From venders setting up shop at 5am, an immense flood of festivalgoer’s embraced Shed 10 from early Saturday morning, showing no sign of easing up as the day progressed.
We were lucky enough to head down in the 2nd heave of the day 1-4pm, where we were able to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a good espresso (or 9), and get amongst the buzzing environment that was the Auckland Coffee Expo.
Once through the gates, we began by checking out the awesome Flight Coffee team who not only led charge with exceptional brews, but also spurred on attendees to discover more around the process of a great coffee.
Moving from stall to stall, it was a real delight to see that there was an array of venders from the industry. We saw the talented Tamzin of Mavis and Osborn who was not only offering up her homeware but also showcasing her exceptionally crafted aprons, which funnily enough the majority of the baristas on the day were sporting.
More to our delight, we came across the team from Espresso Workshop who were not only overwhelmed with customers interested in their coffees - their equipment stall was selling brew kits left, right and centre. Here we enjoyed a great Dumerso Natural espresso, which had a great mouthfeel and tasting notes of golden raisin, blueberry and honeydew melon – a real eyebrow raiser for any who tried it.
For those who stayed on for the third and final heave, the bar became a buzzing hub that carried on entertaining the masses until 8pm.
We would like to say a big thank you to the Auckland Coffee Festival team – Annabelle Burke, Luke Jackison and Carl Thompson for letting us get involved and sharing this fantastic new event with the rest of an enthused crowd.
Here’s to next year.