No 29

The 9th Edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia Received over 13,800 Visitors

October, 2016

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The 9th Edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia Received over 13,800 Visitors

As a unique 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 Bogotá, ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia, as an 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 whole 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 there.

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.

The coffee produced by José Anargel Rodriguez, from the municipality of Ibagué, Tolima , was the big winner of the competition, as his coffee won both for the acidity and exoticness attributes. In the subsequent auction, his coffee achieved a record price of US$50.5 per pound.

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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 their eleventh and sixth edition, respectively), also attracted a large number of attendees and fans.

Eduardo Armero, a coffee grower and cup taster from the Association of Producers of La Unión (AsproUnión), 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.

 

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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.

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.

During the second day, coffee growers learned how, with good agronomic practices, they can substantially improve their profitability from the farm itself.

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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