From the Northern Echo 21st Jan 2011

Let’s all drink to a coffee festival idea

COFFEE enthusiast Annabel Townsend hopes to stir cafes and tea rooms into action with a view to holding the region’s first-ever coffee festival in Darlington this spring.

STIRRING THOUGHTS: Annabel Townsend outside her cafe

Mrs Townsend, who is nearing completion of a PhD in the coffee industry, owns and manages a coffee shop in Parkgate.

She said: “There are many independent venues in Darlington and the North-East offering exceptional quality coffee. I think it would be great to get everyone together for the festival and raise money for a good cause.”

She would like public involvement and hopes Darlington Borough Council will agree to stalls and events in the market square to coincide with National Coffee Week, which runs from April 4 to 10.

Money raised would go to Water Fall, a charity which aims to provide clean water and sanitation projects to more than 100,000 people.

“If we can all get together and raise as much money as possible for this great charity while enjoying some lovely beverages in the process, then it will be a great success,”

she said.

For details, or to express an interest in being involved, email or go to the Afternoon Tease café in Parkgate.

Pretty pictures from participating cafes!

The festival is featured in the North East Followers Online magazine:

Here's a few more details from Annabel:

Anyone with twitter who would like to be involved can follow @necoffeefest

The coffee festival is part of UK National Coffee Week, set up by Allegra and supporting WaterAid and Project Waterfall. Project Waterfall aims to raise £1m to provide clean water for coffee growing communities in Africa.

Read more about the aims of the project HERE

The UK's first coffee week runs from 4th-10th April, and for our part, we are holding the first ever North East Coffee Festival.

Coffee Maps:
All week, you can try our Coffee Treasure Hunt. Pick up a treasure map from any of the participating venues, visit all the venues on the map during the week and win a prize. The first person to complete the map gets "treasure" from Afternoon Tease Cafe, and there are some "runners up" prizes too. Remember, 5p off every cup of coffee sold at these venues during the week will go to Project Waterfall.

There are plenty of other events happening during UK Coffee Week in Darlington too:

Roasting Workshops:
Join Us at Golden Brown Cafe, Houndgate, Darlington
for 1 hr Coffee Roasting Workshops
£9.50 pp
50% of the fee goes to Project Waterfall
Observation of the roasting process from green raw beans to roasted coffee beans ready for the cup.
Talk on coffee production and brewing with a question and answer session
Cafetiere of Coffee: choice from the two beans currently roasted on site with:
choice of bacon/sausage bun or patisserie, or choice of cake to accompany your coffee.

Monday 4th, 09:30 to 10:30 am


Friday 8th, 09:30 to 10.30am

Wednesday 6th, 3:00 to 4.00pm


Friday 8th, 3:00 to 4:00pm

Booking is essential as workshops are for a maximum of six people. Pop in to Golden Brown Cafe for more details and to book.

Charity Coffee Morning
Wednesday 6th April
9.30am -11am
Crombie's Cafe, Tubwell Row, Darlington
Coffee and Scone deal, £2.50 with 100% of proceeds going to Project Waterfall.
Coffee Tasting Workshops
Sublime Coffee Corner, Indoor Market, Darlington
Wednesday 6th April
From 2pm
Come along and try a range of different Single Origin and Flavoured Coffees, learn about their origins and have a go at 'cupping' - describing the different flavours and aromas. Free event but donations to the charity actively encouraged!

Barista Classes
Friday 8th, 4-6pm
Afternoon Tease Cafe, Parkgate, Darlington
Try your hand at making proper espresso, learn about espresso blends, the dose, tamp and grind of coffee, how to create the perfect espresso drinks and have a play with our beloved espresso machine!
£7.50 per person, (£5 of which goes to Project Waterfall) includes all the drinks you make!

Coffee Festival Stalls

Saturday 9th, 9am-5pm, Blackwellgate, Darlington
We're taking over a corner of Darlington's Open Market with coffee-themed stalls, including
The Coffee Exhibition (information stall) The Little Coffee Van, Tea Experience, Cupcake Kisses, Golden Brown Chocolates, Reinvigorate and more!

Please pop into Afternoon Tease for more info and to register your interest, or alternatively email the address above or tweet at me @necoffeefest I look forward to hearing from you!