home brewing basics, tea blending to latte art, kick starting kombucha to cold brew classes, we have it all to keep you busy over the two days.

Look over the timetable and get prepared to book at the festival on a first come first served basis. Dhan Tamang’ slots can be booked online in advance – reserve your spot soon as spaces are going fast!

Glasses of coffee on table

Image credit: Edd Cope

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