Get Caffeinated at This Weekend's Shanghai Indie Coffee Festival

By Justine Lopez, July 6, 2018

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The coffee scene is booming in China’s major cities. In April, Beijing celebrated its bustling and vibrant coffee scene with the first-ever Indie Coffee Festival – an entire festival dedicated to everybody’s favorite caffeinated beverage. Industry professionals and coffee geeks from around the world gathered in the capital to sample coffee beverages and partake in all sorts of fun activities. 

If you missed out on all the fun, fear not. The Indie Coffee Festival is coming to Shanghai! This weekend, Woodstock and Soloist are joining forces to put on what is sure to be an exciting, coffee-fueled festival.  Whether you’re a newbie, an aficionado or just a total coffee nerd, this is the festival for you. 

Over 40 of the world’s best coffee brands will share their products at this summer’s Shanghai Indie Coffee Festival. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

Portola Coffee Lab (USA)

Portola Coffee Lab is based in LA and has some of the best specialty coffee in the world. Portola was selected as Micro Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine.

Blooom Coffee Roasters (Macau)

Blooom provides a complete coffee experience in Macau. Customers can participate in every stage of the coffee producing process, including roasting and brewing. 

Halfway Coffee (Hong Kong)

Halfway Coffee is located in the old region of Hong Kong. It’s known for its vintage décor, traditional culture and unique brews. 

Redmeow Coffee (Hong Kong)

Redmeow Coffee is dedicated to using various roasters to find different flavors. Alex Tai, the founder of Redmeow is constantly traveling around the world in search of the latest coffee trends and best beans. 

The Corner (Hong Kong)

The Corner is part of Punchy Coffee, an online dealer of coffee beans. The Corner roasts its beans on site and is constantly expanding its already impressive selection.  

Urban Coffee Roaster (Hong Kong)

Urban Coffee Roaster was founded in Hong Kong in 2014 and has become known for their excellent brews.

WPM (Hong Kong)

WPM has been a major player in the industry since 2005. Today, WPM has more than 50 labs in China.


Not only will the Shanghai Indie Coffee Festival feature all sorts of different beans, brews and beverages but there will also be an array of coffee-related products on display. Think fashion accessories created by independent designers, environmentally friendly reusable cups, vinyl records and so much more. 

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There will also be tons of desserts and snacks to choose from and performances, live music and activities to keep you entertained. Have your portrait drawn by an artist, participate in a master barista competition, sample a Baileys Flat White Martini or listen to experts discuss the future of coffee in China. 

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There’s a lot going on at this weekend’s Indie Coffee Festival, thanks to the sponsorship of OATLY. So you are a barista? Perfect. This carton of barista edition oat drink is based on liquid oats which means it isn’t overly sweet or excessively heavy. What it is, is fully foamable putting you in total control over the density and performance of your foam so you can showcase your latte art skillz, sorry we mean skills. Anyway, give it a try and see what you think. We are here for you from now on, whenever you are ready. So you are a non-barista? Also perfect. Just heat this barista edition oat drink in a container while giving it a whirl until it foams up nicely and then pour yourself a latte without milk. And if you don’t feel like a latte you will be happy to know that this product tastes just as amazing if you drink it straight or pour it on your granola or put it to work with your cooking skills. But let’s keep that to us non-baristas, okay?



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