Can gourmet coffee replace plastic beer glasses at music festivals?

Gourmet coffee is replacing plastic beer glasses at music festivals as concert-goers look for a more sophisticated drink.

or decades of average festival might offer a weak beer or other warm pints.

But now enjoyers can choose from a wide selection of hot and cold beers including the classic Espresso Martini.

Wojciech Tysler and Bewley’s team will make quality coffee the focus at Electric Picnic as music lovers return to Stradbally for the first time in three years.

Wojciech, a finalist at the World Barista Championship in Milan last year, said: “The quality of coffee at festivals in Ireland has always been a mixed coffee, but people’s tastes today have been raised more and they are asking for more”.

Tysler is part of the Bewley team that brought Fiesta of Flavor to Electric Picnic – inspired by the flavors of South America and the origins of coffee beans.

Earlier this year, Bewley’s became Electric Picnic’s official coffee partner after agreeing to a new three-year deal with Live Nation, the company behind both festivals.

“Coffee has been the highlight of the unexpected festival ever since people returned to big music gatherings this year, and we are going to give everyone a truly great experience at Electric Picnic with a wide range of different recipes and creations,” said top barista, who moved to Ireland from southern Poland 16 years ago.

The coffee offered at Electric Picnic is a single Colombian origin that he describes as “a light roasted coffee with a very bright and intense flavor, with hints of lemon and apricot”.

“It is exactly what the new generation of coffee drinkers are wanting now and is ideal for a festive crowd,” he said,

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“Today’s coffee drinkers know their stuff, and they don’t want to drink strong coffee when they’re at a music festival.”

Bewley’s Bodega will see diners offer newly created hot and cold beers as well as more traditional whites, Americanos and lattes.

“It’s exciting because it’s not just the traditional coffees we’ll be offering, we’ll be pouring more specialty drinks like espresso martinis,” said the barista, who was honored as the House of House. Barista Ireland Champion 2019 said.

In June, Wojciech and Bewley’s team caused a stir at the Kaleidoscope in Blessington, Co Wicklow, where the Espresso Martini is a popular choice among music lovers.

While the more traditional martini is famously tied to a certain undercover agent who prefers his shakes undisturbed, the plot also revolves around Bewley’s version of the caffeinated cocktail.

“It’s our secret recipe, and we do it in a slightly different way,” says Tysler.

“It was a huge hit during the summer and I’m sure all of our customers at Stradbally will love it too.

“I have been working with coffee since I moved to Ireland.

“My first job was clearing tables in a restaurant, but I quickly found myself fascinated by the textures the bartenders were creating on latte and cappuccino and I said to myself, ‘Okay,’ , I have to learn that’.

“Two months later, I was working on the machine and coffee has been my passion ever since.”

Electric Picnic takes place September 2-4 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Can gourmet coffee replace plastic beer glasses at music festivals?

Fry Electronics Team

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