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NH Coffee Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 19, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Laconia
Cost: Admission is free
Visit: facebook.com/NHCoffeeFestival




Coffee-centric
Embrace the beans at NH Coffee Festival

09/17/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Returning to downtown Laconia on Saturday, Sept. 19, the New Hampshire Coffee Festival is for lovers of all things coffee, from the sample cups at the purveyor booths to coffee trivia and a sack race that utilizes large, burlap bean sacks. 

John Moriarty, Laconia Mainstreet Initiative president, came up with the idea of hosting a coffee festival while ordering coffee filters online. He saw that commercial coffee trade shows exist but couldn’t find any coffee festivals. 
“When we took this idea out to people around the state, no one had ever heard of a coffee festival,” he said. “But when 3,000 people showed up at the first festival in the first hour, we knew we were on to something.”
Intentionally labeled a New Hampshire coffee festival, the event has a broad reach, featuring businesses from across the state. But since it’s held and hosted in Laconia, the event will highlight two local purveyors — Wayfarer Coffee Roasters and Woodshed Roasting Company — as well as the city’s coffee scene. 
“We do have a growing coffee scene as evidenced by two really high-quality coffee roasters,” Moriarty said. “I think this demonstrates that Laconia is a city on the move. … It just exudes a high-quality lifestyle and that is reinforced by these great coffee opportunities.”
Cari Ordway, coffee festival chairperson, said coffee-related products will be for sale (like decorated coffee scoops from Elegantly Eclectic) as well as coffee-inspired food from The Holy Grail Restaurant and Pub, Local Eatery and Rollin’ in the Dough. There will also be a coffee symposium, she said.
Eddie Giunta from Cafe Monte Alto in Plymouth will lead a segment called “From Our Farm To Your Cup: Three Generations On Our Coffee Plantation in Peru,” and Ben Bullerwell of Wayfarer Coffee Roasters will discuss getting started as a home roaster. Emeran Langmaid, owner of A&E Coffee and Tea, will lead a latte art throwdown.
“We definitely traversed the state and sought people out because we really do want this to be a high-quality event, so we hand-selected the first vendors,” Moriarty said.
Admission for the festival is free and includes the entertainment, symposium and java games for kids. Throughout the festival the Jonathan Lorentz Jazz Trio will perform on the mainstage, providing festival-goers with the “quintessential coffee soundtrack,” Moriarty said. 





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