The International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF), dedicated to the specialty coffee and tea industry opened on 2 November at Meydan Gallery and Convention Centre, Dubai.
Running until 4 November, the trade event will showcase cafe solutions, including tea and coffee products and bar and café equipment.
Anselm Godinho, managing director, International Conferences & Exhibitions, the organisers of the Coffee Championships, said: “The region’s only exhibition dedicated to coffee and tea attracts more than 8,500 trade visitors, offering them infinite business opportunities in a booming industry.
“The International Coffee & Tea Festival offers a healthy and competitive platform for new players to enter the industry while throwing the spotlight on roasters and roasting equipment, which are enjoying high demand as the coffee roasting business witnesses exponential growth in the Middle East.”
A series of national coffee competitions will take place during the event, including Barista, Latte Art, Brewer’s Cup, and Cup Tasters championships.
In addition, hands-on training programmes certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), will be available at beginner, intermediate and professional level for baristas, roasters and business owners.
Covering coffee preparation, green coffee grading and roasting, the workshops will be delivered by industry experts and all participants will be awarded with globally-recognised certificates.
Also featuring are ‘Brew Bar’ presentations and seminars, highlighting the preparation of different types of coffee and tea using a variety of brewing methods.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sample the tastes and aromas of coffee and tea from different parts of the world and find out more about what is trending in the café industry around the world.
The International Coffee & Tea Festival is open to adults over 18 from 11am – 7pm on November 2 and 3, 2016 and from 3pm-10pm on November 4, 2016.
ICTF is supported by the SCAA and World Coffee Events (WCE). For more information: www.coffeeteafest.com