No 30

ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia 2016 received over 13,800 visitors

October, 2016


ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia 2016 received over 13,800 visitors

As an exceptional specialty coffee showcase and meeting point between producers and buyers, it continues consolidating itself as the most important specialty coffee expo in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Under the motto “Colombia, Land of Diversity,” the 9th edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia, which took place from October 5 to 8, closed with 13,809 national and foreign visitors.

On a surface of over 3000 m2 and with over 100 exhibitors in 7 pavilions of Corferias, in Bogota, ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia, as exceptional showcase and true meeting point between producers and buyers, continues consolidating itself as the most important specialty coffee expo in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

In this edition of the expo, which integrates the entire coffee chain from seed to cup (including producers, representatives of producers, manufacturers and distributors of machinery and equipment, researchers, extensionists, roasters and traders), for the first time all the coffee departments were represented, and a broad number of coffee farmers came from them.

Record price for a Colombian coffee

As main innovation for this ninth edition, the awards ceremony and auction of the first national coffee quality competition “Colombia, Land of Diversity” took place.


Among 59 finalists from a total of 1,360 coffee lots received from all over the country, evaluated according to a unique and innovative protocol, coffees from Tolima, Nariño and Cauca were the winners of the competition for the attributes of acidity, balance, body, mildness and exoticness (in the category of small lots) and as best estate coffee in the category of large lots.

The coffee produced by José Anargel Rodriguez, from the municipality of Ibagué, Tolima, was the competition´s big winner, as his coffee lot won both for the acidity and exoticness attributes.

In the subsequent and exciting live auction of the 25 best coffees of the contest, Rodríguez’s coffee achieved a record price of US$ 50.5 per pound, confirming the great enthusiasm and response by the international buyers who attended this first edition of the auction.

Great attendance and participation in championships

Two events of great tradition held within the framework of ExpoEspeciales, the Colombian Barista Championship and the National Cup Tasters Championship (this year in its eleventh and sixth edition, respectively) also attracted a large number of attendees.

Armero, a coffee grower and cup taster of the Association of Producers of La Unión (AsproUnión), Nariño, is the new national cup tasters champion and will represent Colombia in the next World Cup Tasters Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

With the experience of having won the national championship in 2010, the 33 year old defeated the other three finalists by a wide margin: eight correct answers in 2 minutes 26 seconds and 41 hundredths.



In the 11th Colombian Barista Championship, Diego Fernando Campos, of Amor Perfecto, was the winner and will represent Colombia at the world championship to be held in Seoul, South Korea. 

Campos had already won the national championship some years ago. In the competition, baristas have 15 minutes to brew three different drinks (an espresso, a drink with milk and a design beverage) to be presented, each, to four judges, for a total of 12 drinks.



Enriching academic agenda and women as protagonists

The academic agenda of the expo, as every year, was of great interest for attendees, including a large number of coffee farmers who attended the main auditorium of Corferias.

And as a confirmation of the important advances in gender equity in Colombia’s coffee sector, women again played a leading role in this edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia.

Producers, leaders of associations, guild representatives, cup tasters and baristas were protagonists in the ninth edition of the most important specialty coffee expo in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Held for the first time in 2008 to encourage and showcase production of differentiated Colombian coffees, in 2011 the fourth edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia received over 19,000 visitors, being the venue in Bogota of the World Barista Championship, which brought together 54 barista champions from all continents and their respective delegations.

In 2015, ExpoEspeciales was the venue of the IV Convention of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), with representatives from 30 countries, including many coffee-growing women, and received over 13,000 national and international visitors.


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