It’s the 10th anniversary of the La Marzocco True Artisan Café at London Coffee Festival. We’ve seen some incredible people across our stands in the last 10 years and we’re excited to bring the True Artisan Café back this year bigger and better than ever with another incredible line-up!

To celebrate TEN amazing years of the True Artisan Café, it’s creator Paul Kelly, General Manager for La Marzocco UK & Ireland, met with Jeffrey Young to look back at all the best moments of the True Artisan Café, what we should expect in this years line-up and why it’s so important to celebrate baristas and artisan coffee space as part of the Fifth Wave podcast series.

The Fifth Wave is a podcast series hosted by Jeffrey Young, Founder of Allegra Group, where each episode features inspiring stories, business lessons, and thought leadership from entrepreneurs and industry experts from across the world of coffee. You can hear the podcast on  Spotify, Apple Podcast or here on the Fifth Wave website.

Here are just a few snippets of some of the amazing recipes you can expect to see over the next few days in the True Artisan Café to tempt your tastebuds:

Applaud X Butterworth

A luxuriously smooth chocolate and hazelnut coffee topped with crispy hazelnut pieces served in a 4oz cup

Daisy Green X The Roasting Party

The bespoke Daisy Green blend – hand roasted using beans from small farms in Colombia, Brazil & Guatemala, creating a smooth & chocolatey espresso with just a hint of acidity

The Black Penny X Allpress

The Black Penny’s Espresso – Aluna Coconut Rum, Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Coconut syrup and Espresso shaked & strained. Served in a martini glass and finished with coffee beans and dry coconut flakes.

Cable X Climpsons and Sons 

Climpson’s Espresso Martini

Bobby’s X North Star 

Bobby’s Dazzler – A summery Spritz with a kick! Vermouth, Iced Filter, Tonic. The shores of the Amalfia Coast in your mouth.

Pot Kettle Black X Hasbean

PKB Espresso G&T – Our fruity twist on an espresso-based gin and tonic using Manchester raspberry Gin and our inhouse hedgerow tea syrup, highlighting the natural flavour notes of our washed Kenyan coffee.

The Espresso Room X The Roasting Party

Orange & Dark Chocolate Espresso Martini. A twist on the classic Espresso Martini to compliment the nutty notes in our house blend.

Soho House X Grind

Breezin’ – In reference to George Benson’s classic and the tropical summer we just experienced

Rosslyn X Origin Coffee Roasters

Rosslyn Irish Coffee –  Iced Irish coffee with Australian Wattleseed cream

Farewell X Terrone

Giacco’s Jaffa cappuccino – an Espresso martini variation to a Jaffa cake with the grand marnier bringing the orange flavor, TONKA beans for the biscuit nuttiness and a touch of chocolate. Smooth & citrusy. Also using oatly cream to give to the drink a velvety rich texture!

Crosstown X Caravan Coffee Roasters

Apricot Thyme Cold Brew Negroni – Beautifully aromatic and floral twist on classic AND Dulce de Leche Affogato – A double shot of Crosstown Espresso poured over a scoop of our small batch dulce de leche ice cream.

Off The Streets X Hej Coffee

The’virgin red eye’  – combining a nitro cold brew martini and a wonderful espresso used as a base for the glass!

Gourmet Coffee Bar X Clifton Coffee Roasters

Raspberry and almond syrup, espresso, and sparkling water over ice.

Sustain X Bar Termini

Termini & Sustain stage – the bitterness of espresso contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the desert or liquor served chilled as an after-dinner digestive like limoncello.