October is almost gone. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the weather’s getting colder. We’re already swapping our filter coffees for all sorts of cinnamon swirl goodness and pumpkin-spiced gorgeousness.

So what better time to enjoy a celebration of all things coffee? Cup North, the Manchester Coffee Festival, welcomes an array of industry professionals, home baristas, coffee lovers and the general public from across the nation to Victoria Warehouse next month.

The festival programme has definitely moved up a notch from last year’s offering.

This year sees the return of coffee roasters like Climpson and Sons, Allpress, Clifton Coffee, Origin and Union who supply local coffee houses Fig and Sparrow, Trove, Takk, Foundation and Another Heart to Feed.

Manchester’s very own Heart & Graft and Ancoats Coffee Co will be back showcasing their seasonal offer and telling the tales of their relationship with their favourite coffee producers. Sounds mighty fine to us.

The biggest coffee festival in the north is coming to Manchester I Love Manchester

The Sustainability Hub, sponsored by Vegware, will promote a healthy discussion around the subject and will see the introduction of ReThink Coffee – a series of hands-on workshops led by ReFashionReFood.

And Tamper Tantrum will host a discussion forum revolving around the lessons learnt from other craft beverage industries.

Coffee lovers will be able to get their mitts on lots of tasty speciality brews from around the globe, take part in hands-on workshops with a sustainability theme, learn how to make the perfect brew at home from industry professionals, and get the opportunity to meet the people behind their favourite coffee shops and coffee roasters.

Take that, Starbucks.

Manchester Coffee Festival takes place on 4th and 5th November. Tickets cost £10 per day or £18 for a weekend pass and are now on sale here. #bargain.

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