Coffee Fest to return to Washington, DC, in February.
Coffee Fest's three-day specialty coffee business seminar presenters, Kent Holloway, David Morris, Tommy Thwaites and Greg Hartlein will host the Coffee Fest/International Academy of Specialty Coffee (IASC) Hands-On Barista Training, sponsored by Nuova Simonelli. IASC Barista Certification testing will also take place at Coffee Fest Seattle. Interested baristi may visit www.coffeefest.com for more information.
The Millrock Latte Art Competition will feature some of the country's finest latte artists going head-to-head. Preliminary rounds will occur on Friday and Saturday; on Sunday, the top 10 competitors from the previous two days' competitions will face-off. The winner will walk away with $1,000, second place with $500 and third place with $250.
In addition, Coffee Fest will present the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, hosted by Murky Coffee. Coffee Fest is also hosting, in conjunction with Stirling Gourmet Flavors, the third "Stirling Signature Beverage Open", a free-form competition designed to shine a spotlight on quality and creativity in beverage making. Two cash prizes of $500 each will be awarded--one for the best-tasting beverage and one for the most creative beverage.
Coffee Fest will also offer a Hands-On Smoothie Workshops, where participants will explore the fundamentals of blending profitable smoothies, how to get the most from one's equipment and how to choose the right ingredients. At the Coffee Cupping Workshop, participants will learn to evaluate the nuances and characteristics of different blends and growing regions. The first-ever Annual Roasters' Speakeasy; sponsored by Roast Magazine, will take place on Saturday, February 25. The Speakeasy will present an opportunity for roasters to discuss problems, tips, questions or share general info amongst peers. Six hands-on latte art classes will again occur at Coffee Fest's Millrock Latte Art Competition venue, taught by Chris DeFerio of Carriage House Coffee in Ithaca, New York.
The show will also feature the usual line-up of more than 65 educational sessions and focused exhibition featuring more than 200 booths.
Coffee Fest, 13555 SE 36th St #230, Bellevue, Washington 98006. Tel: (1)(425) 283-5058, Web: www.coffeefest.com.