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Coffee Fest announces Seattle line-up.

Coffee Fest has been selected for the second year in a row as one of Tradeshow Week's "50 Fastest Growing Shows" in North America. Winners are chosen based on percentage of growth in exhibit space as well as growth of total net square footage. From 2002 through 2004, Coffee Fest Las Vegas grew nearly 70% in these areas.

Following up on this, Coffee Fest has scheduled the following events for its 2005 Seattle show, to be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center from October 28-30.

Coffee Fest's popular three-day specialty coffee business seminar presenters, Kent Holloway, David J. 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. Classes cost $269 per person. Sessions will occur from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as rlore 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. IASC Barista Certification testing will also occur at Coffee Fest Seattle. Interested baristi may visit www.coffefest.com for more information. Cost for the testing is $69.

Coffee Fest is hosting, in conjunction with Stirling Gourmet Flavors, the second "Stifling Signature Beverage Open," a free-form competition designed to shine a spotlight on quality and creativity in beverage making. Open to professionals as well as amateurs, this competition will occur from 12:30p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 12:30 until 2:30 on Sunday, Two cash prizes of $500 each will be awarded--one for best-tasting beverage and one for most creative beverage.

The Millrock Latte Art Competition presented by Tea & Coffee Trade Journal will feature some of the country's finest latte artists competing head-to-head. Preliminary rounds will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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, 2nd place with $500 and 3rd place with $250.

Six hands-on latre art classes will be held at Coffee Fest's Millrock Latte Art Competition venue: 12:30 until 2:30 on Friday and Saturday and 3p.m. until 5p.m. on Sunday, including two each on Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday, Admission for each class is $99; classes are limited to six students each.

The first 1,500 attendees to walk through the exhibition doors will receive a custom reusable burlap gift bag chock-full of great items, including one pound of fresh-roasted coffee from Fidalgo Bay Coffee Roasters, a TimeMug coffee tumbler, a package of Smooth 'n Melty Mints with Nonpareils from Guittard Chocolate Company, a scented pen from Java Jot, a one-year subscription to Barista Magazine and a vegan cookie and brownie.

Last, but certainly not least, Coffee Fest invites attendees and exhibitors to "Get Down Tonight" at a special reception featuring KC and the Sunshine Band!

All of the above is in addition to Coffee Fest's usual line-up of more than 65 educational sessions and focused exhibition featuring more than 265 booths. Coffee Fest is dedicated in the growth and proliferation of the specialty coffee, gourmet tea and alternative beverage industries. More information can be obtained at www.coffeefest.com or by calling (1)(425) 283-5058.
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Date:Oct 20, 2005
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