If you are a coffee lover and are looking for an exciting idea for a weekend getaway, we have a proposal that will interest you. The Milan Coffee Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious events dedicated to this aromatic and stimulating brew, will take place from 2-4.12.2023. It is the perfect opportunity to learn about the different types and ways of brewing coffee, try new flavours and aromas, and admire the skills of the best baristas worldwide. And all this is accompanied by art, music and delicious food. Sound tempting? Read to the end and find out more about this extraordinary festival.
A few words about the Coffee Festival.
The Milan Coffee Festival is an event held annually since 2017 and is part of the international series of coffee festivals organised by Allegra Events. It is an event aimed at coffee professionals and lovers who want to expand their knowledge and experience of the beverage. The Milan Coffee Festival offers an extensive programme of events, workshops, tastings, demonstrations and exhibitions at Superstudio Più, a modern exhibition and cultural centre in the Tortona district.
At the Coffee Festival, you can spend a whole filled with coffee-related activities:
- The Lab – is where you will attend exciting presentations, discussions and workshops led by experts from the coffee industry. Here, you can learn about the history, culture, agriculture, trade and quality of coffee, as well as new trends and technologies related to coffee production and brewing.
- The Roasters Village – is an area where you can discover the diversity of flavours and aromas of coffees from different regions of the world, as well as learn about the process of roasting the beans and how this affects the quality of the brew itself.
- The Coffee Mixologists – is where baristas and bartenders showcase their skills, creating unusual coffee-based cocktails. You can also taste these original creations and vote for your favourite Coffee Mixologist contestant here.
- The Coffee Art Project – is an exhibition of artistic works inspired by coffee or made using coffee. You can enjoy a variety of creative expressions such as painting, sculpture, photography or installation. It is also where you will support the festival’s charitable cause, Project Waterfall, dedicated to bringing clean water to coffee-growing communities in Africa.
- The Street Food Market – is where you will taste delicious street food perfectly matched with coffee. You’ll also find different types of cuisine, from Italian to Asian, vegan and gluten-free. You can also enjoy other drinks here, such as tea, juice or beer.
How will you get to the Coffee Festival?
The Coffee Festival is easily accessible from the city and airport. You can get here by metro, bus, tram, taxi or bicycle. If you want to go to the festival from Poland, one of the most convenient and cheapest ways is to use the coach offer. In our search, you will find many connections from various cities in Poland. The bus journey takes about 20 hours, so it is worth planning your trip for the whole weekend to have a few more moments to explore the city and relax.
What do you see in Milan on the occasion of the Coffee Festival?
Milan is a city full of tourist attractions, both famous and not-so-popular, that will delight any traveller:
Duomo Cathedral – is the symbol and heart of Milan, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. It impresses with an imposing façade with over 3,000 sculptures and 135 turrets. Its interior is full of works of art and relics, and its roof overlooks the city’s beautiful landscape and the Alps.
Galeria Vittorio Emanuele II – is the oldest shopping mall in Europe and one of the most elegant places in Milan. Here, you’ll admire its neo-Renaissance architecture with iron structures and glass roofs and visit luxury shops and restaurants. And remember the tradition of turning your heel on the brass bull in the mosaic depicting the Turin coat of arms – this is supposed to bring good luck.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci – is one of the most significant Renaissance and world art masterpieces. It is located on the wall of the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is a fresco depicting the Last Supper of Jesus scene with the apostles, full of symbolism and emotion. Be aware. However, to see this work of art, you must book in advance online or over the phone – visitor numbers are limited, and dates are often sold out.
Sforza Castle – is a massive fortress from the 15th century that was the seat of the Milanese rulers of the Sforza family. Here, you will visit the castle courtyard, gardens, and the museums inside. Here you will find, among other things, a collection of ancient and medieval art, musical instruments, furniture and interior decoration and the famous Pietà Rondanini.
So? Do we book a coach ticket and pack our bags? 😊