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Coffee Fest Dallas: a testament to the strength of South Central Coffee & Tea Market

Coffee Fest Dallas 2016 was a testament to the strength of the South Central Coffee & Tea Market

Dallas TX – Coffee Fest is excited to announce the results of its just completed show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas TX. With a weekend full of enthusiasm from attendees, competitors, exhibitors and sponsors, Coffee Fest Dallas was a tremendous success for all. The American gourmet coffee tea trade show hosted a series of competitions designed to enlighten, educate and entertain. Below you’ll find the winners that were crowned at Coffee Fest Dallas this past weekend:

Best New Products: More attendees visit trade shows to see and evaluate new products than for any other reason. At Coffee Fest, new products debuted within the past eight months are broken into two categories and judged by industry experts based on innovation and retailer appeal. Coffee Fest Dallas saw the south central debut of the Friday Morning “New Product Showdown” sponsored by Selby Soft. 18 companies had five minutes each to extoll the merits of their new products to the panel of four judges and the audience in attendance. Once all the presentations were complete and the dust had settled the Best New Products were recognized and rewarded as follows:
Consumable
1st Place: Pacific Tradewinds Coffee Co – TexaKona Krackle
2nd Place: Dr. Smoothie – Café Essentails
3rd Place: Monin – Cookie Butter Syrup

Non-Consumable
1st Place: Ghirardelli – Maximo Sauce Dispensing System
2nd Place: Firstbuild – Prisma Cold Brew Coffee Maker
3rd Place: OneVessel – h2go Nexus

People’s Choice
New at Coffee Fest is the chance for attendees to cast their vote for their favorite new product. Attendees chose from the 18 new products that participated in the New Product Showdown, which were also displayed in the Product Showcases all weekend. It was a close race but Pacific Tradewinds Coffee Co emerged victorious taking The People’s Choice Award with their TexaKona Krackle, which also took first place honors with Best New Consumable Product!

People’s Choice Award
Pacific Tradewinds Coffee Co – TexaKona Krackle

Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open
1st Place: Shinsaku Fukayama – Sensory Lab; Washington, D.C.
Shinsaku-san poured his trademark “Samurai Tulip” each round and ultimately to his first Championship..
2nd Place: Antione Franklin – Phoenix Coffee Co; Cleveland, OH
3rd Place: Nobumasa Shimoyama – Superrandom; Brighton Australia
America’s Best Espresso
The finalists for the America’s Best Espresso 2016 Western Region competition were:
1st Place) Ipsento – Chicago, IL
2nd Place) Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters – Rochester, MI
3rd Place) West Oak Coffee Bar – Denton TX
Each of the top three earned their share of the $3,500 purse and a coveted spot in the 2015/2016 ABE Grand Championship at Coffee Fest Nashville, 2017.

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.

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