Coffee. Don’t we love to love it? It’s your morning energy cup, the fuel of the day but in Cyprus, the coffee culture goes way beyond just being a wake-up beverage. Coffee is a ritual, whether you make it traditionally in a pot on the stove or grab it from one of the many speciality coffee shops around town. Moving on from the frappe craze and starting to appreciate coffee bean varieties and blends, the coffee culture on the island has grown in the past few years and now that our favourite coffee shops can deliver it to our homes in less than 20 minutes, coffee has become an even bigger part of our life. Celebrating great coffee is the first Limassol Coffee Festival so get your taste buds ready!
From October 15 to 17 at Limassol Marina, coffee enthusiasts and industry professionals can enjoy and learn the secrets of what makes good coffee. The best coffee brands and roasters, music and street food all come together in a weekend full of good vibes and lots of coffee! For the first time, an international coffee festival with exhibitors from Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Israel and Ukraine arrives on the island and there is lots to look forward to.
Industry leaders and World Champions are visiting Cyprus to conduct courses accredited by the Speciality Coffee Association and tailor-made workshops, a unique opportunity for professional baristas to upgrade their skills. Four workshops are: Barista skills, brewing, sensory skills and green coffee. Apart from courses there will also be coaching labs focusing on espresso details, bh cupping protocols, brewers cup championship coaching and barista championship coaching. There will also be five competitions held over the weekend on latte art, baristas and more. If the above technical words don’t mean much to you, it’s probably because they are addressed to coffee professionals and the Industry Day on October 15 has more planned for them.
The first day of the festival is an invitation-only expo focused on professionals of the hospitality industry who seek solutions related to coffee. Coffee shop owners, restaurant managers, baristas, coffee distributors and F&B professionals are invited. To attend they need to send the festival a request through the website (www.limassolcoffeefestival.com) and receive their free invitation. For the rest of us humble coffee drinkers there will be other activities to enjoy on October 16 and 17 from 10am to 6pm.
Visitors to the festival will enjoy free coffees included within the €10 day pass, and can buy beans and home barista equipment, attend workshops and support baristas at the coffee championships. Sixteen coffee brands will take part in the exhibitions. Some you may know, such as Coffeehouse Taste Habitat and Kafes tou Laikou, others like Kudu Coffee Roasters and Enra Coffee perhaps not.
Limassol Coffee Festival
Industry day. October 15. Visitors day with a coffee expo, street food and music. October 16-17. Limassol Marina, Limassol. 10am-6pm. €10 online, €12 at the door. www.limassolcoffeefestival.com