World of Coffee (WOC), Europe’s largest coffee trade show organized by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), has come to a close at the Messe Berlin. Nearly 12.000 coffee professionals, best roasters of the industry and respected experts descended on the German capital for three days to network on the show floor, take part in the most extensive lecture series to date, and to watch over eighty competitors take the stage at the Berlin World Coffee Championships.
Below highlights, insights and more.
An introduction of coffee tasting or better known as cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals known as “Q Graders”. A standard coffee cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then loudly slurping the coffee so it spreads to the back of the tongue. The coffee taster attempts to measure aspects of the coffee’s taste, specifically the body, the texture or mouthfeel, such as oiliness, sweetness, acidity, flavour and aftertaste. Since coffee beans embody telltale flavours from the region where they were grown, cuppers may attempt to identify the coffee’s origin.
Below are pictures of a cupping session I participated with coffee beans from Africa. Their coffee beans are mainly from the variety arabica which are normally very acid and sweet. Take a look!
THE COFFEE JACKET AND THE ART OF UPCYCLING
At the fair we were also able to see sustainable products such as the coffee jacket. Every single jacket is unique and only of its kind with only carefully selecting bags from all over the world, made of jute 100% sustainable fibre, inside delicately lined with high quality viscose. Looking scratchy but feeling fanstasticlly soft on the skin. Natural olive tree buttons and authentic prints from the coffee farms this is only a premium quality manufactory work. More info go check www.the-coffee-jacket.com
Eighty champions from around the globe competed in Berlin at the 2019 World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Cup Tasters, and Cezve/Ibrik Championships, which took place inside the WOC trade show. The competitions are organized by World Coffee Events, the competition events management organization of the SCA. The newly-crowned champions are listed below. Visit WCE’s website for the full rankings of each event: https://www.worldcoffeeevents.org/
– World Latte Art Champion: Manuela Fensore, Italy
– World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion: Dan Fellows, United Kingdom
– World Cup Tasters Champion: Daniel Horbat, Ireland
– World Cezve/Ibrik Champion: Sergey Blinnikov, Russia
See you in WARSAW 2020