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WORLD OF COFFEE ENDS ON A HIGH

Europe’s largest coffee industry event, SCAE World of Coffee, Rimini 2014, ended on a high note with the announcement of the winners of the three world coffee competitions, which took place at Rimini Fiera Business Space in Rimini, Italy.  The three-day event was packed with: workshops, competitions, the World Roasters Summit, forums and the trade fair also produced a number of other winners throughout the show including the New Product of the Show Awards, the SCAE Awards for Excellence and the SCAE Coffee Photography Competition.

World Coffee Events (WCE), a sister company to SCAE, announced the 2014 World Barista Champion, the World Coffee Roasting Champion and the World Brewers Cup champion.

The 2014 World Barista Champion is Hidenori Izaki from Japan, the 2014 World Brewers Cup Champion is Stefanos Domatiotis from Greece, and the2014 World Coffee Roasting Champion is Yu-Chuan Jacky from Taiwan.

A total of 54 National Barista Champions, 27 National Brewers Cup Champions and 9 World Coffee Roasting Champions competed in the 15th World Barista Championship, 4th World Brewers Cup and 2nd World Coffee Roasting Championship.

All three Championships took place over four competition days at the World of Coffee in Rimini, Italy, as part of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe’s, annual coffee event. Over 5,000 coffee fans from Europe and around the globe attended the event, and over 57,000 unique viewers streamed the competitions live online.

Also victorious, were the winners of the New Product of the Show Awards. Especially designed to highlight the new products and services for 2014 from the exhibitors present at SCAE World of Coffee Rimini. The following companies proudly accepted theirawards…

For ‘Best Coffee Related Product or Machine’

– WINNER:  Behmor Ltd – Brazen Plus

– HIGHLY COMMENDED:  Cropster – Color Track Integration

For ‘Best Non-Coffee Beverage’

– WINNER:   Espresso Warehouse – Spiced Chocolate Abyss

– HIGHLY COMMENDED:   Suki Tea – Dark Cocoa Tea

And finally for ‘Best In-Store Product or Service’

–       WINNER:    BeansUp

Mr David Veal, Executive Director of the SCAE announced at the show that SCAE World of Coffee 2015 will take place in the spectacular location of Gothenburg, Sweden. The WCE also announced that they will be bringing the World Brewers Cup Championship, the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, The World Latte Art Championship and the World Coffee Roasting Championship to SCAE World of Coffee, Gothenburg, 16-18 June 2015.  These events are used by the WCE to engage the speciality coffee community and promote coffee excellence and quality worldwide. More information at www.worldcoffeeevents.org

The annual SCAE Awards for Excellence were also presented at the show.  Sponsored by BUNN the awards were presented by SCAE Board Member, Lina Chiodo from BUNN.

The five awards were as follows:

Young Entrepreneur:

Presented to an enthusiastic member of the coffee industry, preferably under 30 years old. This person shows drive to persevere in their field to be successful in the trade. The winner:  Marta Dalton

The Passionate Educator:

This is presented to anyone who has made a concerted effort to communicate to others the wonderful pleasure that coffee can bring us.  The Winner: Peter Hernou of Belgium 

The Innovation Award:

Someone who has successfully produced something new to promote the quality of coffee. This could be in the production of drinks, promotion of the product, development of machinery and equipment or any other innovative idea. The winner: Cropster Ltd

Working Towards Sustainability :

This award is presented to a smallholder, estate, cooperative, mill or farm in an origin who is working by adapting farming methods or coffee preparation to improve the environment.  The Winner: La  Capucas (Cocafcal) 

Lifetime Achievement:

This person has stood the Test of Time. A person who has furthered the interests of the industry by promoting the concept of quality coffee in a statesmanlike manner. The winning person is recognised for their experience and knowledge of the trade, having their focus on the promotion of quality. The winner: Yiannis Taloumis

SCAE’s Annual Coffee Photography Competition received the most entries this year and made for a very intersting exhibition at the show . The winners were:

1st  placeAli al Diwani – Yemin

2ndplaceSamir Tiati – France

3rdplace – Ronald de Hommel – The Coffee Quest

For more information about the show visit www.worldofcoffee-rimini.com

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