If you’re in London this weekend, join us on Saturday at Uppers & Downers, afestival of coffee beers in Hackney.

Uppers & Downers began in 2013 as a conversation between Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser and World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey about the lack of creativity and sophistication in coffee beers. Fast forward five years and Uppers & Downers has grown into a series of immersive and collaborative coffee/beer experiences.

Last year, Uppers & Downers made the leap across the pond for it’s first eventin London, and this year the event has grown to feature more brewers, moreroasters, and more chocolate!

We’ll be setting up shop in Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick, on Saturday May19th from 12pm – 5pm.  This awesome venue is just a stone’s throw from theOlympic Park, and the event promises to be lots of fun for both coffee andbeer fans alike.

Tickets are priced at £45, and this gets you admittance to the 5-hour event, and includes a glass, small swag, and as many shots of espresso and 100ml pours of coffee-beer as you’d like to enjoy!   To buy tickets, click here…

If you’re in London this weekend, join us on Saturday at Uppers & Downers, afestival of coffee beers in Hackney.

Uppers & Downers began in 2013 as a conversation between Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser and World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey about the lack of creativity and sophistication in coffee beers. Fast forward five years and Uppers & Downers has grown into a series of immersive and collaborative coffee/beer experiences.

Last year, Uppers & Downers made the leap across the pond for it’s first eventin London, and this year the event has grown to feature more brewers, moreroasters, and more chocolate!

We’ll be setting up shop in Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick, on Saturday May19th from 12pm – 5pm.  This awesome venue is just a stone’s throw from theOlympic Park, and the event promises to be lots of fun for both coffee and beer fans alike.

Tickets are priced at £45, and this gets you admittance to the 5-hour event, and includes a glass, small swag, and as many shots of espresso and 100ml pours of coffee-beer as you’d like to enjoy!   To buy tickets, click here…

This May, we are collaborating with Canopy Market, the weekly independent market at King’s Cross, to host a one-off celebration of all things cocoa for a weekend of total sensory pleasure. From the 11th – 13th of May, Canopy will host a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under the market’s beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof.

With a focus on bean-to-bar producers, visitors will be able to try rare, single-origin chocolates and meet the international chocolate specialists themselves, some of whom are bringing their wares to Canopy Market all the way from South America. The line-up, curated by Cocoa Runners, purveyors of the world’s finest craft chocolate, will include the award-winning Pump Street Bakery, who hand-make small batch chocolate in Orford and from Caracas, Venezuela (one of the world’s most famous growing regions and considered the cradle and homeland of cocoa itself), Franceschi Chocolate will bring their rescued heritage Criollo and Trinitario cacao varieties to London.  Former Formula 1 engineer Duffy will be bringing his internationally renowned craft chocolate bars from Lincolnshire.

True cocoa aficionados and chocolate lovers will also be able to discover and enjoy rare and unusual filled chocolates crafted from single origin cacao and raw cocoa nibs, the crushed cacao bean and the very best, velvety drinking chocolate.

A series of chocolate tastings led by the chocolate producers themselves will give visitors the opportunity to learn about and try a range of chocolate, as well as explore its versatility with sessions on themes such as chocolate and beer and chocolate and wine pairings. Jenny Linford will be speaking about the role played by time as The Missing Ingredient in craft chocolate.  Matt Lindley will be speaking about craft chocolate makers in the UK and his new book, Bean to Bar Britain, while Ruth Spivvy, Founder of Wine Car Boot will be hosting a chocolate and wine pairing session.  Brett Beach from MIA will be speaking about the opportunities (and challenges!) of crafting chocolate at origin and Pablo Spaull will be leading us on a chocolate meditation.

Access to the festival is free of charge, and you can buy tickets to any presentation (priced from £5) at Cocoa Runners on Eventbrite.

Craft Chocolate Stall Holders
Aztec Gold (Friday only)
Chocolarder
Dormouse (Saturday & Sunday)
Duffy’s Red Star
Forever Cacao (Friday only)
Franceschi
JCocoa
JK Fine Chocolates
MIA
Pump Street Chocolate
Tosier

Cocoa Runners and the IICCT will also have stalls across the weekend.  The chocolate special will take part alongside the regular market, featuring street food from Arancini Bros, Growlers and The Big MELT, a craft beer bar, English Wine and Italian Natural wines, artisan food producers and craft traders including Earl of East London’s hand-poured scented candles, unique handmade jewellery from Nabi London and Turkish hammam towels at Pur London.

 

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Event at Prufrock Coffee in Leather Lane.

This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocolate, and is a great place to start your craft chocolate adventure.

Here at Cocoa Runners, we’ve enjoyed tasting bars from artisan makers from all four corners of the globe. Tonight we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive tour of the world’s finest craft chocolates.

We’ll go under the hood of craft chocolate bars, looking in detail at the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar. With makers from Cleethorpes to Copenhagen, Woodbridge to Warsaw and San Fancisco to Saigon, we’ll be tasting a wide range of bars along the way.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us at team@cocoarunners.com.

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Event at Prufrock Coffee in Leather Lane.

This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocolate, and is a great place to start your craft chocolate adventure.

Here at Cocoa Runners, we’ve enjoyed tasting bars from artisan makers from all four corners of the globe. Tonight we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive tour of the world’s finest craft chocolates.

We’ll go under the hood of craft chocolate bars, looking in detailat the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar. With makers from Cleethorpes to Copenhagen, Woodbridge to Warsaw and San Fancisco to Saigon, we’ll be tasting a wide range of bars along the way.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us atteam@cocoarunners.com.

The Chocolate Show is returning to London for its fifth edition. It’s known as chocolate heaven with every chocolate out there ready to taste including, truffles, bars, brownies and cakes.

Some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:

A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and many countries around the world will introduce their new creations!

Celebrity chefs who will be showing off their skills on the Chocolate Theatre, with demonstrations taking place across the weekend !

Find out more and buy your tickets here.

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Event at Prufrock Coffee in Leather Lane.

This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocolate, and is a great place to start your craft chocolate adventure.

Here at Cocoa Runners, we’ve enjoyed tasting bars from artisan makers from all four corners of the globe. Tonight we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive tour of the world’s finest craft chocolates.

We’ll go under the hood of craft chocolate bars, looking in detailat the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar. With makers from Cleethorpes to Copenhagen, Woodbridge to Warsaw and San Fancisco to Saigon, we’ll be tasting a wide range of bars along the way.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us atteam@cocoarunners.com.

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Evening at Prufrock Coffee in Farringdon.

Europe has a rich heritage of chocolate making.  A certain prestige is attached to European cocoa, with our chocolate having the reputation for being luscious, smooth, and creamy.  The same cannot be said for bars made by our neighbours from across the pond.

It’s fair to say that American chocolate has a far from stellar reputation – mainstream chocolate from the USA is often thought of as nothing more than sugar filled candy.  But to dismiss the latest wave of North American makers would be to miss out on some of the finest bars being made in the world today…

In fact, today, North America is leading the craft chocolate revolution.  There are over 400 craft chocolate makers in north America, crafting bars from beans from all around the world.  What’s more, through projects such as Uncommon Cacao pioneering chocolate makers such as Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza, are going one step further, and helping to share some of the world’s rarest beans with up and coming makers around the world.

While we love to take you on a round the world tour of craft chocolate, tonight we’ll be taking a moment to compare and contrast bars made in Europe with those crafted in North America.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us at team@cocoarunners.com.

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Evening at Prufrock Coffee in Farringdon.  This evening we’ll be joined by a craft chocolate maker who will share the story of how they got into craft chocolate, which origins they favour, and which other makers they truly rate.  Finally, they’ll take part in a battle of the bars with the Cocoa Runners Team, raiding our chocolate library to share their favourite milk and dark chocolate bars.

Tonight we’ll be joined by Ama from Lucocoa.  Ama has been crafting cacao in north London for a littel over two years, with her partner Andy.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us at team@cocoarunners.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to popular demand this event is now fully booked.

Join us for this Cocoa Runners Tasting Event at Prufrock Coffee in Leather Lane.

This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocoalte, and is a great place to start your craft chocolate adventure.

Here at Cocoa Runners, we’ve enjoyed tasting bars from artisan makers from all four corners of the globe.  Tonight we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive tour of the world’s finest craft chocolates.

We’ll go under the hood of craft chocolate bars, looking in detail at the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar. With makers from Cleethorpes to Copenhagen, Woodbridge to Warsaw and San Fancisco to Saigon, we’ll be tasting a wide range of bars along the way.

The tasting will start promptly at 7pm.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, everyone is welcome.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Farringdon, but the venue is also a short stroll from Chancery Lane and City Thameslink.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, you can email us at team@cocoarunners.com.