A COFFEE festival takes place this weekend.

The Brighton Coffee Festival is being held on Sunday at the Open Market, and is scheduled to have about 20 tea and coffee traders appearing.

It will be the first event of its kind to take place in the city and will celebrate the local coffee industry, while giving fans their caffeine fix.

Well-known brands appearing at the festival include Small Batch Coffee Roasters, Flour Pot Bakery, Redroaster, Bird and Blend Tea Co, Mighty Green Coffee and more.

The one-day event will feature latte art competitions, talks from industry professionals, traders, giveaways and a variety of entertainment plus, of course, all the coffee you could want.

A statement from the Brighton Coffee Festival said: “This event is very exciting for the Brighton


“Not only does it bring together the best coffee brands in the city, but it allows the public to get a real flavour for how big the coffee industry has gone nationally.

“We have some fantastic partnerships which are still to be announced, as well as hosting a live latte art competition, and guest DJs performing all day long.

“With summer in full swing, the iced coffees flowing and the coffee market continuing to boom, what better way to celebrate than with some of the city’s biggest names under one roof.

“This celebration of coffee will help promote the very best the city’s speciality coffee scene has to offer.

“For too long the local scene has been under promoted and the Brighton Coffee Festival will offer the opportunity to show just how outstanding the coffee in Brighton is, in the historic and redeveloped Open Market site.”

Brighton has more coffee drinkers per head than anywhere else in the UK.

The average Brightonian spends about £200 a year on coffee, creating an industry that is worth roughly £55 million.

For more information visit www.brightoncoffeefest.com.