Tl;dr: After my second time at the Helsinki Coffee Festival I would recommend it to anyone. Take time to look at the programme in advance, so you won’t miss the bits that interest you the most.
- New roasteries (e.g. Lehmus Roastery, Holmen Coffee, KeaKoffee)
- Lots of space!
- Great program, Barista cup and Brewer’s cup
- Great presentation, demos, “pull your own shot” spots
- Amazing people, lots of free coffee, definite buzz.
- Coffee highlights from outside of Finland, e.g. Turkish and Indonesian coffees
- Tea and artisan chocolate companies also represented,
- Less coffee related artisan stalls (e.g. no coffee cushion salesperson this year)
- Less crowded, also on the standholder’s side – Were there this few last year?
- Missing some roasteries (e.g. Papu, Turun Kahvipaahtimo, Rovaniemen Kahvipaahtimo)
- Stage with barista & brewer’s cup didn’t have a screen, so we couldn’t see a detailed view of what was going on!
- Personal low: Alpro’s new non-dairy coffee milk was too sweet and ruined my espresso.
How does it perform vs the London Coffee Festival?
++ It’s less crowded, has more free samples or brewed coffee, laid-back program and not ear-deafening music, easy to talk and sit down, more space for brewing demos
— Barista cup had no big screen, there were less stands, barely any food to snack on, no big roasting stage, no free goodie bag (tote bag was 10€)