The end of this month is going to be an exciting few days for Miko Coffee – and everyone who wants to join in the fun. We will be exhibiting at the London Coffee Festival, an annual celebration of London’s bustling coffee scene – with more than 22,000 people expected to attend.

At the festival, we will have specially built brew bars showcasing our slow drip filter coffees, produced using the latest equipment, such as the Hario V60 and the Chemex Coffeemaker. Slow drip is a relatively new technique, producing a crisper coffee than espresso. Our baristas will be on hand to show you exactly how it’s done.

Even more exciting is the fact that a very special, limited edition anniversary machine will be in our midst – the Cimbali M100, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Cimbali brand by looking to the future. One of the most versatile coffee machines currently on the market, it boasts a new pressure profiling system. This gives the barista direct control over the pressure at any time during the extraction process, and more control over the flavour and texture of the finished drink.

But the main purpose of the event for us is to officially launch our newest brand of coffee, Freehand. Freehand is our most creative coffee, taking drinkers on a journey into the hearts of the countries where the coffee is farmed; the simple, brown paper bag-style packaging is adorned with beautiful artwork steeped in riddles, messages – and hidden coffee cups.

To that end, our most thrilling exhibit at the London Coffee Festival will be a special series of eight Freehand-branded black taxis. These will be in London for two weeks prior to the festival and for four weeks after, and are at the centre of two exciting competitions. One is a chance to win VIP tickets to the festival – and a ride in one of the taxis – simply by liking our page on Facebook. The other is our #freehandselfie competition; simply tag us on Facebook or Instagram with your silliest selfies, taken with or inside one of our Freehand taxis, and be in with a chance of winning some really unique coffee hampers!

April 30th can’t come soon enough. We can’t wait.

Are you going to join us?