The Dubai International Coffee Championships is set to launch this year as part of The Dubai International Coffee & Tea Festival (DICTF), taking place on 14 – 16 December at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The competition, which includes the Dubai International Barista Championship and the Dubai International Brewers Championship, will this year offer a cash prize of $25,000.
Anselm Godinho, managing director of International Conferences and Exhibitions, DICTF’s organiser, said: “DICTF has been instrumental in raising awareness of Specialty Coffee in the region. We aim to support this exponential business growth with a relative and crucial focus on the coffee as a profession.
“These championships will provide local and international baristas with an experience of a lifetime. We are not only building the level of confidence in the barista community by bringing the profession to the fore, but we are also providing competitors with a platform where their ingenuity, hard work, and persistence will be highlighted and rewarded.”
Participants from the UAE and internationally will compete against each other in a test of skills, imagination, and creativity while preparing a series of beverages on-stage.
The competitions will be held consecutively to allow baristas to participate in both.
Certified Professional Coffee Championship judges from around the world will form part of the judging panel, and will evaluate performance based on the taste of the served beverages, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation.
Godinho added: “For 2017, we raised the stakes by increasing the prize money and offering considerable opportunities for business and professional growth.
“We are confident that this year’s edition will be one of the most exciting in the event’s history, judging from the new features lined up and the overwhelming number of participants who have signed up already for the DICTF and the Championships,”