We’re heading back to Cup North’s Manchester Coffee Festival, an independent Manchester-based coffee festival run with the aim of bringing the best of the specialty coffee industry to the north of England. Returning to Victoria Warehouse the first weekend of November, this marks the fourth year that the Cup North dream team of Hannah Davies and Ricardo Gandara have put together the most warm and welcoming coffee show we’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. 

Whilst the event itself is still just a bright spot on the horizon (it’s yonks away!), we know for sure that this year will see the return of a bigger and better BRUBIACEAE as well as an evening panel discussion for those who want to kick back, relax, and have a bit of a giggle after hitting the show floor.

Read on for more information about the exciting stuff going down in our space at this year’s Manchester Coffee Festival! Just can’t wait until November? Reminisce about years gone by whilst the clock ticks ever closer–we’ve got videos from 20142015and 2016 for you to watch in the meantime!

Where: Manchester Coffee Festival, Victoria Warehouse (Manchester)
When: 4-5 November 2017

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So, what do I need to do?
First of all, you’ll need to register here, so that we know to expect your submission in November and have your contact details so that we can coordinate the fun part: presenting samples of your beer and explaining your process to attendees at Manchester Coffee Festival! Then, using coffee flowers, coffee, or chaff (or some mix of these), you’ll need to brew 2L (for public tasting) and 4 x 330mL bottles (for judging). Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need to get them to the Manchester Coffee Festival on Saturday, November 4th for judging. Double-plus bonus if you bring your beer AND yourself: you’ll get to present samples of your beer to the judges AND the festival-going masses!

What’s in it for me? 
Well, aside from a chance to play with different parts of the coffee plant in your homebrew (or even just play with coffee!) and a chance to chat to coffee and beer geeks alike, competitors also get all-day Saturday entry into the Manchester Coffee Festival,

a chance to win a Flat White brew day with none-other-than Manchester’s own Alphabet Brewing Co. AND a £100 bar tab at their very awesome brew tap!


Got more Qs? 
We’ve (probably) got answers. Read all the details about the competition here and, if your question still haven’t been answered, just pop us a mail!


This year’s Brubiaceae winning prize is made possible by the kind support of Alphabet Brewing Company. 

About Alphabet Brewing Company: Alphabet Brewing Company is an independent brewery based in Manchester, UK that brews modern beer styles with high-definition flavour and aroma. Keen to experiment, create, and have fun with their beers, a long list of one-offs, mashups, and collaborations sit alongside their core range of Hoi Polloi (4.8% Pils-style lager), A to the K (5.6% Oatmeal Pale Ale), Charlie Dont’ Surf (4.0% Session IPA), Juice Springsteen (4.5% Tropical Pale Ale) and – of course – Flat White, a 7.4% White Breakfast Stout made from coffee, milk, oats, and malt goodness. For more information, please visit http://www.alphabetbrewing.co.uk/.


Tamper Tantrum’s programming for Cup North’s Manchester Coffee Festival is made possible by the kind support of our long-standing Title Partner, Cimbali UK.

About Cimbali UK: a world leader in the production of professional machines for espresso coffee beverages, representing their history and designing their future with their brands. They stay one step ahead of the market, offering innovative, superior-quality products and outstanding service, whilst enhancing and developing human resources in a context increasingly geared towards teamwork, integration, and synergies. For more information on Cimbali UK, please visit www.cimbaliuk.com.

About Cup North: Cup North is an independent Manchester based coffee events company run with the aim of bringing the best of the speciality coffee industry to the north of England. The Cup North event was started in 2014 by Hannah Davies and Ricardo Gandara who met at a Manchester coffee shop through their mutual love of coffee. This year, after three highly successful shows, Cup North will be hosting the second ever Manchester Coffee Festival on 4 & 5th November 2017. For more information, please visit www.cupnorth.co.uk.