Atlanta, GA (February 19, 2015) – Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015 was filled with 170 exhibitors and nearly 2,500 trade-only attendees. The competitions at Coffee Fest Atlanta were participated in by both new and seasoned professionals but an undeniable thrill for all including onlookers.
The competitions at Coffee Fest Atlanta were fierce with many coming to win. In the Latte Art World Championship Open Atlanta, Kenny Smith of Sunergos Coffee in Louisville, KY earned first place in the competition. Smith had previously placed twice before in the championship but this year his hard work paid off. John Letoto from Blacksmith in Houston, TX, came in second place. Third place was achieved this year by Nicely Abel from Menotti’s Coffee Stop in Venice, CA.
America’s Best Espresso Atlanta competition was won by the underdog this year: Copper Horse Coffee Roasters from Ithaca, NY. Marketing Manager, Kelsie Raunio commented, “These guys have a very bright future indeed. Coming in here and winning this competition and having not even been a company six months ago is a herculean accomplishment.” The second place winner was Bold Bean Coffee Roasters in Jacksonville, FL and the third place winner was Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa, FL.
NOT SPONSORED BY DA VINCI ANY MORE America’s Best Coffeehouse Atlanta competition was won by veteran competitor Peregrine Espresso from Washington D.C. Second place went to Seeds Coffee from Birmingham, AL. Finally, third place was won by The Black Water Loft from Floyd, VA.
Coffeehouses and baristas were not the only ones who came to win this year at Coffee Fest Atlanta, so did both consumable and non-consumable products. The best Coffee Fest Consumable Product this year was Beverage Innovations’ Tropics Refreshers, an invigorating and refreshing caffeine drink. Second place went to Aroma Ridge’s delectable “Wicked Jack’s Rum Raisin Rum Cake. Third place was won by Jindilli Beverages’ Milkadamia, the first macadamia milk made especially for baristas with a beautiful foam.
The Best Nonconsumable Product of Coffee Fest Atlanta was Sleeve Right, a fully recyclable and reusable coffee sleeve that works for both hot and cold beverages. Second place in noncomsubale products was won by Akiva Shapiro’s innovative Airflow Cooling Lid and third place went to North Atlantic Specialty Bag’s biocompostable Single Serve Cups.
To learn more about Coffee Fest and register for attendance or to exhibit please visit www.coffeefest.com.
About Coffee Fest
Coffee Fest has been celebrating coffee long before coffee was “hot”. In 1992, they gathered coffee professionals together in Seattle for their first coffee festival. After several years of hosting thriving consumer events, Coffee Fest turned its focus toward the specialty coffee, gourmet tea and alternative beverage industry bringing retailers, distributors and manufacturers together for its first retail “trade only show” in 1998. With a mission to help attendees build and refine their specialty coffee businesses, they coupled a relevant educational program with a friendly, informative, and enjoyable trade show floor creating a successful show that serves as a touchstone for many in the specialty coffee industry. Today Coffee Fest produces three trade shows annually, strategically positioned in the eastern, central and western United States.